“Bodies Bodies Bodies”: A Clever Take on Comedy Horror Film in the Age of the Internet

Watching “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” the new horror-comedy film directed by Halina Reijn and distributed by A24, feels like being trapped in the dark with a group of people I would normally hate to be around. However, what could easily have been one of the film’s biggest flaws — the actors playing very stereotypical Gen Zs with relevant slang featuring prominently in the script — is one of its greatest strengths.

“Bodies Bodies Bodies” is a group featuring both established names like Amandla Stenberg (“Everything, Everything” and “The Hate U Give”) and comedian Pete Davidson, as well as up-and-coming artists like Maria Bakalova (” Borat Moviefilm”) and Rachel Sennott (“Shiva Baby”). Luckily, the actors fully understand who this movie is for. Instead of coming across as a group ridiculing Gen-Z, they come across as part of it. , satirizing the generation in many amusing ways.

As a hurricane approaches the house where the characters are escaping, they start playing a game called “Bodies Bodies Bodies”, where one person is randomly chosen to be the murderer whose goal is to “kill “everyone by touching them. Once a player has been hit, they lie on the ground until someone finds them. When this happens, the person who finds the “dead” player shouts “Bodies Bodies Bodies!” and everyone gathers to guess who the murderer is. It mostly plays out in the dark and very quickly takes a turn for the worse when the power goes out and one by one the characters start to appear actually dead.

As more corpses continue to emerge, the characters naturally turn on each other. At the end of the movie, I wondered how many of them actually loved each other in the first place. This is where “Bodies Bodies Bodies” turns out to be more than just a slasher movie. He finds opportunities to start a discussion about how the digital age has affected our relationships with each other. Under normal circumstances where no one dies, groups of friends like the one in the movie often seem to like each other. But in an age characterized by social media, it’s only easier for people to fake interactions and create a friendly fake facade.

This is where the character of Bee comes in. Played by Bakalova, she sort of functions like the audience. Quiet and reserved at first, she is an outsider to the group, only being there because of her romantic relationship with Sophie (Stenberg). She lets us see how an outsider might react to the group’s behavior, and as an outsider, she becomes one of the prime suspects when the killings begin.

The social commentary is never central to the film, however, and that’s not a bad thing at all. “Bodies Bodies Bodies” manages to feel like an early 2000s teen movie. and Azealia Banks, makes it an instant cult classic and an updated take on slasher film for the social media age.

Rating: 3.5/5

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