“When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game turns deadly in this fresh and funny look at backstabbing, fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong.”

Director: Halina Reijn
Writers: Sarah DeLappe (screenplay), Kristen Roupenian (story by)
Staring: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Baklova, Rachel Sennott, Chase Sui Wonders, Pete Davidson, Myha’la Herrold, Lee Pace, Conner O’Malley
Release Date: August 5, 2022

I am just covering this trailer now because Bodies, Bodies, Bodies (2022) is being released a week from today on August 5th. I forgot that this trailer came out, saw it pop up on my YouTube, and was like well shit, now I gotta write about it.

So a couple of hilarious things first.

  1. My family and I were talking about zucchini bread randomly yesterday, and then I finally watch this Bodies, Bodies, Bodies trailer and they mention zucchini bread. The algorithm is working overdrive.
  2. Some A24 movie synergy with the game Bodies, Bodies, Bodies needing an “X” on the paper and also A24 released a movie earlier this year titled X (2022).

Here is my take on this preview of Bodies, Bodies, Bodies. The movie is giving me heavy Ready Or Not (2019) vibes and some subtle We Summon The Darkness (2019) vibes. The movies is going to have some of the classic necessary tropes like bad weather and dangerous conditions to keep the victims in an isolated area. It is also going to have a commentary mixing friend groups, assumptions on meeting new people, and a “who is really the bad guy here” question.

A question I have about Bodies, Bodies, Bodies is why is Pete Davidson in this movie? He just doesn’t see to fit the vibe of the other actors and actresses. Like sure, Maria Bakalova was nominated for an Oscar for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020), but her face is not an immediate light bulb. There are a lot of actors here who are on their way up in Hollywood and trying to become recognizable Davidson is already a star, and one I do not quite understand. Attaching his name to this movie will generate more eyeballs. Can’t fault the marketing side of it. But from a movie side, I would rather have a cast of all “lesser names” than throwing in just one person who is supremely recognizable.

This Bodies, Bodies, Bodies trailer is well constructed. There are multiple shots of the long machete to clue the audience in on it. It shows off unique angles you wouldn’t expect like David (Pete Davidson) leaning underneath the table and blowing out his vape. Also I enjoy the cheeky “watch you back” and then the game is completed by patting people on the back. It is a simple little thing, but the little things in life bring us the most joy.

Bodies, Bodies, Bodies is directed by Halina Reijn. It is just her second major motion picture. Her first was Instinct (2019), which starred Carice van Houten (known for playing Melisandre in Game Of Thrones) and her infatuation with a sex offender she is treating. A rather heavy topic. I have not seen Instinct, but that interesting premise. If she is willing to take a swing telling that story, I am excited to see what she can do sinking her teeth into a genre piece like Bodies, Bodies, Bodies.

If we want to have a little bit of a worry, it may be in the writing. Bodies, Bodies, Bodies is the first screenplay for Sarah DeLappe and Kristen Roupenian. We are hoping for beginner’s luck.

Bodies, Bodies, Bodies comes out on August 5, 2022.

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