JENNIFER’S BODY
2009, 20th Century Fox, 102 min, Dir: Karyn Kusama

Writer Diablo Cody and director Karyn Kusama collaborated on what might be the most incredible high school horror film ever made. Anita "Needy" Lesnicki (Amanda Seyfried) is a withdrawn high schooler whose best friend Jennifer (Megan Fox) is a popular cheerleader. Despite having nothing in common, the two have been friends forever and continue to hang out despite objections from all levels of the school social hierarchy. The two head out one night to a dive bar to catch an indie rock show, but when the gig goes tragically wrong, Jennifer leaves with the band. Later that night, Jennifer reappears in Needy’s kitchen covered in blood and hungry with more than just the munchies. Needy suspects there might be something wrong with her friend beyond raging teenage hormones, but who is going to believe the word of a nerd over one of the most popular girls at school? And just what is wrong with Jennifer’s body?


DESTROYER
2018, Annapurna Pictures, 123 min, Dir: Karyn Kusama

This gripping crime drama follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman), who as a rookie had been placed undercover with a gang in the California desert, with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, Bell must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past. “It’s a blunt, deeply cynical look at the idea of justice in a place like Los Angeles. … Daring, yes. But Kusama has something far more important: vision (not to mention a formidable accomplice in Kidman).” - Peter Debruge, Variety.


THE INVITATION
2015, Drafthouse Films, 98 min, USA, Dir: Karyn Kusama

Set high up in the Hollywood Hills, THE INVITATION turns a familiar reunion scenario into a supremely terrifying thriller that is as sophisticated, thoughtful and disturbing as anything you’ll see in a long time. Will (Logan Marshall-Green) returns to his former home to attend a dinner party mysteriously arranged by his ex-wife, Eden (Tammy Blanchard), and her new husband, David (Michiel Huisman). As he reconnects with old friends, Will succumbs to an overwhelming paranoia that something is desperately wrong and that he is surrounded by dark forces. “A perfectly pitched exercise in psychological dread.” - Justin Chang, Variety.


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