Freaky (2020)

1h 42m / R / Comedy, Slasher

Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton) spends her days trying to survive high school and the cruelty of the popular crowd. But when she becomes the latest target of the Butcher (Vince Vaughn), the town’s infamous serial killer, her senior year becomes the least of her worries. When the Butcher’s mystical dagger causes him and Millie to magically switch bodies, the frightened teen learns she has just 24 hours to get her identity back before she looks like a middle-aged man (and murderer) forever.

Even if the title didn’t tip you off and the body-swap plot didn’t clue you in (both nods to another famed film switcheroo, Freaky Friday), hopefully the part about the town having an “infamous serial killer” should give you an idea of what this film is all about. But if all of that doesn’t do it, maybe the credits will: director Christpher Landon was also the co-writer of Disturbia, which took Rear Window and turned it into a Shia LaBeouf teen vehicle. A spunky, nostalgic, delightful horror-comedy with heart, Freaky will having you both screaming and smiling for its full runtime.

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