The original title of Freaky Friday the 13th says all you need to know about the premise behind Freaky: it’s a body-swap comedy crossed with a slasher film.” And the fact that it’s directed and co-written by Christopher Landon, who mashed up the slasher genre with time-loop sci-fi for Happy Death Day and its sequel, should tell you if you’ll be down with the tone of his latest.However, the first reviews out of the gate stress that the R-rated Freaky is better in the horror department, particularly with its kills, and yet still has more heart than expected as well. Plus, the movie has some memorably hilarious and scary performances from Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton as the two leads who wind up with each other’s roles.Here’s what critics are saying about Freaky:Will it satisfy fans of slasher horror?Freaky is easily one of the best supernatural slashers to come along in this era of modern horror. Heather Wixson, Daily DeadIt’s the biggest game-changer on the slasher scene since Scream. Michael Gingold, Rue Morgue MagazineThe slasher genre is ready to return in the 21st century with a caustic vengeance. And I’m here for it. Terry Mesnard, Gayly DreadfulThe movie has set-pieces that might become genre fan favorites. Simon Thompson, IGNIt’s an out and out blast that finds Landon inching closer and closer to slasher masters like Craven and Carpenter. Ryan Larson, Consequence of SoundDoes it feature good kills?Freaky ensures every death counts, delivering maximum gore or a creative demise. In short, it earns its R-rating. Meagan Navarro, Bloody DisgustingFreaky earns its R-rating, delivering an ample body count and some innovative kills that elicit laughs as much as they do shock. Simon Thompson, IGNSome of the kills [are] so gruesome they almost push the limits of its hard-R rating, with a brilliant table saw kill the highlight of the film. Chris Bumbray, JoBloThe kills are universally juicy. Michael Rougeau, GameSpotI wouldn’t say that there’s anything so hugely or creatively game-changing, but they do all play well and also appropriately lean into the horror-comedy of it all. Perri Nemiroff, Perri Nemiroff(Photo by Blumhouse Productions)How effective is the body-swap theme?Freaky s gimmick, thankfully, never wears thin. Matt Donato, What to Watch[It’s] so much better than an elevator pitch of The Hot Chick Meets Jason would suggest. Terry Mesnard, Gayly DreadfulUsing the formula in a slasher comedy instantly establishes a bottomless well of potential, but very little of it makes it to the screen in Freaky. Sean O Connell, CinemaBlendUnfortunately, Freaky s fun premise is tripped up by clunky writing, and the performances from its two talented leads are completely inconsistent with one another. Michael Rougeau, GameSpotIs it funny?It’ll make you laugh, a lot, and it’ll make you cheer. Meagan Navarro, Bloody DisgustingIt’s hilarious to see Newton struggle with the restrictions of her new body, and yet equally awesome to see her takes names in her killer new duds and moves. Ryan Larson, Consequence of SoundI’d wager that Freaky probably leans more towards comedy than it does horror for most of the running time. Chris Bumbray, JoBloDoes it acknowledge its predecessors?Freaky features…a handful of horror references that left me grinning from ear to ear the entire time. Heather Wixson, Daily DeadWhen you start to worry that this will be a love letter in the form of endless references and Easter eggs, Landon and Kennedy quickly give the center stage over to what’s most important: the characters. Meagan Navarro, Bloody DisgustingFreaky throws all sorts of nods against the wall, waiting for one of them to stick and take the movie in an interesting direction. It kind of doesn’t. Sean O Connell, CinemaBlend(Photo by Blumhouse Productions)Does it do anything new for the genre?Freaky is as much a new beginning as it is a love letter to the classics of yesterday. Matt Donato, What to Watch[It] hits all the narrative beats you want from these types of stories, but then also pushes its story into some new directions. Heather Wixson, Daily DeadNot only does [it] pay loving tribute to the famous slashers of horror history, but… distinctively and importantly transplant[s] the slasher into today’s world. Ryan Larson, Consequence of SoundIt doesn’t deviate much from the formula… Sometimes there’s comfort in the familiar, and Freaky is a big warm hug. Meagan Navarro, Bloody DisgustingIs it forward-thinking in any other ways?There are some aspects of Freaky that explore sexuality in a very different way than we’ve ever seen in a mainstream horror movie… I wish more films were brazen enough to tackle this topic the way Freaky does. Heather Wixson, Daily DeadThe ways Landon handles sex and sexuality are refreshingly heart-warming and, on occasion, laugh out loud funny. Simon Thompson, IGNThe