“Freaky”

4 STARS

The less you know about “Freaky,” the better the film’s surprise payoff will be. Don’t read any spoiler-filled reviews. Don’t watch the trailer. Go in as blind to the premise as possible when you watch this fun and campy slasher flick if you want to experience the maximum enjoyment.

Teenager Millie (Kathryn Newton) is having a rough go of it. She spends her days trying to survive the endless bullying from the mean girls at her high school while dealing with her often drunk, newly widowed mother (Katie Finneran). Her best friends Nyla (Celeste O’Connor) and Josh (Misha Osherovich) are by Millie’s side to keep her sane. But when she becomes the latest target of the town’s infamous serial killer called The Butcher (Vince Vaughn), something very strange happens that will potentially change the course of her senior year forever.

There is so much to like about this horror comedy. Most of the stereotypical genre elements make an appearance, but it’s the plot twist (revealed early on) that elevates it above the rest. The story is inventive and the actors are charismatic. Vaughn and Newton are given the opportunity to ham it up a bit, and they take their roles and run with it in the most delightful way possible. This is one of my favorite Vaughn performances in years.

There are gruesome kills that aren’t for the squeamish (the film absolutely earns its R rating), and the breezy humor and goofy one-liners make “Freaky” stand out from the crowd. It’s one of the more pleasant movie surprises of the year.

By: Louisa Moore

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