The new comedy-horror Freaky, starring Vince Vaughn, has a snappy, silly central premise — what if a serial killer swapped bodies with one of his victims?
Directed by Happy Death Day filmmaker Christopher Landon, the film debuted its first trailer today as it announced a theatrical release later this year.
The movie depicts the murder of high-schooler Millie (Kathryn Newton of Blockers fame) by Vaughn’s Blissfield Butcher with an ancient knife.
The knife causes both to survive, but in each other’s bodies, with Millie trying to stop the Butcher before he uses her body to commit more crimes.
There’s also the small matter of the fact that she needs to work out a way to switch the bodies back within 24 hours, or the change will become permanent.
It’s exactly the sort of devilish, high-concept horror that has become the bread and butter of Blumhouse in the last few years.
The trailer teases plenty of the big, broad comedy you’d expect from a body swap premise, but this is Blumhouse and so there’s an ample supply of gore almost certainly going along with that.
Landon has form for mixing comedy and horror, having combined genres to great effect in both Happy Death Day and its sequel Happy Death Day 2U.
Both of those films were box office successes, earning $190m (£148m) globally between them from a combined budget just shy of $15m (£12m).
Blumhouse has managed to release five movies already this year, despite coronavirus difficulties, with Leigh Whannell’s take on The Invisible Man potentially revitalising the Universal Monsters properties.
Blumhouse and Universal have, perhaps ambitiously, positioned Freaky for a full theatrical release in the USA on 20 November — pandemic permitting, of course.
A UK date has not yet been confirmed, but it will be a theatrical release.