10/13/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #13 – Freaky (2020).

Since today is October 13th, and the original title of this movie was Freaky Friday the 13th, I felt it was appropriate to put Freaky on the books for today. This is just a fun movie. I’m a sucker for director Christopher Landon’s stuff. They’re almost always more playful than scary, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need. But that doesn’t mean they don’t also always have their scary moments. They’re always a good mix. Here is the brief imdb synopsis:

After swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer, a young girl in high school discovers she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent.

If you’re familiar with his other movies Happy Death Day and Happy Death Day 2U, you kind of understand the tone you’re going to get here. Freaky uses that same kind of playfulness. Watching Vince Vaughn play a teenage girl, as well as Kathryn Newton play a old male serial killer, is just a good time. But then you add a ton of gore and some great slasher notes, and it’s a fun hodgepodge mix of genres. Yes, you’ll even be laughing while someone literally gets split in half by a table saw. This movie came out during the pandemic so a lot of people didn’t get to see it in a theater, but that’s a shame because I feel it would play great with a crowd. Freaky is also a good crossover film for people who don’t totally love horror movies, but still want to watch them with you. Just make sure you warn them about the gore… or maybe don’t. It might be more fun that way.

Where to Watch: Streaming on HBO Max

Food/Drink Pairing: Some Twizzlers and a 5th of Jim Beam.

4 thoughts on “10/13/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #13 – Freaky (2020).

  1. I thought it was a fun movie. That scene in the car with Vince and the kid had me rolling. I didn’t think they were going to take it there but they did. It’s kind of interesting and with this and Happy Death Day, there is obviously a trend of taking typical sub-genres and adding a quirky twist to them.

    I would actually be interested in other gimmicks they go with, the ideas are endless and not far off from happening:
    1988’s Big – maybe a serial killer becomes young
    1993’s Last Action Hero – a horror fan goes into a horror movie and befriends the killer/monster
    1992’s Cool World – a horror comic artist goes into his own created world of horror

    1. All great ideas. I’ve heard of numerous attempts at this type of thing trying to be developed right now. We’ll see which ones actually make it out of development hell.

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