Thursday, February 18, 2010
Jennifer's Body 2009
Director: Karyn Kusama
Writer: Diablo Cody
Starring Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, Sal Cortez, Ryan Levine, Juan Riedinger, Chris Pratt, Kyle Gallner, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris and Cynthia Stevenson
This was a film I had been itching to see for awhile, as it looked like it was hearkening back to the 80's style of horror films such as Night of the Demons and Sorority Babes in the Slime Bowlarama. I am happy to say it did not disappoint, I really felt as if I was transported back to the 80's in this film. What is funny is you think the best thing about the film would be Megan Fox but I believe Amanda Seyfried really out shined her. The writing helped a lot too, it was as if they combined the 80's style of horror films with the writing style of Joss Whedon. This could have easily been rewritten as a lost episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It also touches upon the theme of disintegrating relationships that run rampant through high school. It shows that even if Jennifer had not become a demon that the friendship between her and Needy would have fallen apart anyway, as they really had no connection with each other. I think that is one of the distinguishing things about the film that really makes it work and not make it feel like every other throwaway horror film.
The plot basics are this, Needy (Seyfried), a reserved bookworm and Jennifer (Fox), a arrogant and full of herself cheerleader are beyond all reasons best friends. They have nothing in common and this changes even more when after going to a rock club to see a band that Jennifer is obsessing over and she agrees to go along with the band in their van. Jennifer then appears at Needy's house covered in blood and not looking well at all. She disappears but Needy sees her in school the next day as if nothing strange has happened. Jennifer has changed though, because now she has a taste for human blood and begins to sate her appetite for destruction with any boy who will jump at the chance to bed down with her. Needy begins to investigate and discovers that the band she was with are Satanic followers and tired to make Jennifer a virgin sacrifice, but she was not a virgin and somehow the demon they were sacrificing too inhabited the shell of her body. Needy tires to tell her boyfriend, Chip (Jimmy Simmons) about her discovery, but he does not believe her. Needy must now find a way to destroy Jennifer's demonic rampage before it devours her boyfriend.
This is a funny and thrill filled film. The direction by Kusama is very colorful. The film is made with a very broad stroke filled with vibrant colors. It really makes the film come alive. The way the blood drips off the screen is palatable. She also has a keen eye for what works visually in the film and that makes it all the more entertaining to watch. The script by Cody, is razor sharp and you can really see what a true love she has for the horror genre. There are many touches of homages in the story, such as Carrie and Night of the Creeps. The characters are nicely crafted too, especially when it comes to Needy. The film would not have worked as well as it did without her narration. Also, her transformation from nerdy bookworm to ass kicking anti heroine is a great point of the story. The cast is great, Fox is sexy as always and plays a great demonic presence in the film. The shining star of the cast though is Seyfried, she really carries the film and has a great presence that you will keep thinking about long after the film. I loved when she explained what a "kicker" was. It also has some great supporting performances in J. K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris and Cynthia Stevenson. They really play totally clueless adults marvelously. The SFX and effects are pulled off bloody well. The bile spewing scenes are some of my favorites and remind me a lot of Evil Dead 2. The soundtrack to the film is also a major point for the film. They picked every song used in the film accurately well and I do not believe the film would have worked as well as it did without the musical cues. This is a film that really brings back the glory days of the 80's high school themed horror films and is well wroth checking out even if you cannot stand Megan Fox.
This one gets 4 out of 5