Bodies Bodies Bodies (\N)

When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game turns deadly in this fresh and funny look at backstabbing, fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong.
  • 6.8 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Kristen Ropuenian, Writer:
  • Director:
  • David Fenkel, John Hodges, Daniel Katz, Producer:

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4 / 10

Scream for Gen Z

A modern horror of sorts, no scares and mild action. Mostly focused on trying to study the breakdown of people in the wake of suspicion. As I was looking for some good scares, I left feeling disappointed. I should have kept my old ass at home.

6 / 10

Mixed Feelings

There are a lot things that I really like about Bodies Bodies Bodies. How it makes fun of Gen Z. Which is why all of the characters are intentionally obnoxious, as well as the great twist. My issues with it being that though the film is short, I started to loose interest. And the humor, which I'll admit I was laughing in any many scenes, there were points where I couldn't tell whether or not if it was trying to be funny. Overall, Bodies Bodies Bodies is a mixed bag.

7 / 10

An Average Thriller/Comedy with an Above Average Twist

When A24 released the first trailer for one of their newest films, Bodies Bodies Bodies, I wasn't sure what to make of it. It felt almost like Scream, but with a modern spin, and while I can say it's not that, this is an enjoyable film if you know what you're in for. It won't be for everyone though, as this film is loaded with subject matter that will turn certain viewers off. All I will say is that it's worth watching, even if you're not enjoying yourself and I'll explain why. You don't have to rush out and see Bodies Bodies Bodies, but here's why it's worth a watch.

During a hurricane, a group of young adults party in their friend's mansion, while doing drugs and drinking a lot of alcohol. Not in their right mind, they decide to play a game that requires the skill of trying to find the killer. Things go very wrong though when one of them actually turns up dead. Trying to figure out who the killer is, this group lets out many bottled-up emotions and continuously backstab each other. This makes for some entertaining scenes of heavy dialogue, but it also works against the film in my opinion. The banter/arguing between characters is nearly half of what this film is, but I get that it was meant to be tongue and cheek. It just didn't quite do it for me all the time. In fact, if it wasn't for the ending, I'm not even sure I'd be talking highly about this film at all.

About halfway through the film, I wasn't even sure who to root for, even though I knew which characters the film wanted me to care about the most. The mystery always kept me on the edge of my seat, having no idea who the killer was, but I also wasn't sure I even cared that much. With that said, the way this film wraps up is one of my favourite few minutes of the year. Yes, I loved the ending that much. The issue is though, I don't think the rest of the film was enjoyable enough to say that I loved it overall. I will gladly watch this film over and over again with people who haven't seen it though. This is the type of film that has a reveal that comes out of nowhere and I couldn't get enough of it.

Overall, Bodies Bodies Bodies has some fun dialogue and Halina Reijn's directing work (which I have yet to see, until now) was also very commendable. It's just a fun horror/comedy that's not supposed to be taken as anything more. If it was that from start to finish, I'd barely give this film a pass because I just mildly enjoy myself. Again though, it's all about that ending for me. When the film finished, I thought back through the film and it worked a lot better for me. Some people may not like it as much as I did, but I wanted to stand up and cheer for the writers on this one, Sarah DeLappe crafted one hell of a twist. Bodies Bodies Bodies is now playing in select theatres, and while I do recommend it, this can easily be watched at home.

7 / 10

Not A Slasher!!! Leave Your Expectations At The Door

I don't know who needs to hear this but just a heads up that BODIES BODIES BODIES is a murder mystery and not a slasher film (think AND THEN THERE WERE NONE through a social satire/gen z lens). If you go in expecting a slasher film you *WILL* be disappointed. Like I don't know why it's being sold as a slasher film. It's just setting up unrealistic expectations for the horror crowd. Basically a group of friends meet up and play a game of Bodies Bodies Bodies (aka "Mafia" or "Werewolf") and one of them gets killed. Then they start to turn on each other trying to figure out who the murder is.

It's not a slasher film lol. Don't be upset if you go in expecting a serious horror film and you walk out saying "that was dumb" (despite the fact that that was the film's intention)

8 / 10

Bodies Bodies Bodies Review

Another banger from A24 while also being surprisingly hilarious. This is a very engaging movie from start to end. The plot moves pretty quickly and doesn't take too much time to stop and do other things that aren't fully relevant to the story minus one or two scenes. All the characters are really fun and interesting to follow. Some get much more screen time than others but their interactions were hilarious. Every actor does a great job but Rachel Sennott was the major stand out here. She gave easily the best performance in the film and was definitely the funniest character in the whole film. It was actually kind of fun to watch a movie where every character is a jerk. The story and script was probably the best thing about this movie. It felt unique in how it took a very conventional story and flipped it on its head with a Gen Z twist. It's a fun little parody of Gen Z while also treating the characters like real people with real emotions and not bland and basic shells that resemble characters for the sake of a cheap joke. The ending may throw some people off but I thought it was great. The dramatic reveal about what happened and why this all started was very out of left field and it worked very well for what the film was trying to do. If you're a fan of A24 movies or want a fun murder mystery film then go check this out.