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Millie: I want my body back.
The Butcher: Come and get it.
Freaky is a 2020 slasher comedy film directed by Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day) and co-written by Landon and Michael Kennedy (Bordertown).

High school senior Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton) is targeted by a Serial Killer known as the Blissfield Butcher (Vince Vaughn). However, instead of being killed, Millie and the Butcher somehow swap bodies. Millie, stuck in the Butcher's body, must evade the Butcher, in her body, who is now targeting her classmates.

The film was released theatrically in the United States on November 13, 2020.

Trailer, "Slaughterhouse" Trailer

Freaky is actually a spin-off to the Happy Death Day trilogy; early buzz on the final movie, Happy Death Day to Us suggests it will be a crossover with Freaky.


This film contains examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: The Blissfield Butcher.
  • Alpha Bitch: Ryler seems to be one, complete with having a Girl Posse. She's introduced mocking Millie for wearing cheap clothes and later tries to get the dirty details of the Butcher's attack on Millie so she can gossip about it to the rest of the school.
  • Apathetic Student: Josh is in Spanish 3, yet can't understand a Spanish website regarding the dagger. Millie calls him out on being this... as does the teacher of said class when he seeks a translation from her.
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: Charlene, a policewoman, as well as multiple other cops were shown firing out in the open which is very dangerous since stray bullets could fall back down and hit someone.
  • Asshole Victim: Pretty much every one of the victims after the four opening kills. Ryler is a homophobic mean girl who exploits Millie's attack for popularity, Millie’s teacher Mr. Bernardi targets her for no reason, and the group of jocks at the end tried to gang rape the Butcher in Millie’s body (plus the one who pushes himself on Josh). And of course, it ends with the Butcher himself dying.
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  • Bad People Abuse Animals: The Butcher's hideout has a bunch of dead, tortured small animals hanging from nooses.
  • Big Bad: The Blissfield Butcher is a Serial Killer with a rap sheet decades-long who makes his presence known once again For the Evulz.
  • Bilingual Bonus: When the Spanish teacher is translating the inscription on the dagger, one of the things she says is, "The dagger is of Aztec origin, so why is this text in Spanish?"
  • Brick Joke: Josh tries to cheer Millie by saying she's "a real piece". The very last line of the movie is "I'm a real fucking piece" as a Bond One-Liner.
  • Bury Your Gays: A very literal example. One of the jocks is Armored Closet Gay, forcefully kisses Josh, and then gets brutally killed by The Butcher immediately afterwards. But Josh himself survives.
  • Camping a Crapper: Ginny's friend Sandra is killed when the Butcher slams her head between a toilet bowl and lid.
  • Chainsaw Good: As the poster above makes clear, at a certain point the Butcher uses one on a jock, and later the bodies of him and his two friends.
  • Comedy Horror: Albeit compared to the director's own Happy Death Day the latter part is very much played straight, complete with grisly and graphic death scenes.
  • Cool Big Sis: Millie's older sister Char, who always looks out for her.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The Butcher’s means of killing in all cases are this. Of note is his first victim in the film, who gets a beer bottle smashed in his throat, which causes the glass to pierce through his neck.
  • Death by Sex: A very straight case as Ginny has sex with her boyfriend (and quits as soon as she orgasms, not letting him do the same) and soon after the Butcher appears.
  • Disappeared Dad: Millie's father died a year prior to the story, with Millie and her family still heavily feeling his loss.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Those who taunted Millie being punished by the Butcher with Cruel and Unusual Death could be this.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Expected when the Butcher is played by the 6' 5¼" (1,96 m) Vince Vaughn.
  • Evil Laugh: After it seems they ran out of time for the switch, Butcher!Millie gives one of these while pinned down.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Millie is clearly annoyed by how her own mother doesn't seem to find anything odd about "her" new behavior.
  • Faking the Dead: The Butcher manages this on the ambulance driving him away from the windmill party, and after killing the EMTs goes after Millie.
  • For the Evulz: We have no back story for the Butcher. But given the sheer glee he gets from killing, and that he looks for every opportunity to indulge in it, either in his own body or in Millie's, he clearly qualifies.
