Bodies Bodies Bodies is a slasher flick for Gen Z. From gaslighting to start-up podcasts, this film speaks very much in the language of today.
What is the Bodies Bodies Bodies plot?
A group of 20-something friends all meet at one of their remote mansions to sit through a hurricane. A game of ‘bodies bodies bodies’ – a murder mystery game – turns very real when one of the gang ends up dead. Without power, and with no signal, the group begin trying to find the suspected killer among them.
Who stars in Bodies Bodies Bodies?
This film is unique in that is only has eight cast members. But, the fact that they can all hold attention and carry the plot between them, is a testament to their acting abilities.
The film opens with Sophie and Bee making out, and frequently returns to their relationship throughout the ordeal they go through.
Sophie is played by Amandla Stenberg, best known for her role as Rue in The Hunger Games and most recently as Alana Beck in Dear Evan Hansen.
Bee is portrayed by Maria Bakalova, a Bulgarian actress known for playing Tutar Sagdiyev in the 2020 Borat mockumentary.
The rest of the group includes Myha’la Herrold (Industry), Chase Sui Wonders (Generation), Rachel Sennott (Ayo and Rachel Are Single), Lee Pace (The Hobbit), Pete Davidson (Friends of the People) and Connor O’Malley (Broad City).
This film is the English debut film for Dutch director Halina Reijn.
What are reviews saying about Bodies Bodies Bodies?
Clarisse Loughrey of the Independent gives this film a solid four stars. She describes the slasher as ‘damn funny, often deliriously so.’ She adds, ‘That chaos is thrillingly replicated by Jasper Wolf’s cinematography, with glow stick bracelets and iPhone flashlights the only things that guide us through the hungry dark’.
Writing for The Sunday Morning Herald, Jake Wilson awards Bodies Bodies Bodies three stars and labels it a ‘guilty pleasure’.
He writes: ‘The notion that all these characters can be seen as literal “bodies” is one possible implication of the marvelously ambiguous title, though the possibilities are carried nowhere near as far as they could have if the film were truly prepared to go to town with transgressive sex and gore’.
Nadira Begum for The Indiependent says that ‘Reijn has crafted a film that is pitch-perfect in its critique of the chronically online generation. With disarming humour and a killer soundtrack, Bodies Bodies Bodies has cemented its place in the canon of recent horror.’
Aside from professional critics, this film received a strong 69% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.