Why Freaky Needed to Be R-Rated: It’s the Goriest Disney Movie Never Made

The horror-comedy Freaky released in theaters recently opened to critical acclaim and a healthy box-office showing. The movie takes the age-old Hollywood concept of a body swap leading to all kinds of hijinks and puts a horror spin on the premise when high school student Millie swaps bodies with a notorious serial killer known as the Blissfield Butcher. In an interview, the film’s director Christopher Landon revealed why Freaky is like a twisted Disney movie.

Freaky stars Vince Vaughn as the Butcher of Blissfield, who swaps bodies with Millie, played by Kathryn Newton. This is not Landon’s first directorial rodeo with a story that walks the razor’s edge between horror and comedy. The filmmaker is also the brains behind another recent classic in the genre, Happy Death Day, and its sequel. While those movies managed to scrape by with a PG-13 rating, Landon knew he had to bring the blood and gore for Freaky like never before.

The rating for movies that feature gore and violence but are geared towards a family audience has always been a subject of hot debate. When Poltergeist debuted in 1982, audiences instantly knew they were watching a horror classic that would continue to haunt the nightmares of viewers for decades to come. Yet the film was miraculously rated PG. As far as Landon is concerned, he is glad he went for an R-rating for Freaky from the start to do justice to its central premise.

Featuring Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Celeste O’Connor, Misha Osherovich, Katie Finneran, Uriah Shelton, Dana Drori, and Alan Ruck, Freaky is open in select theaters nationwide. Collider brought this news to the world first.

Topics: Freaky, Disney

Neeraj Chand

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