Director: Christopher Landon
Writer: Michael Kennedy, Christopher Landon
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Celeste O’Connor
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Runtime: 102 Minutes
RATING: 2.5 Stars
Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler spends her days trying to survive high school and the cruel actions of the popular crowd. But when she becomes the latest target of the Butcher, the town’s infamous serial killer, her senior year becomes the least of her worries. When the Butcher’s mystical dagger causes him and Millie to magically switch bodies, the frightened teen learns she has just 24 hours to get her identity back before she looks like a middle-aged maniac forever. – From IMDB
Maybe I have overdosed on cheesy slasher flicks this week what with the release of Fear Street on Netflix, and watching a couple of the Scream movies this week, but this film really didn’t do it for me. The premise was good enough, and the main part of the plot pretty entertaining. But the comedy fell very flat for me and I got bored of the teenage drama incredibly quickly. The problem with teenage slasher flicks, is that all the characters are always the same. So absolutely nothing about any of the characters in this film stood out to me because I have seen them in 1004 other teen films before this.
There is a warning at the beginning of this film for gory violence and boy are they not kidding. Some of the kills in this film are absolutely brutal. There is one particular one during the opening scenes involving a bottle of wine that really made my toes curl. A lot of the kills actually seem to be calling back to earlier teen slasher films, the hook from I Know What You Did Last Summer, the Knife from Scream, the Chainsaw from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I don’t know if it was intentional, but it was a fun Easter egg for horror fans.
The actual body swap, serial killer storyline was pretty good. Vince Vaughn is passable as Millie, even if the ridiculous romance that is forced into the storyline is made incredibly awkward by him crushing on a 17 year old boy and nearly making out in the backseat of a car. But it is Katherine Newton’s performance as the butcher that is amazing. She changes everything from her body language to facial expressions to embody that character, she was easily the best part of the whole film.
If you have seen enough slasher films nothing in here will be a surprise, but you might get a chuckle or two out of it. It just wasn’t really my cup of tea.
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