I can’t remember the last time I watched a horror film that was as violent and scary as it was fun and funny. Probably not since the cool horror films of the 80s and 90s now that I think about it. Thankfully director Christopher Landon shares the love of the classic thriller flicks of that era with the release of Freaky. Taking the classic film Freaky Friday and mixing with some slasher chills and thrills makes for one of the best and humorous horror movies I’ve seen.
Our own Christian Stirling enjoyed this interesting take on the slasher genre, and you can go over his review for all of the plot details and more while I cover my take and the home release details. While I heard a lot about this film before seeing it, I went in without any expectations and found myself having a blast. As with Love and Monsters, it immediately reminded me of the fun popcorn movies of the 80s and 90s, but with today’s special effects and teenage tropes.
I also enjoyed how I was reeling from a shocking death scene one moment while turning around and laughing the next. There’s also some surprising touching moments that caught me off guard in a good way, which is always a plus in my book, and Christopher Landon manages to make all of these things work perfectly together.
The Blu-ray release of the film looks and sounds great, which is exactly what’s needed in a good horror film. The visuals are crisp and clean as is the Dolby HD audio. I would’ve loved to had seen a 4K UHD release with HDR, and here’s hoping one day it’ll come to pass.
There’s also a few special features to go over, starting with audio commentary by co-writer/director Christopher Landon. It was cool listening to him go over how he went about making the film, some of the production process, and such. “Split Personalities: Millie vs. The Butcher” delves into how Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton worked together to bring their characters to life while also switching them around and playing them to perfection. This was by far my favorite thing about the film as well as being the special feature I enjoyed the most.
“Crafting the Kills” goes behind the scenes of the wood shop piece to show viewers what went into making one of the sickest kills in a horror film, “Christopher Landon’s Brand of Horror” goes into how the director works his horror magic on the film as he’s no stranger to the genre thanks to helming movies such as Happy Death Day, its sequel, and some others. There’s also some deleted scenes that don’t really add or take away from the film, but you can see why they were cut from the final product, and a few other extras as well.
Freaky is a fun horror movie, something I haven’t seen in quite some time and was more than glad to see again. A great cast playing their characters spot on, along with some gruesome horror and plenty of humor make this one freaky film you don’t want to miss.