When it comes to horror movies that would translate well to the small screen, teen movies can’t be beat. The familiar beats of a school year, ever-changing character dynamics, and possibilities for era-specific nostalgia make these films a great option for further exploration. And while plenty of teen-centric horror flicks — from “The Craft” to “Assassination Nation” — would likely make for impressive horror shows, few from recent years seem to have as much television potential as “Freaky.”
The 2020 horror-comedy stars Vince Vaughan and Kathryn Newton. Vaughan plays a ruthless and off-putting serial killer called the Butcher of Blissfield, while Newton plays high school student Millie. Only it’s not your stereotypical slasher: It’s also a “Freaky Friday”-style body-swapping flick, meaning Vaughan spends much of the film playing a girly teenager while Newton plays a deranged empty-eyed killer. “Freaky” takes place over just a few days, but it would be fun to see this kind of plot unfold over a longer period of time. The Butcher could take the SATs while Millie tries to find another career. With the right script, a “Freaky” show could be one of the weirdest and most sublime coming-of-age stories on television.