Blumhouse Productions’ recently released the trailer for its latest horror project, Freaky, and it looks frighteningly hilarious. This slasher take on the Freaky Friday switcheroo concept stars Vince Vaughn as the serial killer “The Butcher” and Kathryn Newton as his latest victim, high school student, Millie, just trying to get by in life. When he uses a magical blade as a weapon, the two switch bodies and Millie (in Vaughn’s body) now has to convince her friends to help her stop the killer (now strutting around psychotic and unnoticed in Millie’s body) before 24 hours is up. Otherwise, she is stuck in the killer’s body permanently.
Written and directed by Happy Death Day scribe Christopher Landon, this film’s unique and clever take on the classic body-switch definitely gives it that “edge” as far as new and original material. Really, thought, they had me at Vaughn spending a good portion of the movie portraying a teenage girl.
There have been plenty of horror parodies out there, as well as many slasher films that are unintentionally hilarious, but a there are a few films in the horror genre that manage to blend the right of amount of bloody fun with some barrel laughs. Until things get Freaky in November, are five films to enjoy for equal parts jump scare and chuckles, as well as one coming soon for your streaming pleasure:
Shaun of The Dead
When people ask me my favorite “rom-com,” I always tell them this Simon Pegg and Nick Frost zombie tribute movie, first in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy. It’s hard to maintain a struggling relationship when the zombie apocalypse hits, but working class slacker Shaun (Pegg) is doing his best. This is not only gives the viewers some great laughs and solid, intense gory escape scenes, it is filled with shout-outs and Easter eggs celebrating the legacy of other famous zombie films. So, “let’s go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for this all to blow over” while enjoying Pegg and Frost as their best.
The Cabin in the Woods
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard take on the horror genre and all it’s cliches, with a twist. Yet, again, five college kids head out to spend a cozy, isolated weekend at a “cabin in the woods,” and anyone who knows the drill knows their fate…but do they? This film gives us a darkly hysterical reason behind the usual mis-grouping of would-be victims, complete with harbingers and “husband bulges.” It doesn’t skimp on the bloodbath (there’s enough for six slashers), but is also has some of the funniest, driest one-liners in the genre: “I am never going to get to see a merman.”
Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop, and when a slacker teen’s hand becomes possessed, he has to find a way to stop if from going on its one-handed killing spree. Devon Sawa does a great job in the lead, but it also sports a good supporting cast. The undead buddy dynamic between Seth Green and Elden Henson, is continuously, disgustingly entertaining.
“Okay, I’m not going through all this Tanya…”
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
The television series may have lasted longer, but the original Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie starring the super cool Kristy Swanson (who will always be Marlowe in Psych to me) and Donald Sutherland, is a classic. As much as I enjoyed the series it inspired, the movie didn’t get too bogged down in the dark, sad, serious side of the life of a young slayer. The movie mixes just the right amount of action, sarcasm and cuteness, but the main reason this film makes the humor cut is Paul Reubens’s campy emo vampire. He has one of the best death scenes in vampire movie history, and if you haven’t yet seen it you don’t know the joy of recreating it among friends. Oh yes, and Rutger Hauer
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
If this ultimate redneck gorefest isn’t the best and funniest example of just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, I don’t know what it. Every city-dwelling horror aficianado knows to avoid the backwoods dweller at all costs, but what if they aren’t the ones to blame at all for the death toll in this film. What really makes it is the comedy timing of Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine. The moral of this story is if you’re just couple of well-meaning good-old-boys, don’t try to help out the clueless millennials. It won’t go well for you, but it will be a hoot for everyone watching.
If you haven’t had enough…
Hubie Halloween (Coming Oct. 7)
Netflix and Adam Sandler, along with all the usual suspects at Happy Madison Productions are putting together SNL alum filled Halloween romp, Hubie Halloween, in which long time Halloween fan and “rule monitor” Hubie Dubois (Sandler), discover some real monstrous threats lurking in his town and must save the day, with or without the help of the local police force (Kevin James and Kenan Thompson). Verdict is still as out for this one, but you know you want to see it:
Freaky is set for release in theaters on Friday, Nov. 13.