Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has released the killer body-switch comedy horror Freaky on home video and digital. Now, you can enjoy the fun and gory film from director and writer Christopher Landon from the comfort of your own home. Freaky will be available on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital. To get the most for your money it is best to grab the Blu-Ray combo. However, is it worth grabbing? Short answer: Yes. For the long answer check out the home video review below!
Official Synopsis –
High school senior Millie (Kathryn Newton, Blockers, HBO’s “Big Little Lies”) is just trying to survive being the unpopular kid when she becomes The Butcher’s (Vince Vaughn, Wedding Crashers, Couples Retreat) next target. Their fateful encounter gets twisted and wake up in each other’s bodies. Now looking like a towering psychopath, Millie learns she only has 24 hours to reverse the curse and get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever. 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.
Freaky is at once a visceral and hilarious experience. A true love letter to the slasher genre as a whole, it will have you grinning from ear to ear from start to finish. It’s not hyperbole to say that Freaky is one of the best slashers in recent memory.
Technical Review –
Many did not get the chance to see Freaky in theatres due to theatre closures. With that in mind, it is hard to determine how this stands in comparison with a theatrical viewing. However, the technical work on the Blu-Ray and DVD makes up for the lost experience. Firstly, the image is pristine. Whether you opt for the DVD or Blu-Ray from the combo pack you will not lose anything visually. Unless you are working with a less than stellar TV, but even so, Laurie Rose’s cinematography does what it needs to do, and is rendered wonderfully for home viewings. The imagery is clear, bright, and crisp. Whether you have a standard TV, a 4K TV, or projecting the film against a wall, you will not be complaining about the look of the film.
The second extremely vital thing for a home video release is the sound design. Surprisingly, many films have been thoroughly ruined by bad sound mixing. However, Freaky is not one of them. As someone who usually deploys subtitles due to poor sound quality Freaky did not require it. Every word, scream, and gasp is easy to hear. The sounds of every disturbing kill is as clear as a bell. Also on full effect is Bear McCreary’s score which perfectly captures every beat of this freaky comedy-horror.
Technically speaking this home video release is a runaway success. With very little to no adjustments needed to your TV. You can have the full cinematic experience in the comfort of your own home. You can check out the technical specifications at the bottom of the page of this review as well.
Bonus Feature: Deleted Scenes –
There are only three deleted scenes. Although it is a bummer to not have more scenes to indulge in, it is nice to see how efficient Christopher Landon is as a director. Staying true to his vision and making sure every scene counts. The deleted scenes themselves just add a little extra to the film’s mythology and world-building, but are not entirely necessary, hence getting deleted.
The first scene teases the body-swap that is to come at the stroke of midnight on Friday the 13th. Although the scene adds a touch of eeriness to the setup, it’s unnecessary.
The second is a scene that provides context for the two cops showing up to the “secret” homecoming dance thrown by the students. This give Charlene an extra scene, but it’s a scene that showcases why it was unneeded in the film. If it were to be included, it would just slow down the momentum.
The last scene is purely comical. Again it’s pretty self-explanatory for why it was cut. It undercuts the tension of the third act. However, it is a great comedic scene and it was nice to get a chance to see it.
Bonus Feature: Split Personalities Millie vs. The Butcher –
This is a short and sweet behind-the-scenes look at how Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn explored their characters through their incredible chemistry. The two leads are generous with their compliments for each other, and it is clear that the co-leads value each other’s input and presence. This behind-the-scenes look highlights how much fun this whole process must have been for the actors. It’s a great bonus feature. Who doesn’t love seeing creatives gush about each other and speak on their process of finding their character?
Bonus Feature: Crafting the Kills –
What is a slasher without some gnarly kills? This behind-the-scenes feature gives a nice nod to Makeup Effects Design Consultant Tony Gardner who helped with crafting the insane deaths in the film. There is an emphasis on the gory bottle murder from the beginning of the film and the death of Mr. Fletcher. While it is very interesting to see the craftsmanship with creating the horrific wood-shop class murder, it would have been great to see how the other deaths were devised. It’s a short feature, which is unfortunate due to how much can be discussed. From inspirations for the deaths, to setting up the grimmer ones, to perhaps fun tidbits that unveil how everything looks so real and seamless. HOWEVER, the feature commentary with writer and director Christopher Landon makes up for what is missing.
Bonus Feature: Christopher Landon’s Brand of Horror –
If you are anything like me then you appreciate Landon’s outlandish approach in blending comedy and horror. While many of us wish that Happy Death Day 3 would happen, Freaky serves as a pleasant reminder that Landon can do more within this space. This feature elaborates on Landon’s commitment to creating horror films that he honestly wants to see, and with his sensibilities on full display, you can see he does not hold back to fully realize his vision. He cares about crafting stories that are outrageous but have a bit of heart and doing so with a team of equally passionate people. There is still so much Landon can do with the blending of genres and his specific brand easily sets him apart from many who have attempted to replicate the Wes Craven model of slashers. Landon instead goes by the beat of his own drum. Bringing together, a ton of heart, quirkiness, creativity, bold visuals, and a ton of laughs in the center of gory horror.
Bonus Feature: Final Girl Reframed –
This short in-depth look at Landon’s motivations with subverting the final girl trope highlights his awareness of the usual expectations of this genre of horror. If it weren’t already clear to viewers of what his intentions were, this feature helps you understand that Millie, Nyla and Josh are characters that each play a part in subverting expectations and reclaiming their agency in a genre that so often strips them of that. It is a nice feature that showcases Landon’s willingness to correct the wrong sof the past and push for a more inclusive approach. The feature also highlights how remarkably entertaining it is when expectations are subverted and so much can be gained from doing so.
Technical Information Blu-Ray and DVD –
- Street Date: February 9, 2020
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2:39.1
- Rating: Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, sexual content, and language throughout
- Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish
- Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0, French Canadian DTS Digital Surround 5.1 and Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
- Run Time: 1:41:55
- Digital Code: Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit https://moviesanywhere.com
Ferdosa (she/her) is a lifetime student of cinema. Three of her current favourite films are: Addams Family Values, Cinderella (2015), and Emma. (2020). On Twitter you can see her support women-led cinema, her ongoing love/hate relationship with Disney, her totally healthy obsession with Eva Green, and her great admiration for Guillermo del Toro.