Director Christopher Landon proved he knew how to blend horror and comedy with expertise through his two Happy Death Day movies. Now he’s back, putting another spin on an often-told tale. Last time it was time loops; this time it’s body-swapping.
Freaky Friday has been remade over and over through the years, mostly by Disney themselves, but they probably wouldn’t go for this kind of take. This time, in what’s just being called Freaky, the body-swap happens between a serial slasher and the hapless teenager he was trying to kill.
The protagonist is Millie, a plain-looking (not really, but just go with it) student who nobody ever notices. She doesn’t get invited to parties and the boys walk right past her. “I’m the kind of person who gets killed off first in a horror movie,” she says, right before that nearly happens. She wakes up the next morning in a creepy house, as a middle-aged man, and has to find a way to convince her few friends what happened, while preventing the killer from wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting school.
Kathryn Newton is no Jessica Rothe, but she’s having a ball in Freaky playing dual roles and flashing evil smirks. Rounding out the cast are Celeste O’Connor, Misha Osherovich, Uriah Shelton, and Vince Vaughn as the slasher / bodyswapped Millie.
The overall feel of the film, at least judging by the trailer, reminds us a lot of Landon’s own Happy Death Day — which is a good thing. Freaky will be released November 13 in whatever theaters are open.