Sunday, December 11, 2011

Screaming Sunday: Jennifer's Body

By s. Sunday, December 11, 2011 ,
Sati's movie rating - 66/100
Plot: Nerdy Needy, and arrogant cheerleader Jennifer are best friends since childhood, though they share very little in common. They share even less in common when Jennifer mysteriously gains an appetite for human blood after a disastrous fire at a local bar. As Needy's male classmates are steadily killed off in gruesome attacks, the girl must uncover the truth behind her friend's transformation and find a way to stop the bloodthirsty rampage before it reaches her own boyfriend - Chip.
The heroes: Needy, splendidly cast Amanda Seyfried who is great in the roles of ordinary teenagers. It's when she wanders off to movies like "Chloe" trouble begin.
The antagonists: Sizzling hot Megan Fox as superficial and bloodthirsty succubus, Jennifer.
What makes it so great? Pure campy fun with intentionally ridiculous scenes and silly dialogues, accompanied by lovely cinematography and catchy soundtrack. It's kinda like dumbed down (yes, even more) Grindhouse set in teenagers' world, written by Diablo Cody, the writer who brought us "Juno".
Best scene: Jennifer killing her first victim.

Oh-oh something's not right line: "I need you frightened. I need you hopeless"
Morbid trivia:The demon who possesses Jennifer closely resembles a succubus from Jewish, Christian, and Sumerian mythology/theology. It is said that succubi seduce men, and fornicate with them until they are "drained" (in the movie, getting "drained" could mean getting drained of blood instead of semen). Some possible examples of succubi are Lilitu (from Sumerian mythology), Lilin, and Lilith (both from Jewish theology).
Scare factor: - 1/5 evil pumpkin - more laughter than fear comes from watching this one.
Gore factor: - 2/5 bloody Leatherfaces - not very realistic, but pretty gross at times.
Is there a twist?: No.
Hint: Watch before a big ball or prom. Also mandatory movie if you secretly wish all cheerleaders were gone.
Unsuitable for: Gullible teenage boys and rock bands trying to play with occult.
Repercussions: Attempting to burn your own tongue with a lighter.

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