Pretty simple premise – what if Freak Friday was a horror movie? The execution of said premise in Freaky is kind of amazing, as this could’ve been a really cheesy send-up but somehow director Christopher Landon stuck the landing, more so than his genre-bending series Happy Death Day. While Kathryn Newton’s early foundation-building in the first act is admirable, Vince Vaughn steals the show as a teenage girl stuck in a serial killer’s body. No obvious moment is missed in this Scream-like sendup of horror tropes, including the obligatory false ending which I think cheapened the movie a bit, but chalk this film up as one of the rare modern horror movies that is actually good. Repeat viewings will solidify it’s status, but I foresee Freaky taking it’s rightful place next to self-aware horror like Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.
Bottom Line A self-aware horror comedy that's actually funny, thanks to some cleaver writing and a great performance by veteran comedy actor Vince Vaughn.