Freaky 2020 film is American comedy slasher movie that tells a stoey of a mystical, ancient dagger causes a notorious serial killer to magically switch bodies with a 17-year-old girl.
|Vince Vaughn as Blissfield Butcher||Katie Finneran|
|Kathryn Newton as Millie||Alan Ruck|
|Celeste O’Connor||Christopher Landon Director|
|Misha Osherovich as Josh||Christopher Landon Screenwriter|
|Uriah Shelton as Booker||Michael Kennedy Screenwriter|
|Dana Drori||Jason Blum Producer|
|Couper Samuelson Executive Producer||Jeanette Volturno-Brill Executive Producer|
Freaky 2020 Movie was directed by Christopher Landon and he is returning once again to a weird sort of sci-fi twist on it for a film.
He recently directed the 2 happy death day films and now he’s returning to tell the story of Millie played by Kathryn Newton.
A high school girl who swaps bodies with the Blissfield butcher. A serial killer played by the 6 foot 4 giant Vince Vaughn and she finds out that if this swap lasts for more than 24 hours it becomes permanent.
Obviously this film is very inspired by the freaky Friday movies. The original with Jodie foster in the most recent one with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Body swapping movies are nothing new your name is probably my favorite. One and once again Christopher Landon has taken another idea that has been done well in other films like groundhog day or edge of tomorrow, transferring it to horror with happy death day.
And this time taking an idea from a Disney comedy and making it a slasher and I found this film to be pretty fun.
It’s satirical of slasher films, especially the opening scene which has dialogue that is obviously tribute in a lot of slasher films including font.
That looks exactly like the Friday the thirteenth font and movies very tongue in cheek throughout the entire run time. It doesn’t take itself very seriously at all. But the real reason to watch this movie is Vince Vaughn.
He is the funniest he’s been in years. As a 6 foot 4 guy with the brain of a teenage girl. As Vince Vaughn he’s trying to convince Millie’s friends that she’s inside of him and of course a 6 foot 4 guys confronting them at school, so obviously that’s kind of weird.
His scenes are the reason to watch this movie he’s worth the price of admission. Kathryn Newton is pretty good as Millie but she doesn’t get that much to do.
The excitement around her character is that once she becomes the serial killer persona, she’s able to get revenge on people that were very rude or mean to her when she was her normal self.
So walking through the hallways as a serial killer, suddenly all these people who were mean to her before about to have a very rude awakening.
But once that’s done and the catharsis that you feel for her character that actually isn’t Millie, it’s just someone who looks like Millie.
Once that wears off there’s really not much more that Kathryn Newton can do with their role, but scowl. She walks around doing a lot of Kubrick’s stairs.
Besides that the character becomes kind of boring for the rest of the movie and I found myself waiting for Vince Vaughn to come back on screen.
Because by far his scenes are the best. He has some of the most awkward and hilarious scenes throughout the film.
But outside of the confines of the body swapping event the movie just isn’t all that interesting. The writing can be very on the nose. The mom says to her daughter early in the film something along the lines of “he’s been so quiet ever since your dad you know”.
There’s just not a lot of subtlety there and I know the movie isn’t going for that. But some of the dialogue treats the audience very poorly. As if we are dumb and can’t understand that her father has passed.
They have to have lines like that where you can tell the writer would just like to say exactly what happened, but they’ll cut the sentence off instead of finishing it. So the information has been passed on to the audience, but they didn’t have to say it all the way. It’s the same as saying it. It’s really really unnecessary.
The firm also doesn’t other thing I hate that teen movies often do, and that’s hire someone who is stunning absolutely gorgeous. And she will eventually have a makeover but before said makeover everyone in the school treats her as if she’s somehow hideous and I just don’t buy it.
It’s it’s laughable, when these 3 boys are mocking Kathryn Newton, it’s very very mid nineties. There’s this thing that Hollywood does where they think that you know if you just put on some lipstick and maybe we’re like a pony tail and change your coat, suddenly everyone in school to just drop their jaws when you walk through the door.
It’s stupid. It doesn’t make any sense and I always always always hate it. It’s an old Hollywood cliche that needs to die.
Christopher Landon is a good director though. His film looks really good. He populates his shots with a lot of action. He tries to get longer takes and do interesting things with the blocking. He’s a good director.
The writing however in the film is not very strong. It’s obviously another idea transferred over to horror and this is his third film doing that granted the last one was a sequel.
For his next film, I love to see him try something it isn’t just another idea but given a horror stamp. I have said this movie’s pretty entertaining and mostly because of Vince Vaughn.
I’ gonna give Freaky 2020 Movie a B-minus. Thank you so much for reading my reviews. See you next time.