By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Director Christopher Landon previously delivered a horror version of GROUNDHOG DAY, and now he’s putting a serial-killer spin on BIG.
Universal has released the trailer and poster for FREAKY, a Blumhouse-produced horror/comedy that opens Friday the 13th of November. Landon scripted the film with Michael Kennedy, and it stars Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton (BLOCKERS), Celeste O’Connor, Misha Osherovich, Uriah Shelton, Alan Ruck, Katie Finneran (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ’90) and Dana Drori. The synopsis: “Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler [Newton] 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 [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 [O’Connor], ultra-fabulous Joshua [Osherovich] and her crush Booker [Shelton]—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.”