After bringing us the genre blending slasher time loop comedy delight that was Happy Death Day and it’s more sci-fi leaning sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, Christopher Landon is back with FREAKY.
Keeping with his ongoing theme of taking two genres and slamming them together to great effect, FREAKY asks what would happen if The Hot Chick played out as a slasher film (who wouldn’t want to watch that).
FREAKY feels like a return to the straightforward simplistic fare of the first Happy Death Day for Landon, which works to great effect. After the fun (and quite gory!) stereotypical teen slasher film opening sequence we are introduced to Kathryn Newton’s Millie Kessler, a student at Blissfield High who though some body swap magic gets put into the body of Vince Vaughn’s aptly named serial killer, The Blissfield Butcher.
This is where both Newton and Vaughn really start to have some fun, with Newton now a menacing serial killer in a teen body and Vaughn gleefully acting as a teen student in a comparatively massive and hilariously overpowered body.
There isn’t anything absolutely ground-breaking going on here but that’s kind of what makes this film a whole lot of fun, It let’s the focus stay on the great two performances and is honestly a perfect film to get away from 2020 for a while.
FREAKY excels in every way you’d want it to, it fits perfectly into Landon’s filmography and style with two great performances at the centre.
Highly recommended if you enjoyed Landon’s earlier Happy Death Day films or even if you’re just a slasher fan, you won’t be disappointed.
FREAKY slashes into cinemas this Thursday the 12th November Australia wide! (Yes even Melbourne!!)
Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia for providing the screener for review.