Blumhouse’s brand new horror production “Freaky” is a pure pleasure, and arrives at theaters this weekend – Friday the 13th – is just another clever homage to the genre. 

Directed by Christopher Landon, one of the horror new voices nowadays, “Freaky” is a love letter to horror classics including “Scream” and “Friday the 13th” (of course) while blending the genre with dark comedy. Landon certainly knows how to turn his horror films into something fresh. He had done some great jobs with “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” in 2015 and his career breakout “Happy Death Day” and its sequel “Happy Death Day 2U”.

His latest “Freaky” is, however, not as charming as the “Happy Death Day” franchise, but it’s still entertaining, refreshing, and exciting. There’re twists, bloody body kills, and incredible performance – especially from the two leading casts Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton, both steal the film at their shining moments. 

I’ve seen Vaughn on the screen for nearly two decades, but this is probably the first time I see him fully lives in the character. Here, Vaughn is a cold-blood killing machine at the beginning with frightening physical strength. Then, he has to act like a teenage girl inside a male’s body and try to figure out how to hunt the killer (now lives in her body) down and bring everything back to normal. Same as Newton, her performance is hilarious as a muscular killer trapped inside a new body, but then finds out it’s great to hide in the crowd and act like an innocent girl. Body-swap films are always interesting due to the reason that actors have to deliver two different performances in the same film, and “Freaky” never wastes these two powerhouses, mixing body-swap with horror and comedy effortlessly.

There’re so much fun in “Freaky”. It’s smart, funny, and delightful. Being rated as an R-rating film (the two “Happy Death Day” films are both PG-13) for several shocking (sometimes guiltily funny) body slashes, London brings back the unapologetic tension and massacres from the slasher horror I adore but rarely seen these days. It might be too early to say Landon is the next Wes Craven, the cinema master who was always excellent at bringing the horror genre new looks, but there’s no doubt that Landon is one the brightest major horror filmmakers working nowadays. And I, of course, will wait for anything he brings on the table next time.

GRADE: B-

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  • Distributor: Universal Pictures
  • Production: Blumhouse Productions and Divide/Conquer
  • Director: Christopher Landon
  • Writer: Michael Kennedy and Christopher Landon
  • Producer: Jason Blum and Adam Hendricks
  • Cast: Kathryn Newton, Vince Vaughn, Misha Osherovich, Celeste O’Connor, and Uriah Shelton
  • “Freaky” will be released in theaters Friday the 13th of November

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