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Anita "Needy" Lesnicki: You're killing people!
Jennifer Check: No, I'm killing boys.
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Jennifer's Body is a 2009 Comedy Horror film directed by Karyn Kusama, written by Diablo Cody (Juno), and starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried.

Jennifer (Megan Fox) is a high school cheerleader who goes to a rock concert, where the band tries to sacrifice her to Satan in order to get a record deal. It works, but Jennifer gets possessed by a demon in the process, causing her to start seducing, killing, and eating the boys in her school. Upon finding out, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), Jennifer's Hollywood Homely Best Friend since childhood, sets out to stop her from wiping out the student body.

The name of the film is taken from the song "Jennifer's Body" by Hole. Oddly, the song does not appear in the film, although another track from the same album does.


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This film has examples of the following tropes:

  • Adrenaline Makeover: Needy gearing up to take down Jennifer once and for all.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Imagine being in the shoes of Jennifer's mother. You come into your daughter's bedroom, not suspecting a thing is wrong, only to find that she's been (or so it seems) murdered by her best friend.
    • Jonas and Colin's parents have to deal with the fact that their sons were brutally murdered and eaten.
    • Imagine also being Ahmet's parents. Your son goes on an exchange trip to a foreign country, only to presumably die in an out-of-control fire... except he's actually been eaten alive.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Jennifer's a cheerleader, and almost every guy in the school wants to bang her. She uses this to her advantage after being possessed.
  • Alpha Bitch: Jennifer was like this even before she turned into a demon. Needy just seems to be somewhat safe from her more overt jerkass tendencies. Jennifer's Alpha Bitch nature slowly begins rearing its head towards Needy when she notices how close friends Needy was with Colin and later how in love Needy and Chip were, and decides to eat first Colin and then later Chip just because she wanted to take what Needy had.
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  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Needy and Jennifer's fathers just never appear, nor is there mention of them.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • Anita "Needy" Lesnicki has a boyfriend, whom she cares about very deeply. She also makes out with Jennifer, and seems to be really into it before she breaks it off. Jennifer herself has been intimate with lots of boys, but she also passionately makes out with Needy.
    Needy: I thought you only killed boys!
    Jennifer: I can go both ways.
    • Jennifer's sexuality has been deconstructed by the actor. Megan Fox says that she portrayed Jennifer as a deeply closeted lesbian.
  • And I Must Scream: The fact that Jennifer is possessed shows she may not be in complete control of her actions and by doing the ritual on her, Low Shoulder is pretty much responsible for her death.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Chip's little sister Camille.
    Camille: "You're penis cheese!"
  • Antagonist Title: Jennifer becomes the main antagonist after her possession. Needy is The Protagonist.
  • Armor-Piercing Question / Armor Piercing Responce: Needy delivers a few to Jennifer as she confronts her for eating her boyfriend Chip.
  • Arc Words: When Needy and Chip spend the night together, she hallucinates seeing blood drip through the ceiling and Jennifer murdering someone and utters "hopeless...". Later, you can see the words "hopeless" spray painted on the walls of the abandoned poolhouse where Jennifer attempts to devour Chip.
  • Asshole Victim: Low Shoulder really had it coming.
  • Badass Boast: "I am going to eat your soul and shit it out, Lesnicki!!"
  • Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: The earliest trailers showed Jennifer and Needy in intimate situations and despite their making out in the movie, both are only seen and mentioned as being with boys. However, there is enough tension between them in the movie for someone to reasonably assume that the two girls were bisexual. The argument could even be made for Jennifer being a closeted lesbian, since all of her male interests were either the result of jockeying for social position, or trying to keep Needy for herself. In fact, after a scene of Needy gazing a little too blissfully at Jennifer, another girl says to her point blank: "You are totally LesbiGay." Megan Fox even says she played Jennifer as a very closeted lesbian. Needy also may be at least bisexual, since she's very into kissing Jennifer. Still, this bit only makes up a small part of the film, and it goes no further.
  • Big "NO!": Needy lets out several after Chip's death.
  • Black Comedy:
    • Jennifer asking Needy for a tampon, to plug her gaping stomach wound.
    • Jonas' grief-stricken father loudly declaring that he's going to find his son's killer, chop off his balls, and use them as a door knocker.
    • When Needy and Chip are having sex for the first time, the former starts sensing Jennifer's murder of Colin and freaks out appropriately. Chip, on the other hand, mistakes her terrified gasps for pleasurable ones and looks extremely pleased with himself.
    • Jennifer's reaction when Needy stabs her through the heart? "My tit!" Talk about Skewed Priorities...
  • Black Dude Dies First: While not the first death shown on-screen, Jennifer's first victim is Ahmet, the Indian exchange student.
  • Body Horror: As a horror movie involving a girl shifting into a demon would require. See Nightmare Face for more details.