scene that shines the most is a tender moment between Vaughn’s Millie-possessed body and her love interest, Booker… arguably one of the most important scenes in mainstream horror to date. Not hyperbole. Ryan Larson, Consequence of SoundGender swapping is inherently queer and Freaky plays with gender conventions in fun and surprising ways. Terry Mesnard, Gayly Dreadful(Photo by Blumhouse Productions)What else does the movie do right?Freaky is the real deal – a horror comedy with heart. Drew Taylor, ColliderWhat Freaky also manages to do, seemingly effortlessly, is to include humanity and vulnerability to some of the relationships. Simon Thompson, IGNI love that for a movie that nails both the comedic and genre aspects so well, it also takes the time to get us invested in these characters on an emotional level. Heather Wixson, Daily DeadComposer Bear McCreary brings home the bacon when it comes to Freaky s score, which drives the movie forward with urgency and confidence. Simon Thompson, IGNFor McCreary’s part, his ability to switch vibes on a dime, all with the simple change of a tune, is not to be taken lightly. Ryan Larson, Consequence of SoundHow is Vince Vaughn as Kathryn Newton?Vaughn’s performance is…miraculous. Drew Taylor, Collider[His performance] genuinely makes you wonder if this is the most fun he s had with a role for well over a decade… Vaughn is back in a big way. Simon Thompson, IGNHe uses his oft-forgotten pure physicality to be intimidating and frightening when playing the Butcher, but ably captures the essence of a teenage girl without playing into stereotypes or generalizations. Ryan Larson, Consequence of SoundAnd what about Kathryn Newton?Newton does ‘scary’ very well. Heather Wixson, Daily DeadShe is so much fun to watch playing a serial killer. Perri Nemiroff, Perri NemiroffNewton gives a fantastic psychotic edge as the Butcher trapped in a young woman’s body. Watching her give comeuppance to all the sexual harassers is wholly satisfying. Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting(Photo by Blumhouse Productions)Does the movie stick the landing?It overstays its welcome for a forced girl-power conclusion that pushes the already thin credibility of the concept past its breaking point. Sean O Connell, CinemaBlendThe ending is something of an anti-climax considering the build-up to it. Simon Thompson, IGNWill audiences have a good time?Freaky is one of the most entertaining films of the year. Simon Thompson, IGNIf you need ninety minutes of escapism you can’t do better than this. Chris Bumbray, JoBloFreaky is the blood-soaked, heartwarming horror we need right now. Ryan Larson, Consequence of SoundFreaky opens in theaters on November 13, 2020.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.术士绿火任务(Photo by Netflix)FALL 2021 TV SURVEY: 30 FAVORITE NETFLIX SHOWSFor Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past. Over 1,000 of them got back to us with their picks for fall.We first asked the question What is your favorite Netflix show? in our 2018 Fall TV Survey, and Stranger Things has dominated the category ever since. The hit horror series is followed by newcomer The Queen s Gambit then Marvel s Daredevil, Marvel s Jessica Jones, and Umbrella Academy. Though the series are now Netflix favorites, you won t find Arrested Development, Cobra Kai, or Lucifer on this list since they started their runs elsewhere. (And while Black Mirror began on Channel 4 in the U.K., it gets a pass because U.S. audiences were introduced to it on Netflix.)Read on to find out all of Rotten Tomatoes users’ favorite Netflix series.Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.
Cane River (1982) , a revival of the 1982 romance set in Louisiana about a forbidden love affair between a Creole man and a Black woman, is at 100% Come to Daddy (2019) , starring Elijah Wood in a psychological horror comedy about a man who attempts to reconnect with his estranged father at a remote cabin, only to face his dark past, is Certified Fresh at 92%. And Then We Danced (2019) , about a dancer vying for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble whose life is upended by the arrival of an accomplished rival, is at 86%. The Lodge (2019) , starring Riley Keough in a horror film about a woman who loses her grip on reality when she becomes trapped in a remote cabin with the vindictive children of her boyfriend, is Certified Fresh at 76%. Two/One (2019) , a drama about two men living on opposite sides of the world whose lives parallel each other, is at 60%. Horse Girl (2020) , starring Alison Brie in Netflix s dark sci-fi comedy about a woman struggling to differentiate between her surreal visions and reality, is at 56%. Waiting for Anya (2020) , a drama about the efforts of a teenage boy and an older widow to help smuggle Jewish children to Spain during World War II, is at 56%.