  • Forceful Kiss: One of the jocks lures Josh away from the party under the impression that he (the jock) knows where Millie is. The guy reveals himself as gay by attempting to make out with Josh, who, once he pushes him away, threatens to kill him if he tells anyone. Cue the Butcher coming from behind with a hook in his eye.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: The Blissfield Butcher and Millie swap bodies courtesy of a mystical dagger, and now Millie-in-his-body must evade him as he wreaks havoc in her body.
  • Gay Guy Dies First: Lampshaded by Josh; as he and Nyla run down a hallway thinking a Serial Killer is chasing them, he yells, "You're black, I'm gay, we are so dead!"
  • Gender Bender: For the Butcher and Millie via "Freaky Friday" Flip.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Used twice by the Butcher, in the opening scene by shoving a wine bottle down a teen's throat, and in the jock massacre by breaking a whiskey bottle in one's head and using the remains to slit another's neck.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Nyla kicks the Butcher in the groin before she finds out it's her friend Millie in that body. After their bodies are switched back to normal, Millie kicks the Butcher in the balls after remembering how painful it was to get hit there.
    Millie: Having balls sucks.
    • One of the jocks who tried to rape the Butcher in Millie’s body takes a chainsaw to the groin.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Mr. Bernardi's fate, bisected by a table saw.
  • #HashtagForLaughs: Millie (in the Butcher's body) spews a lot of those when she sees Nyla going to the police station.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: The Butcher (in Millie's body) confidently walks down the school hallway while her classmates gawk at her (one even squirts the tube of mayonnaise he's holding). Millie notes that the Butcher is killing it in her body.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The majority of the movie takes place on a Friday the 13th (in October, to push the horror theme further).
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The two central characters, leading to some slapstick once the body switch happens - the Butcher notes a few times how he's more fragile, while Millie hits her head on high branches.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • Millie ends the Butcher’s reign of terror by jamming a broken table leg in his back, then finishes him off by kicking it through his chest.
    • The Butcher seems fond of those, using whatever he has in hand - the opening scene has him breaking a tennis racket and shoving both ends onto a teen's head and later pushing Ginny onto a spear he had thrown into the wall earlier, and the climactic windmill sequence has him shoving a hook onto a jock's eye.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: At some point before the final confrontation at Millie's house, the Butcher removed the bullets from Char's gun, then taunts her by dropping the bullets on the ground.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Once the Butcher accepts the continuous offering of breakfast by Millie's mother, he scarfs down the food without any etiquette.
  • Jerkass:
    • Mr. Bernardi, the shop teacher, who seems to have little patience for lateness or slacking off. However, no amount of sternness excuses how he verbally abuses Millie every chance he gets.
    • The Butcher himself. Being a Serial Killer is bad enough, but whenever he and Millie are face-to-face, he's quick to taunt her about how pathetic she is.
  • Jerk Jock: Applies to most of the Blissfield Valley jocks, with the exception of Booker. Just to keep with Millie, they throw soda on her in spite of her being part of the cheer squad and later push themselves on her.
  • Karmic Death: Everyone the Butcher crosses while possessing Millie who happened to torment Millie and then the Butcher himself in the end by means of his favorite way of killing: impalement.
  • Kubrick Stare: The Butcher in Millie's body is very fond of this look, which combined with his perpetual silence makes him frightening.
  • Lady in Red: After the Butcher swaps bodies with Millie, he shows up at school wearing a red leather jacket and red lipstick as part of the makeover. Millie comments that she's killing it (and it is a marked contrast to the casual way she dressed before), and the men around her are obviously attracted.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: After Ryler is frozen to death, Millie (in the Butcher's body) finds her and taps her, causing her to tip over and have her body shatter upon hitting the floor.
  • Logo Joke: The Universal logo is tinted blood-red, while the Blumhouse one has a creepy girl bearing a knife.
  • Lovable Jock: Millie's crush Booker, in contrast to his Jerk Jock teammates.