  • Bound and Gagged: In the flashback, Jennifer is bounded with a scarf tied around her mouth and ropes binding her arms at the virgin sacrifice by Low Shoulder so she couldn't escape or scream for help.
  • Brainy Brunette and Dumb Blonde: Inverted. The brunette Jennifer is an airheaded Alpha Bitch (though it's implied that she's just playing dumb), while the blonde Needy is a Hollywood Nerd.
  • Breast Attack: "My tit!" Justified, seeing as Needy has to stab through Jennifer's breast to get to her heart.
  • Bury Your Gays: The bisexual villain protagonist Jennifer gets killed by Needy (while Needy's Ambiguously Bi and lives-she's also the heroine).
  • The Cameo: Lance Henriksen plays the man who picks Needy up near the end in his car.
  • Cassandra Truth: Chip initially doesn't believe Needy's seemingly outrageous claims about Jennifer, not that you can blame him. Also, Needy is the only one who knows that Low Shoulder aren't the heroes everyone else thinks they are; no-one else believes her when she states otherwise, presumably because that's part of Low Shoulder's Deal with the Devil, or they'd just garnered a good reputation by (allegedly) saving people from the fire.
  • Catholic School Girls Rule: See the poster.
  • Cessation of Existence: Colin's mother says he's just a corpse now, not in some better place like his emo friends say (at his funeral, no less).
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The BFF necklace that Jennifer wears.
    • The whirlpool beneath the falls. In Act I, Needy says that no one knows where it empties out at. In Act III, she finds out, finding Chekhov's Gun number 3:
    • The knife that Jennifer was sacrificed with.
  • Coming and Going: Chip and Needy having sex for the first time, juxtaposed with Jennifer killing and eating Colin.
  • Consuming Passion: The whole movie runs on this. There are sexual undertones to Jennifer eating boys. And Jennifer's answer to Needy's question is often a statement used when saying someone is bisexual.
    Needy: I thought you only killed boys.
    Jennifer: I go both ways.
  • Contagious Powers: Being bitten by a demon and surviving gives you some of its power.
  • Creepy Stalker Van: Satan-worshipping Emo band Low Shoulder grabs Jennifer and takes her away in their van, providing the current page quote for the trope.
    Needy: They took her in their spooky van with the windows all blacked out.
    Chip: Did you get the model?
    Needy: I don't know, Chip! An '89 Rapist?
  • Cursed with Awesome: Jennifer believes that her possession is essentially this (in a deleted scene, she is openly amused when Needy speculates about a possible cure for Jennifer's curse). Needy herself becomes Cursed with Awesome at the end of the movie.
  • Date Rape: What Needy fears happened to Jennifer the night she left with the band in their van. Actually something much worst took place.
  • Deal with the Devil: Low Shoulder tries to do this in order to become successful.
  • Death by Sex: Played so straight it's likely a parody of this trope — Jennifer uses the promise of sex to lure boys into places where she can eat them.
  • Demonic Possession: Jennifer, after being sacrificed by a band. Interestingly, the demon doesn't seem to take over her entire personality, but amplifies her Jerkass tendencies Up to Eleven. She also suffers from a nasty Horror Hunger, and gains supernatural powers such as increased strength and healing, levitation, and teleportation.
  • Depraved Bisexual
    Needy: I thought you only killed boys?
    Jennifer: I go both ways.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?
    Jennifer: It smells like Thai food in here. Have you guys been fucking?
  • Disappeared Dad: Neither Needy or Jennifer's appear. In the first case, it's pretty clear he isn't around (although why isn't said), but Jennifer's simply may be offscreen, as we don't see much of her house. Only their mothers appear in any case (Jennifer's only briefly).
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Jennifer's abduction by Low Shoulder has some extremely rape-y overtones. They take advantage of her shock at the bar burning down to ply her with drink, bundle her into their van, and drive off with her into the woods. During the journey, a terrified Jennifer even outright asks if they're rapists, and doesn't get a straight response.
  • Downer Ending: Some of the main cast are killed (Jennifer and Chip), and Needy gets put in a prison psych ward. On the plus side, Karma Houdini was averted since Needy gained some of Jennifer's powers (Super Strength and levitation, at the least) and proceeded to escape and murder all of Low Shoulder.
  • Dramatic Necklace Removal: Needy does this to Jennifer.
  • Emo Teen: Colin is a pretty classic example, with short spiky dyed black hair, eye shadow and piercings. He also dresses in mostly black or dark colors. He's mentioned as having a fixation about death and similar dark subjects. Meanwhile, his friends display the stereotypes even more heavily. Colin's even called emo.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Dirk from Low Shoulder is against the idea of sacrificing Jennifer to Satan. Nikolai from the band then asks him if he wants to work the rest of his life in a coffee shop and be a big loser or "to be rich and awesome like that guy from Maroon 5". Dirk chooses the latter option. He's still not exactly happy with it, though, and can be seen looking away as Nikolai stabs Jennifer.
