In the horror flick “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” we meet a group of rich 20-somethings who plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion.
The evening quickly goes awry in this brutal and funny look at backstabbing fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong.
The film starts off with a make-out session between Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) and her new girlfriend Bee (Maria Bakalova), before the two drive to a party being held by Sophie’s BFF David (Pete Davidson) at his family’s mansion.
Once at the house, we meet the rest of the characters, who seem like they’re contestants on a TV reality show called “Lifestyles of the Rich and Vapid.”
The group includes David and his girlfriend, Emma (Chase Sui Wonders), along with their friends Jordan (Myha’la Herrold) and Alice (Rachel Sennott), who’s brought her older (as in 40-year-old) boyfriend, Greg (Lee Pace – almost unrecognizable in the role).
As the hurricane starts raging outside, everyone is drinking and dancing when Sophie suggests they play the game Bodies Bodies Bodies (where the film gets its name).
In the game everyone draws a slip of paper from a batch and who ever draws the one with an “X” is the killer. The rest hide and after the killer touches one of them, the person who discovers the “dead body” screams the game’s name, and then everyone else convenes together to figure out who the killer is.
After the group starts needling each other figuring out who the killer is, several people separate in anger. Then the power goes out.
This is where the real killing begins.
Normally a film tries to get us to connect with the characters, before the killing starts, but there wasn’t much to like about anyone in this group.
So rather than root for anyone to survive, you’re busy figuring out who is just that horrible they would kill their “friends” while you watch relationships fracture and friendly facades fall.
The script is full of one-liners and zingers that highlight the absurdity of the situation, but no matter how certain you are that you know who the killer is, you’re wrong.
The reveal was hilarious and completely out of nowhere, which only emphasizes these friends were never really good friends to begin with.
With a moderate amount of gore, “Bodies Bodies Bodies” has the self-awareness of “Scream” mixed with a social media raised Gen Z dialogue. Director Halina Reijn has crafted a rather fun horror film.
What seems like a regular slasher film ends up a bit more evolved. I’m giving “Bodies Bodies Bodies” a 4 out of 5.
BODIES BODIES BODIES (2022)
Director: Halina Reijn
Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Myha’la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, Rachel Sennott, Lee Pace, Pete Davidson
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