  • MacGuffin: The dagger of La Dola, an Aztec knife used for human sacrifice, that in some occasions can cause body swaps.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Lampshaded. Millie sees the Blissfield Butcher emerge from the shadows and says, "Cue the creepy dude in a mask."
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman: Once the Butcher looks in the mirror and sees he's in Millie's body, breast grabbing ensues.
  • Match Cut: The deathly moans of Ginny's friend cuts to Ginny's orgasmic moans during a brief sex scene.
  • Misplaced-Names Poster: Averted in the metaphorical sense where the misplaced names (Vince Vaughn's name under Kathryn Newton's character and vice-versa) indicate the "Freaky Friday" Flip between the leads.
  • Mood Whiplash: The heartfelt scene where Millie's mother opens herself to a man in the store (who is actually her own daughter in a killer's body) becomes very comedic once she eventually finds a connection this considerate man with a soothing voice and asks about the possibility of them going out...
  • Mutual Disadvantage: Zigzagged once the "Freaky Friday" Flip occurs. It's played straight early on as both the Butcher and Millie struggle to adapt to their new bodies. Millie learns that she has unreal Stout Strength in her new body. But being perpetually forced Off the Grid by the Butcher having a 0% Approval Rating usually cancels out any advantage that may provide. The Butcher initially struggles in the body of a petite teenage girl, and doesn't have his old strength to commit gruesome murders. He zigzags by adapting and learning to play Wounded Gazelle Gambits and Honey Traps, making him just as lethal as he was before but in different ways. Millie can sometimes zigzag back in those rare moments where she can get close enough to the Butcher, and easily overpower him. But that, in turn, makes her vulnerable to the Butcher's newfound style.
  • My Beloved Smother: Millie's mother is a downplayed example. After the death of her husband, she began to heavily rely on Millie and cling to her. At the start of the film, Millie was roped into going to see a play with her instead of going to the homecoming dance with her friends, and it's brought up that she probably won't let Millie move away for college because she wants her to stay close. At the end, that ends up not being the case, as she encourages Millie to apply for her school of choice.
  • My Car Hates Me: Josh's car, which he admits to be "a piece of shit", takes a while to start while trying to evade the police, but thankfully does work and remains the vehicle of choice for the rest of the movie.
  • Older Than They Look: The Blissfield Butcher has apparently been killing since 1977 according to dialogue. Vince Vaughn was 50 when the film came out; so unless the Butcher was an Enfant Terrible, he's closer to 60 than 50 at minimum.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The Blissfield Butcher is only known by that name.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Millie's voiceover in the trailer calls herself "ordinary, boring Millie" as she enters high school and is promptly bullied. She admits she isn't very popular... and then the "Freaky Friday" Flip happens.
  • Potty Failure: The boy who barks at Millie (and, given Millie's words, bullies other students) ends up peeing himself when Millie (in the Butcher's body) threatens him.
  • Race Against the Clock: Millie says that she has six hours to get her body back or she's stuck in the Butcher's body forever.
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  • Silent Antagonist: The Butcher is a very quiet menace, with his introduction in Millie's body downright startling her mother with how silent and scowling he behaves.
  • Something Only They Would Say: When meeting her friends in the Butcher's body, Millie proves it's her by doing her mascot dance, followed by the secret handshake ("Shake, bitches!") only they would know.
  • Teaser-Only Character: Ginny, her boyfriend, and their two friends, who end up discovering the wrong way that the Blissfield Butcher is not an urban legend.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The trailer implies that Millie has a running voiceover, which is not the case in the film proper.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer shows the deaths of Mr. Bernardi (Millie’s woodshop teacher) and Ryler (the bully who ends up frozen and shattered).
  • Villain Opening Scene: The opening follows the resurgence of the Blissfield Butcher, who along with slaughtering four teens steals a magic dagger from the house.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: The body swap happened at midnight, and has to be undone by then.
  • You Are Too Late: Seemingly happens when Booker's watch rings midnight. And then Millie remembers he intentionally sets it 5 minutes late and proceeds to stab her body to get it back.

Alternative Title(s): Freaky 2020


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