JENNIFER'S BODY, Dir. Karyn Kusama, USA, 102 min, 2009.
Writer Diablo Cody and director Karyn Kusama collaborated on what might be the most incredible high school horror film ever made. Turning all expected tropes upside down, this brilliant duo plus the incredible talent of Megan Fox breathed new life into a genre that was, at the time, long in danger of suffocating from its own pallid existence.
Anita "Needy" Lesnicki is a withdrawn high-schooler whose best friend Jennifer is a popular cheerleader. Despite having nothing in common, the two have been friends forever and continue to hang out despite objections from all levels of the high school social hierarchy. The two head out one night to a dive bar to catch indie band Low Shoulder. When the gig goes horrifically and tragically wrong, Jennifer unwisely agrees to leave with the band instead of her friend. Later that night, Jennifer reappears in Needys kitchen covered in blood and hungry with more than just the munchies. Needy soon suspects that there might be something wrong with her friend beyond raging teenage hormones, but who is going to believe the word of a nerd over one of the most popular girls at school? And frankly, just what is wrong with Jennifers body?
Kinetic, electric, funny and unexpected, JENNIFERS BODY brings elements of every high school-set movie weve ever loved to create something utterly unforgettable. Trading in the hetero-normative traits of average high school characters, the film creates a unique relationship between its two protagonist/antagonist leads that pays dividends in emotional stakes.
Fiercely independent and delightfully askew, JENNIFERS BODY is a true classic that never got its due when it was released in 2009; its our absolute honor at BEYOND FEST to bestow upon it all the love this film deserves. VIVA JENNIFERS BODY! -Evrim Ersoy
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