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Freaky (2020): A Review

Freaky

A Freaky Modern Classic

Before you presume this is just a scarier ode to 2003’s Freaky Friday, hold on—Freaky is actually funny, jump-worthy, and overall skillfully calculated. As a typical slasher should have, this 2020 flick includes multiple abrupt moments of violence but even more scenes with humor. With comedy veteran Vince Vaughn and tenacious rising star Kathryn Newton, the two make a dynamic duo alongside a strong cast. 

Starting with the plot, the majority of earth recognized this as a slaughter version of the Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan body-switcheroo movie—until they saw an even stranger sight: the guy who played Fred Claus is a psycho killer hellbent on murdering high school teenagers. This is enough to grip the audience’s attention.

But what’s even stronger is the relatable coming-of-age storyline of Newton’s character, Millie. With a small, tight circle of friends and an innocent crush on the school’s cute boy, several age groups of viewers are already drawn in and can easily sympathize with the character. It’s only when she is suddenly stalked and stabbed by the town murderer when we are now on the edge of our seats. 

While Freaky has its slice-and-dice moments, it stands an umbrella of humor. Once Millie is switched with the “Blissfield Butcher,” all of the little mannerisms and complexities that come with switching genders flow in. For starters, Millie struggles to make sense of using the men’s bathroom, which is naturally funny simply because for her, it’s, well…freaky.

But the other side of the comedy is when Millie must convince her friends that it’s in fact her in the Butcher’s body. Imagine having to quickly explain to your closest buddies that it’s really you standing in front of them, just inside the notorious killer’s shape. 

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Aside from its general laugh-out-loud storyline, Freaky has countless minor moments of more specific and modern jokes. Take Josh’s (Misha Osherovich) iconic line, “You’re Black, I’m gay. We are SO dead!” That’s just one nod to the modern societal awareness of how horribly true that is. Yet, the dark humor effortlessly encourages the audience to laugh, even though they wonder whether they should or not. 

Then there’s that infamous kiss between Millie’s crush, Booker, (Uriah Shelton) and Vaughn. Most teenage boys would never dare to do that kiss, but Booker proves himself to actually like Millie’s personality (a truly unique move for a Gen Z kid). But from an audience standpoint, the moment is purely funny, but not because it’s two dudes kissing — it’s an older guy and a much younger one together. 

The cast, of course, carries the story flawlessly. Vaughn brings his own goofiness to the role and makes switching between a murderer and a teenage girl look easy; Newton brought her own edge as well, as she embodies the killer and Millie perfectly. Her facial expressions as the Butcher and as Millie almost look like she’s a completely different person on the outside just by lowering her eyes slightly. 

Aside from the main duo, the rest of the cast is undeniably impressive. From Osherovich’s youthful wit to Celeste O’Connor’s (who played Nyla) strong attitude, and to Shelton’s boyish charm, each character truly shines in their own way. With older slashers, most of the supporting and minor characters aren’t given this chance, but the cast of Freaky made sure they each had their own moments to stand out. 

All in all, Freaky’s concept isn’t totally new to us, but its plot and character details as well as the actors created a fresh horror—one that will go down as a true modern classic.

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Freaky (2020) Official Universal Pictures Trailer

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Elisabeth joined Dead Talk News in 2022 and loves movies and TV! After working for various sites, including Screen Rant and Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Elisabeth joined DTN to critique and review various movies, from horror flicks to Disney live-actions.