A film that could almost be called the “Scream” of our time, a satirical black-humored horror film was shot by Kristen Roupenian and Sarah DeLappe from the Netherlands by Halina Reijn. A modern slasher in which the blood of a rich, arrogant golden youth will flow who gathered in a luxurious villa to organize a “Hurricane Party”, i.e. a party while a hurricane rages around. The only outsider among this golden youth is Bee (Bulgarian Maria Bakalova whom we remember as Borat’s daughter) who will actually end up at that bloody party quite by accident.
She has been in a relationship with Sophie (Amandla Sternberg) for several weeks, and we first meet the two of them as they kiss passionately and go on a journey. We soon learn that Sophie has already been in numerous rehabs due to addiction, even though she is only in her early twenties and that she comes from a shamelessly rich family, while Beena’s past is quite mysterious and we can only guess that she is a foreigner and that she is definitely of a lower class. They go to a party organized in their father’s villa by the also extremely rich David (Pete Davidson), Sophie’s best friend, and Sophie’s former team, with whom she has not been in contact for a long time, will gather there. There is also David’s rather submissive girlfriend Emma (Chase Sui Wonders), quarrelsome Jordan (Myha’la Herrold), spoiled Alice (Rachel Sennott from Shiva Baby) and her 40-year-old boyfriend whom she found on Tinder, Greg (Lee Pace), who nobody knows.
And from the beginning it is obvious that this is a real team of spoiled young snobs who mostly come from very rich and wealthy families. The very thought of organizing something called a hurricane party calls for each of them to be slapped with a few masonic – educational slaps, and Sophie’s unexpected arrival with Bee will surprise everyone quite a bit. Although on the surface it seems that they are all very good and connected, it will soon become clear to us that this is only an illusion, and before the dead bodies begin to line up, cracks in their relationships will be visible. And it will start as a typical party seasoned with alcohol and drugs, supplemented by some silly social game in the dark where someone is the killer and someone is the victim, but the game will turn into reality very quickly when they realize that the host David has been killed.
“Bodies Bodies Bodies” will then turn into an interesting mix of slasher and whodunit thriller in which the survivors will not only try to figure out who the killer is, but will also try to save themselves believing that one of them is next in line. And of course they won’t be wrong, and as the situation will become more tense, all those 20-year-old women who at first at least try to behave as if they are friends and are close, will finally become honest with each other and in those crisis situations they will finally say to each other what they really think. And about each other, but also about themselves, and we will understand until the end that their closeness was really just an illusion, something pretended, artificial, just as Generation Z, as the Americans call it, seems to us.
A great film by a Dutch actress, who has recently been switching more and more to directing, captures the spirit of the times and the hypocrisy of young generations, especially those brought up with a golden spoon in their mouths who had no need to think and worry about anything else their whole life the more attractive the profiles on social networks. This is a generation that cares much more about the impression they leave on social networks, than what they are like in reality and the patterns of behavior from social networks that they seem to be trying to transfer to real life and behave in such a forced, haughty, arrogant way, perhaps not even realizing that they are like that because that is the natural state of affairs for them.
And although at first the film by Haline Reijn may not seem like a comedy, as time passes, this stylized slasher will really start to turn into a brutal black comedy. We will understand that practically none of them have their own opinion on almost anything and they all reason and conclude and even think and communicate in the way that trends are moving and what is popular at that moment on social networks. He gets together with the crew and the viewer will try to guess to the end which of these socialites could really be the killer, and it must be admitted that Reijn made an extremely entertaining, dynamic and even humorous film.