Freaky (2020)

Freaky (Landon 2020)

Get your freak on? Another simple but genius blend of 80s comedy premises with the horror genre. This horror comedy is Landon’s follow-up to the excellent Happy Death Day (2017). This was a welcome reprieve when we watched in the spring of 2020. Landon’s film feels like a well-intentioned good faith effort to be responsible with the content. While not always successful it was a fun watch and Kathryn Newton’s performance shone. With a premise that could have easily become a disaster of representation it at least avoided that. It also served as good grist for discussion of sub-genres.

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Freaky (Landon 2020)
Becky (Murnion and Milott 2020)
Inexchange (Parker 2006)
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (Glosserman 2006)
Happy Death Day (Landon 2017)

TOPIC INDEX – TOPIC INDEX – Freaky  (Landon 2020) (times are approximate) 

0:30 – Introductions
2:45 – spoilers
4:15 – Movie discussion begins
4:15 – overall impressions and context
10:45 – spoiler discussion begins
12:15 – gender essentialism
15:00 – love story
24:00 – sexuality
26:45 – the killings
35:00 – privileging hegemonic masculine violent solutions
39:45 – gender swap the body swap
41:15 – setting
42:00 – satire? camp?
48:30 – How would we improve the film?
56:15 – Happy Death Day spoilers!
57:00 – challenging the genre tropes

1:02:50 – grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility

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Tucker and Dale vs Evil (Craig 2010)
Inexchange (Parker 2006)
Behind the Mask (Glosserman 2006)


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Becky (Murnion and Milott 2020)
Happy Death Day (Landon 2017)


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Episode 95

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