I was immediately interested in seeing this movie when I saw the poster at my local cinema. The body swap plot isn’t an original one, but this is the first time I’ve seen it done with a serial killer swapping bodies with an intentioned victim.
The initial scene of this movie did do a good job of setting up the Butcher and the sense of dread that followed the murders committed at the beginning. And those were…well, particularly gruesome and gory. But there was very little character development for the group of teens at the beginning (even for the cannon fodder who die first in a horror movie), so I was watching this first scene with zero care or concern for the characters who were initially being picked off.
This feel of little character development did come through a lot during the movie, though I did like the acknowledgement of the tropes from one of Josh’s lines in the movie.
I did feel that some of the jokes were recycled from other movies that did them better, such as when Millie is using the toilet and commenting on the body parts she currently has. In my opinion, Jumanji handled a similar scene so much better.
There was zero depth to the Butcher as a character. I feel the movie would have done a much better job if it had only stayed with Millie, or had focused on her friends and family watching her strange behaviour from the outside.
I did think there were some good elements of foreshadowing and there were some good moments of humour that did make me laugh out loud.
I have to say, I thought that there was a lot more chemistry between Millie and Booker when Millie was in the body of the Butcher. Also, it was great to see that the Butcher was limited in what he wanted to do by being in a body that was vastly different to what he was used to.
This movie wasn’t one that had a lot of mystery or required a lot of concentration to be paid to it. There wasn’t much in the way of character development for any of them…and the entire scene at the end felt really unnecessary and just tacked on. I wouldn’t watch the movie again, at least any time soon, but it was an entertaining enough movie to watch the first time.