Body is a new Hitchcockian style thriller written, directed and produced by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. The film takes place during Christmas eve when Holly (Helen Rogers), Cali (Alexandra Turshen), and Mel (Lauren Molina) decide that their Christmas partying just ain’t enough, so they decide to break into a nearby mansion to party. Cali has convinced the other two that the mansion is owned by her uncle, and that he is always gone for the festive season, and he has no problem with them partying and living-it-up at his expense
It soon becomes apparent that the mansion is not owned by a relative – the house is full of pictures of an Asian family, this shocks the other 2 but they really don’t seem to mind a bit of breaking and entering so they continue to party.
After consuming their weight in alcohol, dancing, and playing video games, they seem to have forgotten that they’ve already committed a crime. They attract the attention of the groundskeeper , Arthur (Played by Glass Eye Pix founder and veteran horror actor Larry Fassenden) who arrives on the premises to find out who has broken into the house.
The girls realise this a moment too late and find themselves in a struggle with him at the top of the stairs as they are trying yo make their escape. During the struggle, Holly shoves Arthur and he falls down the stairs, which results in him breaking his neck.
This fall immediately changes the girls, they make the wrong choice and burst into what they think is survival mode. They have to figure out what is the best, and most believable story they could feed the authorities to avoid doing any sort of jail time.
This is when the film starts to get going – the 3 party-loving girls we just met at the start of the film have now changed into different people. They have become desperate and need to come up with a story.
The story they do come up with seems really clever, they can get away with this if everything goes to plan. They are gonna pin the blame on Arthur, and they go to pretty extreme lengths to make it look believable, but things don’t go so smoothly. As the plot starts to unfold, we don’t know who to trust as each character becomes unpredictable in their own desperation.
This is another fine example of great low-budget independent cinema. Body is fuelled by a clever script – the fire behind the film comes from the individual performances of each actor, who all done a fine, terrifying job.
The entirety of the film plays out almost in one location, which obviously helped with any budgetary issues, and gave Berk and Olsen the chance to shine behind the camera and get the best possible performance from the cast.
Body has so much more to offer than what I have just written. I have kept the plot details to a bare minimum so you can enjoy this little gem of a movie the way it should be enjoyed. The film is full of twists and turns that I honestly didn’t see coming. Body will keep you guessing right up until the final credits roll.