Bodies, Bodies, Bodies (2022)

Hideous Sun Demon

I am not the intended target audience for this. That seems to be the kind of young folks that go to slasher films and that also like folded narrative and explicit twists at the end. But I am an engaged viewer in any film that experiments with a self-referential layer, even if that layer is simply social commentary.

Such a goal can be interesting. Usually, I see it in films that have both salacious visual content on a narrative that exposes the damage of sexualising women. The tension this evokes will likely not fade in my lifetime. Here it is something both more subtle and closer to home for kids: the language that defines identity.

This is all about spoken language and human bonds, pulling the rug out from essentially all the things that bind us. This is not “Lord of the Flies” territory, where an oppressive social convention emerges. No structure emerges here whatever, everything collapses.

My only criticism is that while the tension is there: you use the genre to suck in your demographic and then expose everything they value as empty, there is no explicit connection between the two as there is in the similar case of sex — that makes us leave the theatre feeling ashamed enough to change. Nothing here, and I assume most young viewers will simply move on, thinking this is about rich kids.

Posted in 2022

Ted’s Evaluation — 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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