Jennifer's Body (2009)
A newly possessed cheerleader turns into a killer who specializes in offing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?
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I have researched a lot of horror movies. Some horror movies take it from a true story or myths . Her name is ," Elyse Pahler: Killed in Nipomo in 1995". She was murdered by a band who wanted to get famous; so they sacrificed her to the devil because she was a virgin . I watch this movie, than I remember in my home town this being on the local news as a young kid. This movie took it to another level saying what happens if she was not a true virgin? I actually have hard time watching it knowing the facts. If you read how the band killed her. This movie is a revenge story on the band at the end.
Seriously.In her early 20s, Fox at that time was one of the most beautiful women in the world with potentially a heck of a film career ahead. In the first Transformers film, she had, by merely bending over a car engine, given hundreds of thousands of teenage boys worldwide a reason to live. But what next? You have to figure that the actress and her agent were waiting for the perfect script, and what could be more perfect than a horror/teen project from Oscar winner Diablo Cody? With hindsight, we now see JB as a film with a script that goes nowhere, a constant refusal to engage the audience on any level, and, oh yeah, since this is an official review, the worst role of JK Simmons' career. Which is strange sort of achievement.The only one who survives this travesty is Amanda Seyfried, who essentially functions as "the glue" and tries to keep the viewer interested mainly by leveraging off her own high level of "perplexity." Fox, as we all know, ended up doing mainly TV after this. Pity.
I've seen Jennifer's Body before, and I really, really liked it. But lately I've been thinking about how great this movie actually is, and I really wanted to see it again. Like I said about a year ago, the story of Jennifer's Body is way more interesting than you'd think when you read the summary. The very beginning of the film feels not as clichéd as you'd expect this movie to be. The writing is excellent in this movie. The movie keeps you in its hook. The best part about the writing is the dialogue in this film. All those remarkable lines are simply delicious. Sure, the realism of the dialogue doesn't really make you dizzy, but it sounds good and stands out from typical dialogue. Diablo Cody's dialogue has always been impressive. While I wasn't fascinated by Juno, a film written by her, it was mostly because of the themes and plot of that film: I still liked Cody's dialogue.Jennifer's Body isn't actually a scary film, yet the makers of this film have used the horror themes excellently. There are a few jump scares that scare you for a little while, but don't actually leave you scarred, and they are pretty easy to predict. There are a few disgusting bits, few brutal and bloody bits, and supernatural horror with demons and all that jazz. All those elements work well together, like they usually do.The thing about this film is that it should be a total B-movie but it isn't. Jennifer's Body is excellent instead of "so bad it's kind of good". Yes, many people don't like this movie, or actually hate it, but I'm not exactly what the reason for that is? "It's ridiculous?" Every movie has it's ridiculous moments, otherwise they are so serious they are boring. I can't think of any reasons. The cast is so wonderful in this film. Megan Fox is such a skilled actress and she's absolutely fantastic as Jennifer. Amanda Seyfried's charm as Needy seems to be the complete opposite of Fox's charm, and together their chemistry just makes you dizzy. Wow.Jennifer's Body is one of my favourite movies. It has amazing female characters, intriguing plot and amazing dialogue. It has everything I need in a film, yet I'm not giving it the full score because of several clichés and how it's not exactly a very original movie. It's still great and definitely worth watching.
Jennifer's Body (2009): Dir: Karyn Kusama / Cast: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris: Here is an interesting take on vampires that may remind viewers on the puberty reference in the werewolf film Ginger Snaps. Title regards infatuation as well as the male student body in which Jennifer feeds upon. She is a cheerleader who was a sacrifice to Satan by a struggling rock band. When she resurfaces she has vampire powers and feeds on the blood of males in order to retain her youth. Well written although third act is the standard face off. Directed by Karyn Kusama with ominous production visuals. Megan Fox is enchanting as Jennifer going from seductive cheerleader to vicious vampire. Amanda Seyfried plays her long time best friend who loses Jennifer at a concert only to have her resurface drenched in blood. She plays a great counterpart to Fox since both have very different backgrounds in film. We can expect a cat fight between the two as well as revenge on the cult band. Johnny Simmons plays Seyfried's boyfriend who becomes a target for Jennifer until Seyfried cuts in. Unfortunately this subplot ends on a sour note. Only J.K. Simmons as a professor is underused, which is unfortunate since he has been known as a scene stealer in past movies. Graphic and steamy horror entertainment recommended to vampire fans. Score: 5 ½ / 10