‘Freaky’ Trailer: Kathryn Newton Swaps Bodies with a Serial Killer Played by Vince Vaughn

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Check out the trailer for upcoming horror-comedy Freaky, led by The Society star Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn.

The film follows a high-school teen (Newton) who finds herself being hunted down by a serial killer known as The Butcher (Vaughn). He catches up with her and wouldn’t you know it – they swap bodies. She’s soon on a race to swap back before she’s permanently trapped in this creep’s shell… and to stop him from disposing of more victims while in hers.

Director/co-writer Christopher Landon and Blumhouse Studios are taking another stab at the type of formula that brought them success with Happy Death Day, which spun the Groundhog Day concept a horror angle. The trailer shows off what could be a similarly energetic, fun, highly self-aware flick, and Vaughn looks to be having fun embodying the teen. The sequel should really have both Vaughn and Jack Black (doing his thing from the recent Jumanji movies) in a teen girl act-off.

Freaky, also starring Alan Ruck, Katie Finneran, Misha Osherovich, Uriah Shelton, Mitchell Hoog, Celeste O’Connor, Dana Drori, Deja Dee, and Charles Green, will be opening in US cinemas on November 13th. No Australian release date has been announced as yet.

Official synopsis for Freaky:

Prepare to get Freaky with a twisted take on the body-swap movie when a teenage girl switches bodies with a relentless serial killer.


Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton, Blockers, HBO’s Big Little Lies) 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 (Vince 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 (Celeste O’Connor, Ghostbusters: Afterlife), ultra-fabulous Joshua (Misha Osherovich, The Goldfinch) and her crush Booker (Uriah Shelton, Enter the Warriors Gate)—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.


The film also stars Alan Ruck (HBO’s Succession), Katie Finneran (TV’s Why Women Kill) and Dana Drori (Hulu’s High Fidelity).


From the deliciously debased mind of writer-director Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day, the Paranormal Activity franchise) comes a pitch-black horror-comedy about a slasher, a senior, and the brutal truth about high school.


Freaky is written by Christopher Landon and Michael Kennedy (Fox’s Bordertown) and is produced by Jason Blum (Halloween, The Invisible Man). The film is produced by Blumhouse Productions in association with Divide/Conquer. The executive producers are Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno.

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