Thirty-one days of Horror.
For the whole month of October I’ll be watching and reviewing one horror film each day!
When I first saw Jennifer’s Body at the cinema, I didn’t really enjoy it. It all felt very forced. It had a sharp 2009 soundtrack, very cool stars and was written by Diabolo Cody, then coming off the super indie hit Juno.
I was so fucking wrong. Jennifer’s Body is way better than I first thought. Catching it again a few years later and again on this rewatch, not only does it hold up, it improves. Yeah, the dialogue is very Whedonesque, VERY Diabolo Cody, but the cast make it sound believable.
Jennifer’s Body is the story of a girl who becomes demonically possessed after being sacrificed by a rock band, Low Shoulder, who want to achieve stardom. She comes back from the dead and starts eating boys in shool. There’s definitely a heavy handed subtext in there. People being corrupted by those who know better often end up corrupting others. Or something like that. The script is razor sharp andthe movie handles then more delicate subject matter well, but is also genuinely scary. Jennifer’s scream in Needy’s kitchen when she first returns is the first real jump scare, but Jennifer’s Body relies more on tension building and the juxtaposition of comedy and horror then jumps.
With Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, JK Simmons, Adam Brody and Johnny Simmons as the leads, it adds a weight that most horror or dark comedies don’t always have. Megan Fox in particular was flavour of the month after Transformers but people forget she’s actually a good actress. Especially in comedies. It was also funny seeing Chris Pratt show up in a tiny role, noone had a clue he would end up being one of the world’s biggest movie stars in the five years following.
That soundtrack I mentioned before is absolutely brilliant too, the song Through The Trees by Low Shoulder, a pivotal plot point, is actually really good. We also get songs from It Dies Today, Florence and the Machine, Black Kids and the (at the time) comeback single from Panic! At The Disco.
Jennifer’s Body is darkly funny, violent, gory and very entertaining. Like a 80’s teen movie if it was directed by John Carpenter. It’s very much of its time though. If you were an emo kid in the 00’s, it’ll dish out a heavy dose of nostalgia for you.
I fully admit my love for this film and just how wrong I was initially. Definitely worth your time and a reappraisal if you haven’t seen it for a while.
For Fans Of:
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Night of the Creeps
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