This November, on Friday the 13th, prepare to get Freaky with a twisted take on the body-swap movie when a teenage girl switches bodies with a relentless serial killer.
A Body-Swap Mash-Up Slasher and Comedy
Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler (KATHRYN NEWTON, Blockers, HBO’s Big Little Lies) is just trying to survive the bloodthirsty halls of Blissfield High and the cruelty of the popular crowd. But when she becomes the newest target of The Butcher (VINCE VAUGHN), her town’s infamous serial killer, her senior year becomes the least of her worries.
When The Butcher’s mystical ancient dagger causes him and Millie to wake up in each other’s bodies, Millie learns that she has just 24 hours to get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever. The only problem is she now looks like a towering psychopath who’s the target of a city-wide manhunt while The Butcher looks like her and has brought his appetite for carnage to homecoming.
With some help from her friends—ultra-woke Nyla (CELESTE O’CONNOR, Ghostbusters: Afterlife), ultra-fabulous Joshua (CELESTE O’CONNOR, The Goldfinch), and her crush, Booker (URIAH SHELTON, Enter the Warriors Gate)—Millie races against the clock to reverse the curse while The Butcher discovers that having a female teen body is the perfect cover for a little homecoming killing spree.
Behind Freaky’s Killer Stunts
No death in Freaky is ordinary, and the filmmakers invited original ways for The Butcher to dispatch his victims, including killing a student in a locker room cryochamber. “The cryochamber death was actually a last-minute addition,” Christopher Landon says. “We had scripted a placeholder death and were trying to think about what would happen inside of a girls’ locker room. When we went to a high school location scout, the school had such advanced facilities for their sports department. I started poking around looking at some high schools that have very robust and well-funded sports programs and a lot of them had cryochambers. I started laughing at the idea of someone getting locked in a cryochamber. It just suddenly clicked in my head. As for the rest of the deaths, they were all scripted. We wanted them all to be big, gory, and brutal.”
Freaky is written by Landon and MICHAEL KENNEDY (Fox’s Bordertown). The film is produced by Blumhouse Productions in association with Divide/Conquer. The executive producers are COUPER SAMUELSON and JEANETTE VOLTURNO.
The film also stars ALAN RUCK (HBO’s Succession) as sexist shop teacher Mr. Bernardi, KATIE FINNERAN (TV’s Why Women Kill) playing Millie’s overprotective mother, Coral, and DANA DRORI (Hulu’s High Fidelity) playing Millie’s tough, police officer sister, Charlene.