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(starring Jonathan Groff), The Ellen Show, and the documentary Secret Disco Revolution.Revry: 2021 Pride WeekendKick off Pride season during the weekend of June 4-6 with iHeartMedia and P G’s “Can’t Cancel Pride” concert, a special Director’s Cut screening of But I’m a Cheerleader, and concluding with Revry Presents House of Pride Brought to You by McDonald’s, a special is hosted by Manilla Luzon, Shar Jossel, and Ryan Mitchell, and includes performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race alums, LaLa Ri and Laganja Estranja; Andro Gin; Shea Diamond; Sam Tsui; Emily Vu; Violet Grae; HBO Max’s Legendary winners, the House of Balmain; and comedians AB Farrelly and Irene Tu.WORLD Channel: Pride MonthCatch a wide range of programming honoring LGBTQ+ voices, including the premiere of Jack Yaya, about two transgender best friends celebrating their thirtieth year of friendship, Mama Gloria, about 75-year-old Black trailblazing transgender activist Gloria Allen, and more.June CalendarTuesday, June 1Senior Prom, PBS Short Docs
(Photo by HBO)Click to view larger image (new window).When you play the game of villainy, you win or you die – a long and gruesome death usually. We gave you the chance to choose the worst of the worst characters from the seven seasons of Game of Thrones so far in our villain bracket.The final votes are in, and Ramsay Bolton has won the final a hole battle! Anyone surprised by that outcome? The final tally in the contest of the ROYAL DICK vs. THE BOLTON BASTARD :3.4K votedKing Joffrey Baratheon 1,219 (36.2%)Ramsay Snow/Bolton 2,149 (63.8%)Even the Australian Red Cross has named him the worst Game of Thrones war criminal, based on his 17 violations of the international humanitarian laws (IHL) laid out in the Geneva Conventions. His crimes:Torture, cruel or inhuman treatment (x 6)Perfidy (x 4)Taking hostagesWilful killing of those who are hors de combat, such as injured soldiers or prisoners (x 2)Use of means or methods of warfare that inflict superfluous injury or unnecessary sufferingSexual violence, including rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution and enforced pregnancy (x 2)Making civilians not taking direct part in hostilities the object of attack(The other characters making the top 5 of the Red Cross war criminal list include: Daenerys Targaryen (15), Roose Bolton (8), and, tied at fourth, Jon Snow, The Night King, and the Sons of the Harpy of Mereen, while Euron Greyjoy and Walder Frey tied for fifth place with five violations each.)Congrats to actor Iwan Rheon for giving us a villain for the ages! Rheon can currently be seen as Mick Mars in Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt on Netflix.Previous results: Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4How it worksVoting for each round began at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on each day:Tuesday, April 9 vote in the Round 1 matches. (Closed)Wednesday, April 10 find out who won the Round 1 matches, and vote in Round 2.(Closed)Thursday, April 11 find out who won the Round 2 matches, and vote in Round 3.(Closed)Friday, April 12 find out who won the Round 3 matches, and vote in Round 4.(Closed)Saturday, April 13 find out who won the Round 4 matches, and vote for the winner in the final round.Closed)Sunday, April 14 find out who wins the Battle of the A**holes.
(Photo by Addison Wright)Addison Wright s Hiplet: Because We Can is part of the Scene In Color Film Series, presented by Target, which shines a light on incredible filmmaking talent. As part of the series, three emerging filmmakers will receive mentorship from producer Will Packer, and their films are available to watch on Rotten Tomatoes, MovieClips Indie Channel, Peacock, and the NBC App.Chicago filmmaker Addison Wright discovered the subjects of his short film, Hiplet, while browsing the Explore section of Instagram. When he learned that the “hiplet” dancers – who fuse traditional ballet with hip-hop and have become viral sensations – were also based in Chicago, he knew he had to make a film about them.The film he first had in mind was not the exact film he would end up making: Initially, Wright wanted to shoot the troupe dancing in a ballroom that had, at one point in its history, been a white-only space; but when he got to talking to the dancers, and learned about what hiplet meant to them, he realized he wanted to give them time in the film to tell their own stories.Wright, who has been inspired by ’90s music videos, as well as directors like Spike Lee, Hype Williams, Spike Jonze, and Chris Cunningham, says: “The project evolved from a music video that had a story behind it – placing them in this establishment that was white-only at one point – into a short film, a documentary where they break the fourth wall and express themselves and tell the world about the adversity that they face being hiplet ballerinas.”Hiplet is the first film for the director, a graduate of Delaware State University who’s been making films for more than seven years. And it’s been an auspicious debut: Hiplet was an Official Selection at the 2020 South by Southwest Film Festival.His next project will be a feature, a love story set in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. “I didn’t grow up seeing a lot of Black love stories like that,” Wright says. “One of my favorite movies is A Bronx Tale. I’ve just always been compelled by that, that movie is just really good. To be able to make a film like that, that people of color can watch and go, ‘That’s me, I say the same things, I do the same things’… I want to add to that genre.”See more shorts and meet more filmmakers from the Scene in Color Film Series.
