Jennifer's Body (2009)
Directed by Karyn Kusama

Starring Adam Brody Amanda Seyfried Johnny Simmons Megan Fox

A shameless rip off of "Ginger Snaps," "Jennifer's Body" shares so much in common with that film it's a shock nobody sued. Simply replace the werewolf mythos of "Ginger" with the succubus mythos of "Jennifer" and you have the same movie.

Almost the same title too. But while "Ginger Snaps" is a classic, "Jennifer's Body" is going to wind up on the ash heap of horror movie history. It's a crapfest.

Well, not a total crapfest. It's watchable. Megan Fox struts her stuff and looks hot. It has a great modern rock soundtrack. Witty dialogue.

But before you pay to see this film, you owe it to yourself to dig up a copy of "Ginger Snaps," which came out in the early 2000s, and skip this Megan Fox/Diablo Cody vehicle that deservedly flopped at the U.S. box office.

Like "Ginger," this film is the tale of two high school girls who have been best friends since childhood, living in a boring small town high school. One of the girls is super hot (Ginger or Jennifer, depending on which movie), while the other is a mouse-y nerd (in this film that would be the character of "Needy" played by Amanda Seyfried, who is actually too hot to play the character).

In the original, "Ginger" is attacked by a werewolf and morphs into a killer. In "Jennifer," the title character is the victim of a virgin sacrifice gone wrong, when a rock band attempts to sacrifice her to the devil. Trouble is, she's not a virgin so she turns into a boy-killing, almost invulnerable succubus.

Borrowing a bit from "Teeth," the film feigns feminism by having Jennifer kill off horny guys. But, "Teeth" was a much better and more clever film.

What stinks about "Jennifer's Body"? I'd say it's pace, its predictability and Megan Fox, who is a pretty bad actress. The characters are just ultimately never believable. Feminist horror was handled way more effectively in "Teeth".

This was one of the big disappointments of 2009, because writer Diablo Cody wrote the clever comedy "Juno" -- which had some horror movie references -- so it seemed like having her write a horror film was only natural. Unfortunately, she doesn't have what it takes to write for this genre and should stick with Oscar-winning comedies.

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-- Review by Lucius Gore

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