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Old 09-28-21, 09:33 PM
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"Freaky" Reviews/Discussion - 2021 Horror Challenge



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Old 10-05-21, 12:22 AM
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Re: "Freaky" Reviews/Discussion - 2021 Horror Challenge

This is the movie that taught me the term 'clam jam'
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Re: "Freaky" Reviews/Discussion - 2021 Horror Challenge

Not too bad as far as horror comedies go. At times, I thought the characters might have been played too broad, but I imagine at least some of that was to help really reinforce the body swap aspect of it and give the two main actors something more to play on. There were some good kills and gore. Actually, it was far bloodier than I expected. Also unexpected but welcome to see was how they didn't shy away from exploiting the difference in bodies. The killer didn't magically retain his strength in a teen girl's body. That being said, they might have portrayed him as being a little too strong. Hard to balance, I'm sure.
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Re: "Freaky" Reviews/Discussion - 2021 Horror Challenge

A fun one time watch. probably not something I would revisit.
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The title is an obvious hat tip to Freaky Friday, and there are some sly allusions to other serial killer flicks during the film. This was okay, but not great, although Vince Vaughan plays a teen girl really well.

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Re: "Freaky" Reviews/Discussion - 2021 Horror Challenge

Originally Posted by SterlingBen
This is the movie that taught me the term 'clam jam'
Lol, that whole exchange in the locker room is hilarious. ‘Did he? You know... I’ve seen SVU, I know all the signs.’
Old 10-23-21, 07:04 PM
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I thought this was really funny. Vince Vaughn plays a teenage girl very well.
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I enjoyed Freaky. The playfulness with gender norms was at times clever and at times annoying. The heroine was feeble except when she was in the man's body and even then the comedy was from Vince acting ditsy and powerless; which was cute but not for a feature film. The dark twist on Freaky Friday is smart but I agree the characters were too generic. The dagger presented too much of a chase quest and combined with thinner characters not enough time for Freaky to really play more deeply with it's themes and premise. I enjoyed the upbeat nature of Freaky and assortment of side characters that really carried the film.
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My favorite type of horror movie--slick production, great actors, lots of style, and a sense of humor along with the thrills. The best part of this is watching Vince Vaughn act like a teenaged girl. Newton did a great job too. 4/5 stars.
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I really like Vince Vaughn so this was a fun one.
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Going into this, I was about 95% sure that I was going to like this...and I was right. I really loved Happy Death Day and The Babysitter, and this seemed like it would have a similar vibe to those films, and it did. I was surprised that it got as gory as it did in places, but I was even more surprised that the film took the time to make us care about the characters. The moment between Milly (in the killer's body) and her mom on the other side of the changing room door didn't have to be in the film, but its addition really added a layer of depth to the characters that one just doesn't see very often in slasher films. It's one of my two favorite first-time watches of the Challenge this year.

My subset film rankings for the Challenge thus far:

1. Battle Royale
2. Carrie (1976)
3. Curse of the Demon
4. Freaky
5. Slither
6. The Ninth Gate
7. Tower of Evil
8. Witchfinder General
9. A Bay of Blood / The Spiral Staircase (averaged together)
10. Planet Terror
11. Silent Madness
12. Slumber Party Massacre II (based purely on its out-of-left-field aesthetic)
13. In Search of Darkness
14. Road Games
15. Daughters of Darkness
16. The Collector
17. Cure
18. Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
19. Grave Robbers (Ladrones de Tumbas)
20. The Severed Arm
21. Fade to Black
22. The Empty Man
23. The Mortuary Collection
24. Cutting Class
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Re: "Freaky" Reviews/Discussion - 2021 Horror Challenge

Originally Posted by rbrown498
Going into this, I was about 95% sure that I was going to like this...and I was right. I really loved Happy Death Day and The Babysitter, and this seemed like it would have a similar vibe to those films, and it did. I was surprised that it got as gory as it did in places, but I was even more surprised that the film took the time to make us care about the characters.
It was fun watching the killer in Milly's body dispatch all those baddies, including the shop teacher. Delightful.

Vince Vaugn is a tall dude!

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Re: "Freaky" Reviews/Discussion - 2021 Horror Challenge

Entertaining twist on the popular body-switching theme. I preferred Happy Death Day and probably won’t rewatch this, though.
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Originally Posted by Toddarino
I really like Vince Vaughn so this was a fun one.
Agreed, this was fun and a nice change of pace.
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Re: "Freaky" Reviews/Discussion - 2021 Horror Challenge

I enjoyed this one too. Vaughan is always fun to watch, and the physical comedy aspects of the swap were done well. Bloodier than I expected, and could have done without much of the dagger quest stuff.

Stealing rbrown’s subset ranking idea:

Curse of the Demon, 8/10
The Phantom Carriage, 8/10
Carrie, 8/10
Fade to Black, 8/10
Cure, 8/10
Battle Royale, 8/10

The Spiral Staircase, 8/10
The Empty Man, 8/10
Slumber Party Massacre 2, 7/10
The Ninth Gate, 7/10
A Bay of Blood, 7/10
The Frighteners, 7/10

Road Games, 7/10
Slither, 7/10
Witchfinder General, 7/10
Wildling, 7/10
Planet Terror, 7/10
Freaky, 6/10
The Mortuary Collection, 6/10
Cutting Class, 6/10
Prom Night 2: Hello Mary Lou, 6/10
In Search of Darkness, 6/10
Tower of Evil, 5/10
Grave Robbers, 5/10
Daughters of Darkness, 5/10

Silent Madness, 5/10
The Severed Arm, 4/10
The Collector, 2/10

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