A boring Christmas evening of too much food and a little marijuana ends up in a series of unfortunate and gruesome events for a group of girls looking to inject a little fun into their otherwise stagnant evening in psychological thriller, ‘Body’.

Co-written and co-directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, the film takes the rare and welcome approach of placing twenty-something females in the role of accidental trouble-makers who must make morally-clouded decisions under stress. A true test of judgement and friendship has their evening go from boring to reckless to downright brutal in this 75 minute thriller.

Home for Christmas, three long-time friends are hanging out together drinking wine, playing Scrabble, smoking pot, and teasing each other about boys and the over consumption of Christmas treats. After a “dark” opening featuring a frantic 911 call, the film rewinds to as we get to know the mismatch personalities of Holly (Helen Rogers), Cali (Alexandra Turshen), and Mel (Lauren Molina). Holly is the Cute, goody-two shoes who is always texting her boyfriend, Mel is the tomboy stoner and Cali has the air of frenemy – these two girls are her mates but she’d double-cross them or bitch about them behind their back in a heartbeat.

First thing I thought was, these girls would never be friends in real life and secondly, it was clear Cali would be the catalyst in their downfall.

Seeking a chance to cut loose and enjoy their quality time, they head over to a mansion supposedly belonging to an uncle of Cali. Booze, video games, laughing and dancing seem innocent enough until Arthur the groundskeeper (Larry Fessenden) enters the house and confronts them and Cali is forced to admit to the girls she hasn’t exactly told the whole truth about how she knows the house. What you’re expecting after that set up, doesn’t happen. No this isn’t a typical girls gone wild then meet their maker in the form of an axe-wielding crazed maniac yet one survives. Instead, there’s a tragic turn of events and the girls pick and mix personalities begin to clash and unravel as they negotiate their next steps. Body is a watchable and vaguely gripping affair but ultimately it screams forgettable and straight to DVD. With no real sense of fear or dread and only a little in the way of bloody disarray you won’t be looking to Body for fired up frights. Instead, it will have you questioning the ideas surrounding the value of life, the difference between murder and accident and how far you would go to save your own back – which is perfectly adequate for a thriller but somehow just ends up lacklustre in the case of ‘Body’.

I was pleasantly surprised to see three female protagonists not playing the victim for once but unfortunately their two dimensional personalities based on typical tropes of women: The Saint, The inbetweener and the downright bitch meant that I didn’t have much affiliation with any of them and therefore I wasn’t that fussed about their fate.

Frightfest London review: Body
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Emily Stockham

Emily is from South London and has a degree in English Literature. Emily is a marketing assistant who writes about films and music in her spare time. Horror and grindhouse are her thing - although she will happily watch anything if it means a trip to the cinema.