Sure, in reality the holiday season is indeed over, but in the world of horror movies it can be Xmas time all year round. Right now we have a look at the latest film to provide some yuletide terror, Body.
The flick will be playing at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival (January 23-29). Even cooler, Utah’s other big dance will be celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, will include 13 world premieres, two North American premieres, and three U.S. premieres including this one.
Dan Berk and Robert Olsen wrote and directed Body. Helen Rogers, Alexandra Turshen, Lauren Molina, and Larry Fessenden star.
Best friends Holly, Cali, and Mel are home for the holidays. It’s a couple nights before Christmas, and the three girls are bored out of their minds, sitting at Mel’s parents’ house. As she is wont to do, Cali suggests they go out and have some fun. Her uncle owns a mansion one town over and happens to be out of town for the holiday. Better yet, he’s given her permission to party there. Despite Holly’s reservations, the girls head out.
It’s only after hours of partying and taking advantage of the home’s many amenities that the girls discover Cali has lied to them. This is not her uncle’s house. It belongs to a family that Cali used to babysit for. And it becomes quite clear that permission was certainly never granted to party there. Holly and Mel, infuriated with Cali, immediately head for the door. Unfortunately, before they can leave, the groundskeeper of the estate arrives. The girls attempt to flee but wind up running into him on their way out. An altercation follows, and in a freak accident the girls push him down the stairs. He falls awkwardly, breaking his neck and ultimately dying.
For the remainder of the film we watch the girls slowly unravel as they decide what to do about the dead body in the living room. But covering their tracks might mean adding to the body count…