The Society star's new movie Freaky is called a "game-changer" in first reviews

Susannah Alexander
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The Society star Kathryn Newton shows a new, bloodthirsty side in upcoming horror movie Freaky and first reviews of the movie are all for it.

The film gives that always entertaining body-swap tale a horrifying twist, as awkward high school student Millie Kessler (Newton) suffers a terrifying encounter with a serial killer known as the Blissfield Butcher (Vince Vaughn).

After being stabbed and apparently murdered by the Butcher, things take a turn when Millie suddenly wakes up and discovers, to her horror, that she's now in the Butcher's body.

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

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Millie eventually manages to convince her best friends Nyla (Celeste O'Connor) and Josh (Misha Osherovich) of her story and, together, they set about trying to work out how to return Millie to her own body.

But things won't be easy for the teens because the Butcher is now taking the form of Millie and is wreaking havoc on her high school – all while Millie is stuck in the conspicuous body of a notorious killer being hunted by the authorities.

According to the first reviews of the Jason Blum-produced movie, it's another hit for director and co-writer Christopher Landon, who previously helmed Happy Death Day, with critics calling Freaky "one of the best supernatural slashers" and a "game-changer".

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

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Check out some of the first reactions to the movie below:

Rue Morgue

"The true achievement of Freaky is that it incorporates its extra levels seamlessly into a raucously entertaining movie while respecting the genre enough that it can be enjoyed by the hardest-core horror fan. It's the biggest game-changer on the slasher scene since Scream...

"It's great and refreshing to see a new movie that aims to give the audience a bloody good time, and fully delivers."

Daily Dead

"Freaky is easily one of the best supernatural slashers to come along in this era of modern horror, that perfectly blends together horror, humour, and heart seamlessly. Freaky features a pair of killer performances from both Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn, as well as a slew of ingenious kills, a clever and energetic script by Landon and Michael Kennedy, and a handful of horror references that left me grinning from ear to ear the entire time."

Collider

"An absolute blast – a fun, frantic, horror/comedy mash-up that works shockingly well and is anchored by two of the more delightful, committed performances you'll see all year...

"Embroidered with lovely emotional flourishes, Freaky is the real deal – a horror comedy with heart."

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Photo credit: Universal

What to Watch

"Freaky is as much a new beginning as it is a love letter to the classics of yesterday, shouldered by the transformative performances of Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn ... Favourably upbeat, funky-fun, and dedicated to its adolescent horror roots."

Bloody Disgusting

"Sometimes there's comfort in the familiar, and Freaky is a big warm hug. It's a slasher that takes its biggest swings when it comes to the jokes and the openness in its approach to sexuality, and all of it lands with great success.

"This slasher comedy boasts some very wry jokes and commentary."

IGN

"Freaky is a bloody good time. It's smart, sharp and funny with some tasty kills and headline casting that is to die for. R-rated for a reason, director Christopher Landon revels in it, nailing the balance of humour and gore perfectly."

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

Freaky co-stars Uriah Shelton, Alan Ruck, Katie Finneran, Celeste O'Connor and Misha Osherovich.

The film is due for theatrical release on November 13 in the US. News of a UK release is yet to be confirmed, after it was recently taken off the UK release calendar.

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