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Freaky Blu-ray Review

“Freaky” is a fun body swap horror comedy.

Much like “Happy Death Day” was the horror comedy version of “Groundhog Day,” “Freaky” is the horror comedy version of “Freaky Friday.” In “Freaky,” a shy teen girl (Millie) ends up swapping bodies with a notorious masked serial killer (the Blissfield Butcher) after being stabbed by an ancient dagger. With the help of Millie’s friends Josh and Nyla and her crush (Booker), Millie has to get back to her own body before she is permanently stuck in the Butcher’s body.

Writer/director Christopher Landon is fast becoming the go to horror comedy for Blumhouse and it’s easy to see why. Along with co-writer Michael Kennedy, Landon has created yet another highly entertaining multi-genre flick that lovingly plays with age old tropes and pays homage to body swap movies like “Big” and the aforementioned “Freaky Friday” and slashers like “Friday The 13th” and “Halloween.” It also has something to say about gender, bullying, friendship, and family along the way too. Although I do think there could have been a bit more humor given the built-in comedy factor, there’s still plenty of laughs to be had here along with some truly twisted gory death scenes (the wine bottle in the throat and the saw blade sequences are particularly noteworthy).

Much of the comedy comes from one person here- Vince Vaughn. To say he steals the movie is an understatement. It’s good to see the veteran actor go back to his comedy roots again with what is arguably his best comedic vehicle since “Old School.” He also gets to play a killer role again which he has also done in the past ala “Psycho” and “Clay Pigeons.” Vaughn truly seems to relish these dual roles here and it’s a delight to watch on screen. Rising star Kathryn Newton also shines in dual roles as the teen Millie whose body becomes inhabited by a cold, brutal killer. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a pristine print.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A dynamic and effective 5.1 track.


Extras:
* DVD Copy and Digital Copy
* 3 deleted scenes
* 4 featurettes- “Split Personalities: Millie Vs. the Butcher,” “Crafting The Kills,” “Christopher Landon’s Brand Of Horror” and “Final Girl Reframed.”
* Commentary by Christopher Landon.

February 8, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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