This Day in Horror History: JENNIFER’S BODY Was Released in 2009
On this day in horror history, Karyn Kusama’s horror-comedy Jennifer’s Body with Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried opened in 2009. Written by Diablo Cody (Juno), the title is a reference to the song by Hole on their album Live Through This.
Cody said she wanted the film to speak to female empowerment and explore the complex relationships between best friends. It begins when a demon takes possession of high-school hottie Jennifer she turns a hungry eye on guys who never stood a chance with her before. While evil Jennifer satisfies her appetite for human flesh with the school’s male population, her nerdy friend, Needy, learns what’s happening and vows to put an end to the carnage.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and had a lackluster performance at the box office, snagging $6.8M opening weekend. While it received mixed reviews, it has been appreciated as a feminist horror film and a cult classic.
Rated R for sexuality, bloody violence, language, and brief drug use, the film sports a 45% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: Jennifer’s Body features occasionally clever dialogue, but its horror/comedy premise ultimately fails to be consistently funny or scary enough to satisfy.