Jennifer's Body is a 2009 supernatural horror film film written by Diablo Cody (Juno, One Mississippi) and directed by Karyn Kusama (Since Jennifer's Body, most of her credits are on and off TV gigs like Chicago Fire, Masters of Sex, The Man in the High Castle, Halt and Catch Fire...), and it stars Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, and Adam Brody. There are also minor roles fulfilled by Chris Pratt and J.K. Simmons, who gives it all he's got for this particular role. (No, Johnny, J.K. nor myself are related in any way... in case you were wondering!)
The film takes place in Devil's Kettle, MN, named after a "mysterious" water fall called Devil's Kettle Falls. (Which is a real location, but is not a whirlpool, as depicted in the film.*)
The movie starts out with Anita Lesnicki (Seyfried) being a violent patient in a mental institution, as she starts to recount events that got her in her present predicament.
So Anita and her childhood best friend Jennifer (Fox) hit up a local bar to watch a band that was passing through, but a fire erupts in the establishment and Jennifer ends up leaving with the rock band. (The lead singer of the band seemed pretty disinterested in the fire, as if he was expecting it.) She later shows up at Anita's place with a ravenous hunger that can't seem to be satiated with food.
Later Jennifer starts acting odd, and later, kills a boy she was out with.
Anita starts to see things about her best friend that freaks her out but no one will believe her. Then Jennifer tells Anita what happened to her with the band after the bar fire earlier in the movie. It wasn't pretty.
And the tale of the demon who eats boys goes from there.
The synopsis does say, "A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?"
To be honest, when you hear about a movie starring Megan Fox, you don't hold your breath, right? But then you have other cast members like Chris Pratt and J.K. Simmons.
Fox actually pulls off this popcorn horror flick better than expected in this 2009 film. Sure, it got a 5.1/10 on IMDb, but for TV fodder viewing, or if you're a fan of Fox's, I think you will find yourself pleasantly surprised by this role of hers if you come across the film.
I'm not trying to up-pitch it beyond the score, but I like the pacing, the tone and the monster is pretty cool! Plus, this film was written by a woman, directed by a woman and the two primary leads are women! Boom! I like that. Cody's inspiration for the film came from several sources, including The Lost Boys and did want to turn the horror genre a little on its side by writing the script for female characters.
If you're wondering, this film came out before Fox's troubles in the Transformers franchise where she publiclly referred to Michael Bay in a not too glamorous way in how he runs his movies.
*Kettle Falls, is the water feature depicted in the film, is a real location.
Kettle Falls Mystery SolvedAs put by the Star Tribune,
"Half of the Brule River vanishes into a hole in the ground."And just like in the film, after the falls, the water splits, half going on its way while the rest plummets down a hole and disappears. To where, no one knew. Or at least visually, that's what it seemed like.
Turns out some hydrologists took water flow measurements above and below the feature and the numbers were near identical, meaning that the water might look to disappear out of sight and down a hole, but it just pours into an underwater system that delivers the water downstream.
So much for one more mystery of life, solved.
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