It seems like original horror content is on the rise as of late, and I’m happy to say this film is one of the best ones yet!
Set during a “hurricane party” where a bunch of friends, old and new, gather to have a good time and, in a roundabout way, deal with some lingering resentment some still hold for others, Bodies Bodies Bodies immediately becomes something far darker — and funny — than it initially lets on. Deciding to play the titular murder in the dark-style game as the hurricane hits their mansion abode with full force, the murder of one of these “friends” is soon witnessed in gory fashion, setting off a series of events that sees bodies on bodies (on bodies) pile up in a way that exposes these pals for who they truly are, what they truly think of one another, and most importantly, what they’ll do to exact revenge on those they believe have done them wrong.
The first thing that struck me about this movie was how raw and compelling it felt in terms of the story being told, the tone of the film, and the characterization of people who, by all rights, are all kinda assholes to one other. Almost right off the bat, Bodies Bodies Bodies nails that balance between characters that are plain fun to watch as they go at each other with snarky sarcasm, tense conversations, hidden agendas, and dark senses of humor that only benefits a story that goes from awkward reunion to bloody murder mystery in the span of a few moments. And that’s only just the beginning of a plot that takes more twists and turns than I expected while giving us a healthy dose of toxic drama between our leading ladies that never fails to entertain.
Feeling fresh, original, and even a bit subversive if the final reveal is anything to go by, this one consistently surprised me in a way I was extremely satisfied with, despite a few nitpicks I had along the way. If there’s anything I’d fault this movie for, it’s minimal at best, as its great sense of pacing almost comes to a grinding halt about halfway through the film. Feeling a bit pandering and off-center from what the rest of the film’s conversation circles around, there was a good ten minutes where I was scratching my head due to the direction the script was going, something that was eventually offset by a few brilliant scenes, kills, character interactions, and ultimately, a final resolution that acts as the bloody cherry on top of the hurricane drenched cake.
So while I admit I didn’t expect much from this film walking in, by the time I walked out, I was impressed, entertained, and quite honestly, wanting more. Bodies Bodies Bodies is a sleeper candidate for being one of my top movies of the year, so do yourself a favor and watch this one as soon as you can.