(Photo by History)History s Vikings has never shied away from depicting the brutality in the lives of Norsemen and women in the 9th century. Through five seasons, the show has followed the exploits of legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), his crew, and his family. What began as a small-scale story of exploration, and also some old-fashioned raiding and pillaging, has turned into an epic saga spanning several decades and a tr ecs think is marketable,” Rodriguez says, adding that this means they have to have original series because they learned “early on” that options from mainstream outlets were limiting. And while they do have name-recognizable content like the original Queer as Folk and Gay of Thrones, the popular Funny or Die webseries from Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, Rodriguez and Daniels point to other titles in their catalogue like the drag-themed docu-series, Queens of Kings, and Before I Got Famous. That web series stars Xingcheng You, a Chinese immigrant who is both looking for love and his big break in Hollywood, and focuses on stereotypes that still exist in the gay dating culture.For A/V Club Enthusiasts: Rooster TeethRooster Teeth was launched in 2003 by some friends who wanted to be the next Quentin Tarantino or Kevin Smith, but couldn’t get into festivals. Co-founder Bernie Burns told journalists at the summer 2018 Television Critics Association press tour that their service took off when “we discovered and pioneered a method of animation where we could use the 3D gaming engines in popular video games to make animation.” This led to what he touts as the longest-running digital series ever, the military-themed sci-fi comedy Red vs. Blue. They also have reality series, live-action shorts, and more.For Cult Classic Connoisseurs: Shout! FactoryWho needs reboots when you can have the classics? The TV vertical of this digitized tribute to old-school charm has everything from cult classics like Mystery Science Theater 3000 (85% Tomatometer) to relics from the years of rabbit ears like Father Knows Best and Car 54, Where Are You?. There’s also original programming like Why We Love It, a web series that strives to justify users’ love for programming of acquired taste like Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean and the Nicolas Cage–Jennifer Beals campfest Vampire’s Kiss (61% TM). Gene Pao, Shout! Factory’s Senior Vice President of Digital Media, says that, “over the years we’ve found that viewers are particularly interested in ‘modernized nostalgia’ — cult and classic TV and film that shape today’s pop culture.” Shout! plays into this with marathon viewings like MST3K Turkey Day on Thanksgiving, during which Pao says “viewers can interact with each other via chat.”For Horror Buffs: ShudderThis AMC-owned streaming service celebrates the worlds of gore and supernatural. And while it doesn’t have its parent company’s juggernaut, The Walking Dead, its TV section does live up to its promise of offering “a constant stream of killer content.” Titles include AMC s adaptation of author Joe Hill s NOS4A2 (70% Tomatometer), and the documentary series Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics as well as original programming like its anthology, Neil Gaiman s Likely Stories, and a partnering TWD’s Greg Nicotero on a revamp of the classic Creepshow. Shudder general manager Craig Engler says “we can do shows that other people can’t” because they aren’t as beholden to ratings.For Indie Aficionados: Sundance NowA SVOD companion to SundanceTV, General Manager Jan Diedrichsen told journalists at the winter 2018 TCA press tour that the goal of both is to find a way to “best serve fans of premium indie content in a deeper way.” This service is the home for original programming like This Close (100% Tomatometer), a rom-com of sorts about two best friends and their relationship woes that’s based on series of shorts from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. There are also series that originated on its linear channel counterpart, like the Joanne Froggatt–Ioan Gruffudd thriller Liar (62% Tomatometer) and other fine options.For Francophiles: TV5monde (and others)(Photo by TV5monde US)Grab the macarons and red wine! This Paris-based network offers a way to watch popular French series with the aid of subtitles (and without the need of a passport). Streaming is available through Sling, and programs include the 2019 rom-com hit Un si grand soleil, which centers on family and friends in Marseille, and the police detective drama Caïn.For BET Fans Craving More: Urban Movie ChannelDespite its title, UMC actually has a rather robust TV section as well. These include episodes of WE tv’s long-running reality series, Growing Up Hip Hop. Original series include the drama 5th Ward, which is based on director Greg Carter s similarly named movie. “We pay