Forget about that 2003 remake starring Lindsay Lohan. Freaky Friday is one of those Walt Disney studio classics before the company issued special re-release limited VHS tapes and merchandised every film to its hilt to become a corporate behemoth. The 1976 movie (written by Mary Rodgers, based on her novel) starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris as mom and daughter swapping bodies and needing to live life literally in the skin of the other. It was the kind of film your parents would take you to and you’d have a great time (I did). Flash forward a few generations and we now have an homage that might as well be a remake of Freaky Friday, only this time it stars wacky comedic actor Vince Vaughn as a creepy 50-year-old serial killer, swapped with a high schooler played by young actress Kathryn Newton (Supernatural, Paranormal Activity 4). It’s called simply Freaky, and it’s from Blumhouse and directed by 1970s icon Michael Landon’s son Christopher Landon, well established now as a slasher movie and slasher comedy movie director. Unfortunately the release will miss Halloween, but it looks like one to keep on the radar for its inevitable home release. Check out the trailer below.
Christopher Landon directed the hilarious Happy Death Day timeloop series of films. His latest horror flick is in the same vein (pun intended) as the Scream series, his films usually full of more laughs than scares. And it looks like Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island, with that fun mixed with horror of Ready or Not. Vaughn, who starred as Norman Bates in the Psycho remake, as a high school girl sounds like Jack Black as Bethany in the Jumanji movies, which could mean laugh-out-loud humor. And Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Star Trek Generations) co-stars.
Here’s the trailer for Freaky:
Freaky is scheduled for a theatrical release, November 13, 2020.
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