From the mind of Diablo Cody comes Jennifer's Body, described by director Karyn Kusama as a fairy tale gone psycho. The two ladies showed us approximately the first fifteen minutes last night, at a press conference here in San Diego. They were joined by producer Jason Reitman and their sultry star Megan Fox. It looks like the team have produced a funny, creepy film where a teen sexpot (Fox, natch) literally becomes a maneater. What we beheld was dark as night and funny as hell, detailing exactly how Jennifer begins her killing spree. After the screening, we heard the filmmakers and star chat about their experience making it. Hit the jump to learn what they had to say.
On whether she was excited to play Jennifer:
Fox: Well, what I loved about the movie is that it's so unapologetic, about how completely inappropriate it is all the time. And that was my favorite part about the script and about the character. It's fun to be able to say the shit she says and get away, and people find it charming.
On the challenges of creating a new horror mythology:
Kusama: For me I was simultaneously trying to pay tribute to the conventions of the horror genre and at the same time trying to turn them on their ear. It's truly kind of a post-modern thriller in that on one hand I grew up watching these 80s genre movies like The Lost Boys and this and that, and I wanted to honor that, and at the same time, I'd never really seen this particular sub-genre done with girls, so I wanted to do that.
On whether or not this is The Lost Girls:
Kusama: Often times the last survivor standing at the end of a horror movie is a woman. Like Jacob's Ladder, or any of the great horror movie heroines. So I think horror has always had a feminist angle to it, in a weird way. At the same time it was kind of delightfully exploitative. It's one of my favorite things about doing a horror movie that we got to do a little of both.
Cody: Also a lot of horror is about femaleness, whether it's Carrie or Rosemary's Baby. I think there's a lot of fear of the female, or a kind of celebration of it in a weird way. And something about this movie managed to take the fear and the sense that it's the female that ultimately survives and sort of marry that in a really interesting way.
On how much humor is in the film:
Cody: Well the funny thing is when I first set out to write this I wanted to do the very dark, very brutal traditional black movie and then I realized about a third of the way into the process that I was incapable of doing that. The funny kept kind of sneaking in. I have a macabre sense of humor. A lot of things that are scary in the movie are funny to me.
On the difference between Transformers and this movie:
Fox: There's no distractions, there's no robots to distract you from whatever performance I do give. So if it's terrible you're gonna know it's really fucking terrible. That of course is intimidating, but the character was so much fun for me. I wasn't really sure what I was doing, I was just trying to have fun with it, and I sort of felt like I was able to make fun of my own image, how some people might perceive Megan Fox to be. I was just sort of flying freely and I hope some of it works.
On whether or not it's sexy:
Fox: You better put on your fucking sexy shoes for this one. There's a relationship that happens between my character and Amanda [Seyfried]'s character that is, according to where you grew up, a kind of common relationship, or not. There's a lesbian angle, there's a girl-on-girl kiss. I feel like it's an homage to that but also we poke fun at how common that is in a horror movie. Also, before every kill there's a seduction that happens. So these boys have to be seduced into getting close enough to this dead girl for her to devour them. I think I'm pretty sexy in it. It's pretty sexy.