Kill Pete Davidson and co

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This is the modern atmosphere of the new 20 year old horror movie Bodies Bodies Bodies. Sure, serial killers are scary, but not as much as being in your 20s today. Or damn it, just hanging out with people in their 20s.

A friend suggested to me, after seeing the trailer for the hit A24 flick, that he was too old for the Scream-type movie starring Pete Davidson and Maria Bakalova.

But I assure you, we’re never too old to laugh at millennial and Gen Z idiots.

In director Halina Reijn’s tight, nightclub-esque film, six mindless friends get together at David’s (Davidson) beautiful, gigantic, faraway home for a slumber party celebrating a hurricane. Just like you do.

Add to that a necessary complication for a 2022 teenage slasher movie: there’s no cell service in the house and the WiFi password is loooong.

A weekend of fun quickly turns into a night of blood.
A weekend of fun quickly turns into a night of blood.
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Sober Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) has brought her mysterious, soft-spoken Slavic friend Bee (Bakalova) since she was six weeks old, and she meets judgmental Jordan (Myha’la Herrold), Emma (Chase Sui Wonders) and the podcaster Alice (Rachel Sennott). and her older new hippie boyfriend, Greg (Lee Pace).

Tequila shots are drunk, lines of Coke are snorted and dance parties begin. And then, as night falls, the group decides to play Bodies Bodies Bodies, a hide-and-seek/murder mystery game. Things get ugly fast.

David is teasing Sophie, his best friend, for leaving the group chat. Alice stands up for Greg, proclaiming, “He’s a Libra moon — that’s saying a lot!” Emma insists she’s “an ally,” and people whine that they’re being triggered. Someone else is yelling accusations of ableism. The satire is positively appetizing.

Lee Pace (left) and Pete Davidson become involved in a mysterious murder
Lee Pace (left) and Pete Davidson become involved in a murder mystery in “Bodies Bodies Bodies.”
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Amandla Stenberg and Maria Bakalova have a brand new relationship in the horror film.
Amandla Stenberg, left, and Maria Bakalova have a new relationship in the horror film.
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Then, during one round, a person goes outside to the conservatory to discover a mate clinging to their slashed, bloody throat and they fall to the ground dead. Who was it? Who is the killer in their midst?

The crime aspect is far less important than the joy of watching the ridiculous characters film and the dominant question, “How many 25-year-olds does it take to solve a murder?” The answer turns out to be the punch line.

Davidson, as usual, plays a pleasantly sardonic version of himself, pointing out that his gang is crazy, though he’s also a moron himself.

Playing low-key Bee was also a smart move for Bakalova, who was the first to capture the world’s attention as Borat’s wild and mad daughter in the sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen’s mockumentary. It earned the then-unknown actress a Golden Globe nod. Here she’s subtle and relatable with a touch of darkness, proving she can do much more than trick Southerners.

And Herrold acts with a constant chilling intensity that keeps us wondering if Jordan is evil or just plain awful.

Rachel Sennott causes a sensation
Rachel Sennott causes a sensation with “Bodies Bodies Bodies”.
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But Bodies Bodies Bodies is stolen from the extraordinarily talented Sennott as Alice. The 26-year-old actress was just as gorgeous in the more subtle, loveable 2020 comedy Shiva Baby, but here she is allowed to shine. She creates a character so obnoxious, familiar, wickedly hilarious that it’s almost therapeutic to see that kind of youngster so skilfully mocked.

And though the comedy genre has become more atmospheric than jokes lately, Sennott still has an old-school ability to both project a funny personality and hit punch lines. She should be a big star.

“Body”, all things considered, is minor. The film ends in a flash (better than the alternative) and culminates in a more vicious commentary than a bombshell. It’s never as scary as that of A24′The witch‘ or ‘Hereditary’, but that’s not the point.

Reijn’s film, written by Sarah DeLappe and Kristen Roupenian, manages to make a young basement horror film for today. And as last year’s reboot of Scream showed us, it’s a genre that’s been stuck in 1996 for far too long.

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