Jennifer’s Body is a horror movie made for women by a couple of prominent women in film: Oscar winner and screenwriter Diablo Cody and director of Girlfight Karyn Kusama.

Jennifer (Megan Fox) and Anita “Needy” (Amanda Seyfried) have been best friends since the sandbox and still are, even though Jennifer is a hot cheerleader and Needy is just a plain Jane that cheers from the sidelines. They live in a small town called Devil’s Kettle, named after a waterfall that ends in a bottomless drain. One night Jennifer is pulled into a mysterious van with a Satan-worshipping band and she emerges bloody and possessed. Needy knows something is different but cannot figure out how to help or stop Jennifer who is feeding on her classmates and consistently showing up covered in blood.

There is nothing groundbreaking about the movie but it is a lot of fun to watch. It includes noticeable homages to Carrie, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Heathers, both visually and through the plot. Cody’s dialogue is predictably smart and filled with pop culture references and trendy teen lingo, such as “freak-tarded,” occasionally reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Unfortunately, although the references to Hannah Montana are entertaining they will date the film for future generations. Fox and Seyfried do an excellent job delivering Cody’s carefully chosen and amusing words; the boys on the other hand have much less to say but they still say it well.

Adam Brody portrays the lead singer of the evil band, looking striking as the rocker from the city that wears eyeliner and charms Jennifer. Johnny Simmons plays Chip, Needy’s sweet and attentive boyfriend. Kyle Gallner, who’s slowly becoming a horror veteran after The Haunting in Connecticut, has a small role as a goth kid that falls victim to Jennifer’s deadly seduction.

The soundtrack is current and a good compilation of some rising and established bands, including the Silversun Pickups and Cobra Starship. The film looks good with effective CGI and blood effects. In addition, the lighting (or often lack thereof) creates an atmosphere that lends itself to the dark comedy that permeates throughout the film. The other element contributing to the look of the film is Fox’s stunning physique, which is displayed in numerous angles with and without clothes. The actress has an innate ability to look at anyone and convey absolute desire.

At the midnight screening for the film at 2009’s Toronto International Film Festival, Cody declared, “If I’ve made any contribution to cinema at all, that was it,” referring to including the always excluded line in on-screen sexual experiences: “Put it in.”

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