A weekend full of fun turns into a night full of blood.

Pete Davidson & Company murdered

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This is the modern look of the new 20-something horror movie “Bodies Bodies Bodies”. Serial killers are certainly scary, but not as much as being in your twenties today. Or, hell, just being around people in their twenties.

A friend suggested to me after watching the trailer for A24 that they’re older on “Scream,” starring Pete Davidson and Maria Bakalova.

But I assure you: we were not too old to laugh at millennial idiots and the soldier.

In director Helena Raine’s taut, nightclub-like thriller, six rambunctious friends meet at David (Davidson)’s beautiful, remote giant home for a slumber party to celebrate a hurricane. As one does.

Adding to a necessary complication for this 2022 film Slaughtered Youth is no cellular service at home and the WiFi password is too long.

A weekend full of fun turns into a night full of blood.
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Sober Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) brings her mysterious, sweet-speaking Slavic friend of six weeks, Bee (Bakalova), and meets Jordan (Myha’la Herrold), Emma (Chase Sui Wonders), podcaster Alice (Rachel Synnott) and her new, older hippie boyfriend Greg. (Lee Pace).

Tequila shots are dropped, Coke lines are sniffed and dance parties begin. And then as night fell, the group decided to play Bodies Bodies, a game of mystery and murder mystery. Things get ugly quickly.

David tears up Sophie, his best friend, for abandoning the group chat. Alice defends Greg, declaring “It’s a Libra moon—that says a lot!” Emma insists she’s an “ally,” and people grumble that they’ve been provoked. Another person shouts accusations of ability. Positively mouth-watering spelling.

Lee Pace, left, and Pete Davidson have been arrested in a murder mystery
Lee Pace, left, and Pete Davidson are caught up in a murder mystery in “Bodies Bodies.”
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Amandla Stenberg and Maria Bakalova are in a completely new relationship in the horror movie.
Amandla Stenberg, left, and Maria Bakalova are in a new relationship in the horror movie.
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Then, during a tour, a person walks out into the sunroom to discover a friend grabbed the slit in his bloody throat and fell to the ground dead. Who did it? Who is the killer in their midst?

The responsibility aspect is much less important than the delight that comes from watching silly characters go around, and the prevailing question “How many 25-year-olds are there to solve a murder?” Turns out the answer is a punch sentence.

Davidson plays, as usual, a fun, satirical version of himself who points out that his clique is crazy even though he himself is also an idiot.

Playing low-key Bee was also a smart move for Bacalova, who first caught the world’s attention as Borat’s unruly and crazy daughter in Sacha Baron Cohen’s satirical sequel. The then-unidentified actress earned a Golden Globe nod. Here, she is subtle and adaptable to a glimpse of darkness, proving that there’s more she can do than fool Southerners.

And Herold acts with a constant cold force that makes us wonder if Jordan is evil or horrible.

Rachel Sinnott makes a splash
Rachel Sinnott makes a splash in “Body Bodies Bodies”.
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But “Bodies Bodies” is stolen by an extraordinarily talented Sennott as Alice. The 26-year-old actress was equally adorable in the adorable and adorable 2020 comedy “Shiva Baby”, but here she is allowed to fully let loose. She creates such an obnoxious, familiar, and wickedly funny character that it’s almost therapeutic to see this type of youth subtly mocking them.

And while the comedy genre has lately gotten a bit more groovy, Cenote still has the old-school skill of showcasing funny character and punchy lines. You must be a big star.

“Bodies,” it was said, are minor. The film passes lightning fast (better than the alternative) and culminates in the suspension more ferocious than the bombshell. It’s never quite as scary as “witch” or “hereditary” from the A24, but that’s not the point.

Written by Sarah Delap and Christine Robinian, Reijn has made a young basement horror film for the day. And as the reboot of Scream has shown us for at least a year, it’s the kind of game that stuck around for a really long time back in 1996.

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