very close attention to viewership trends and feedback from our subscribers to understand what’s working and what’s not and use that as a guide for greenlight decisions on any new or classic series,” UMC General Manager Sylvia George says, adding that their primary target audience is black women. “At a high level, the type of programming that resonates with UMC viewers ranges from romantic dramas and comedies to female-driven stories to series that push the envelope in a compelling and relatable way.”For Cinephiles: Criterion ChannelAfter the November 2018 death of FilmStruck, several other streaming options clamored to become the rightful heir to the cinephile throne, and the Criterion Collection’s streaming component is quickly rising up that rank. In addition to celebrating classic and cult cinema from around the world, the channel also has special features like behind-the-scenes footage and a guest programmer series.If Criterion isn’t to your liking, other streamers that concentrate on classic and/or under-the-radar cinema include SnagFilms and MUBI. Services like Kanopy and Hoopla have similar offerings and work in conjunction with local libraries.For Those Who Love The Great White Way: BroadwayHDLots of theater fans would like to give regular regards to Broadway, but not all of them can take regular pilgrimages to New York City (or afford the ticket prices once they’re there). In those instances, there’s BroadwayHD. The service, which Tony Award-winning producers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley founded in 2015, offers full-length stage plays and musicals at legal and considerably much better quality than those grainy videos you can find on YouTube. Productions have included musicals like 42nd Street, Falsettos, She Loves Me, and Cats, as well as renditions of Shakespeare.For When You Want Some Badass Cinema: Brown SugarSometimes you need to see some foxy ladies in tight pants kicking perps to the curb. And, for that, Brown Sugar offers Blaxploitation classics like Coffy (plus, send-ups of the horror genre like Blackenstein). But there are also more recent and — dare we say — more wholesome offerings too, like the Al Green concert Everything’s Gonna Be All Right and the family-friendly A Baby for Christmas.For Those Who Want Just The Facts: DocsvilleThere’s more to documentaries than Netflix’s latest true-crime obsession or brilliantly shot nature footage narrated by David Attenborough. This SVOD option is a warehouse of some thought-provoking visual storytelling from around the world that covers everything from Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a look at the legacy of the controversial yet influential comedian, to a nearly three-minute short on the privilege of having a toilet.For similar options, perhaps with more of a science bent, there’s CuriosityStream.For The Warm and Fuzzies: Hallmark Movies NowSometimes you may want a cup of hot chocolate and the chance to see perfectly lit people in winter wonderlands — even if it’s July. The Hallmark Movies Now option has an assortment of its holiday-themed classics as well as movies about weddings, beach-side flings, and other scenarios that result in emotionally charged embraces. There are television series and specials that include adaptation of biblical stories and classic novels.If HMN options feel too mainstream, there are also OTTs that specialize in Christian-themed programming like Pure Flix and Dove Channel (that would be a reference to the bird, not to shampoo and body wash).For Mainlining Martial Arts: Hi-YahDescribed as “the sound of mayhem, of flying fists and roundhouse kicks” on its website, this service — which is available for a fee as an add-on to Amazon and though Roku and other devices — is a warehouse of martial arts favorites. And that definition is a loose one. The service also has horror films, thrillers, period pieces, and more that also happen to showcase people who can destroy you while barely breaking a sweat.For Supporters of Public Broadcasting: PBS Video AppFrom Poldark and PBS NewsHour to Ken Burns documentaries and Call the Midwife, there s probably something educational and/or entertaining to find on PBS video app. Or just turn it on for some background music; there are also recordings of Great Performances and Austin City Limits shows.For Live Music Without Dealing with LiveNation: QelloConcerts are great ways to celebrate your favorite artists with peers who appreciate them as much as you do. They’re also loud, expensive and usually hassles to get to. For those who can’t (or won’t) handle all that grunt work, there’s Qello. This service lets you watch concerts and documentary footage on demand, be it Paul McCartney or Beyoncé. But its greatest asset might be that it helps cure a nostalgic hunger for artists whom we are no longer able to watch perform, such as Tom Petty or David Bowie.