Starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried, this horror-comedy written by Oscar winning Diablo Cody has received very mixed reviews. Set in the small town of Devil’s Kettle, the two girls play lifelong best friends, Jennifer Check (Fox) and Needy (Seyfried).
The film is told as a flashback by Needy, who we first see in a psychiatric hospital room full of photos, letters and teddy bears. “Hell is a teenage girl.”
The two girls are complete opposites. Jennifer is the pretty, popular cheerleader, and Needy, the nerdy, average teenage girl. They have made these differences obvious by the way they have dressed the characters. Jennifer is often wearing tops that are a little too short on her whilst Needy has glasses, her hair pulled back and wears checked shirts. We see from the start that Jennifer is the dominant friend and clearly has power over what her and Needy do. Everything starts to change when the girls attend a ‘Low Shoulder’ gig at a small bar in the town. After a series of events the bar burns down, Jennifer is infatuated by the lead singer (Adam Brody) and leaves with the band. Later on, a blood covered Jennifer shows up at Needy’s house and vomits up this weird black stuff… and then leaves. Over the next few months, there are numerous killings of boys from school. Turns out, Jennifer is now a succubus – a female demon who needs to draw energy from others in order to sustain their own beauty and health… i.e. by eating others.
There are a few jumpy moments in the film, but it’s not really scary enough to be classified as a horror. The comedy is stereotypical, the same dialect used in the film ‘Juno’, which I find funny.
We watch Needy get more and more insane throughout the film as she discovers more about her homicidal best friend and not even her boyfriend will believe her. The two ‘BFFs’ have a strange psychic bond that allows Needy to see and sometimes feel what Jennifer is doing. This bond is never really explained, nor put to use by Needy.
Personally, I enjoyed the film, and being female, I wasn’t just watching to see the lesbian scene between Fox and Seyfried. It’s not the best film I’ve ever seen, but it’s also not the worst.