High School Horror: “Jennifer’s Body” (2009) Review

In most recent years, there have some fun horror films to come out, and one of my favorites is Jennifer’s Body from 2009. It stars Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, and Adam Brody. Also, it is written by Diablo Cody who wrote Juno (2007) and is one of the writers of the upcoming remake, The Evil Dead, which comes out in 2013. But by far her best project in my opinion is Jennifer’s Body. It’s one of my favorite recent horror films, and one of my favorite high school themed horror films that seems to be very underrated in my opinion.

Jennifer (Megan Fox), and Needy (Amanda Seyfried) are best friends,but total opposites in high school. Jennifer is the girl that guys want to be with, and girls want to be while Needy kinda stays in the shadows of Jennifer,but loves and wants to protect Jennifer when trouble happens. One night Jennifer and Needy decide to go to a local bar where a new band will be playing. But during the show, a fire breaks out, and luckily Jennifer and Needy make it out safe until the band decides to take Jennifer with them. Later Needy is in panic about Jennifer, and worries about Jennifer’s safety. But later Jennifer returns, and isn’t the same person as before. Jennifer becomes a man eating demon of some sort because the band was actually a cult that sacrificed Jennifer thinking that she was a virgin, but were wrong because Jennifer wasn’t. Now Jennifer must eat her way through all the boys in her high school in order to stay beautiful, and her next target is Needy’s boyfriend, Chip. It’s up for Needy to stop Jennifer for good before Jennifer causes more chaos. If describing the plot wasn’t the best then I am sorry,but it’s a plot that is hard to describe.

In my opinion, this is one of the best modern horror films and one of the best high school themed horror films. It’s a film that gets too much hate, and personally I don’t think it deserves the hate it gets. Yes, there is some dialogue between some of the characters that is pretty dumb. But the rest of the film is a good cheesy time that isn’t supposed to be taken seriously. The first time going into the film, I expected that, and I turned out loving every minute of it. It has clever writing, clever and interesting kills, great music, fun characters, great cameos, and a pretty awesome ending between Fox and Seyfried. I would highly recommend this film to horror fans that want to have a good time with food and drinks, and that love their cheesy “B” horror films.

–Justin Rhine

Favorite Horror Comedies: “Jennifer’s Body” (2009) Review

My favorite horror comedy is the 2009 film Jennifer’s Body. The film tells the story of a nerdy high school girl named Needy, played by Amanda Seyfried, who goes out one night with her popular best friend Jennifer, played by Megan Fox. They then meet a band from the city and they end up luring Jennifer into their van after the bar they’re in gets set on fire. This worries Needy. When Needy returns home, Jennifer shows up all bloody and acting very different. Eventually, the bodies of some of the guys in the girls’ high school start piling up, and Needy suspects it’s Jennifer. Needy then sets out to discover what happened to Jennifer that night and why she’s committing these murders. Can she save her classmates as well as her best friend?

A lot of the time when I read people’s thoughts on Jennifer’s Body, it’s fairly negative. I personally love the movie. It has a nice ‘80s horror storyline and feel to it, and it has the humor of writer Diablo Cody, most famous for being the writer of Juno. The film isn’t scary, but it has some of the right horror elements, and throw in the fun, witty dialogue, and fun characters, and you have a fun horror comedy. The film has many great one-liners that I still quote while watching the movie, and they’re all pretty humorous. The acting by Amanda Seyfried was solid, honestly I’d like to a role that Amanda can’t do. One of the most impressive things about it for me though was Megan Fox. She actually didn’t do that bad of a job here, and she didn’t looks as fake physically here either. However some may argue that Megan basically played herself, which could very well be true. Jennifer’s Body is one under looked horror comedy that just does not get the credit it deserves for being a dark comedic gorefest.

To order from Amazon: Jennifer’s Body (DVD)

–Cody Landman