  • Evil Tastes Good: Jennifer describes the post-feeding "buzz" like this:
    Jennifer: "I feel scrumptious! You know when you kiss a boy for the first time and it feels like your entire body is on vibrate?"
    Needy: "Yeah."
    Jennifer: "It's that good."
  • Extreme Doormat: Needy to Jennifer, at the beginning.
  • Fake Band: Low Shoulder, who use Satanism and targeting underage girls for virginal sacrifice to achieve their fame.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • Yes, it is Megan Fox, but it is somewhat difficult to find Jennifer sexy when she's covered in blood, has a mouthful of sharp piranha teeth, and is acting creepy as hell. Not to mention the way her cheeks split open when she feeds.
    • Chip and Needy's sex scene starts off erotic but then turns nightmarish and awkward very quickly as Needy begins hallucinating blood dripping down the walls, Colin's death, Jonas' corpse and a demonic-looking Jennifer watching her and Chip mistaking her gasps of panic for pleasure.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Low Shoulder might be considered this, especially the lead singer Nikolai. He chats to Jennifer in an almost friendly manner and jokes around as he's preparing to sacrifice her to Satan.
  • Finger-Suck Healing: In a flashback, Needy did this for Jennifer when they were children. It is implied that this is why Needy is able to sense when Jennifer is about to kill someone.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • At the very beginning, Needy kicks an orderly at the prison psych ward with such force that she ends up flying across the table and even knocks out one of her teeth. It later turns out that she gained some of Jennifer's demonic powers, such as Super Strength.
    • When the teacher is mentioning the victims of the Melody Lane fire, Jennifer giggles after he says the name of Ahmet, the Indian exchange student. As it turns out, Ahmet was Jennifer's first victim.
  • Friend Versus Lover: Needy is torn between her devotion to both her loving boyfriend Chip and her toxic best friend Jennifer.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Needy confronts Jennifer at the end, she's armed with a sharp utility knife. A knife for, in Needy's words, "cutting boxes". "Box" is also a euphemism for "vagina" — as is another certain insult. Needy is basically calling Jennifer a cunt.
  • Giggling Villain: Jennifer indulges in some very creepy giggling shortly after her possession.
  • Glasgow Grin: Jennifer's face when she feeds has shades of this. When she opens her mouth to eat Jonas, her cheeks visibly split open.
  • Godiva Hair: Jennifer, before she eats Jonas.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Low Shoulder's "virgin" sacrifice. It got them fame and fortune (and drugs and hos), but it also brought back a man-eating demon.
  • Gorn: Jonas' corpse is briefly shown, entrails hanging out for all to see. We later see Colin's messy corpse, but it isn't nearly as graphic as the state Jonas was left in.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: For most of the deaths, although we do get to see their messy remains afterwards.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Needy usually uses only euphemisms rather than actual expletives. When she swears for real, it's a sign she's very upset.
  • Goth: Colin, who wears eyeliner, dark nail polish, black and red colored clothes, band bracelets and a crucifix.
  • Great Big Library of Everything: Parodied when Needy discovers the truth about Jennifer's demonic possession from books found in the school library.
    Chip: We have an occult section in the library?
    Needy: Yeah. It's really small.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Jennifer may be the main antagonist, but it was the actions of Low Shoulder in favor of none other than Satan that turned her into a monster.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Needy is both very blonde and the most innocent character in the movie.
  • Happy Flashback: There are several flashbacks about Needy and Jennifer's childhood. These scenes have bright colors compared to the rest of the movie.
  • Healing Factor: Jennifer gains healing powers upon her possession. The healing is faster after she's recently fed — when she's weaker, the healing is slower.
  • Heart in the Wrong Place: Jennifer places Jonas's hand above her left breast and asks him to feel her heart.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard / Karmic Death: Needy murders all of the members of Low Shoulder using the same knife they sacrificed Jennifer with. To further add insult to injury, she leaves the knife embedded in Nikolai's chest.
  • Hollywood Hype Machine: From the marketing, to even the movie poster at the top of the page, this movie was pretty much an attempt to cash in on Megan Fox's status as an "It Girl." It backfired.
  • Hollywood Satanism: Low Shoulder are this trope with their Satanic Bibles and that they end up kidnapping and murdering Jennifer, and that they themselves are an indie/rock band (so not the heavy metal usually associated with this trope) indicate that the trope is deliberately invoked.
  • Honey Trap: Jennifer, once possessed, uses her sex appeal to seduce many boys so they'll go off with her somewhere secluded, then eats them alive.
  • Horny Devils: Jennifer gets possessed by a succubus, who's influence amplifies her jerkass tendencies along with causing her to feed on men literally once she's seduced them.
  • Horror Hunger: For everyone else involved, Jennifer seems to have no qualms about her new diet whatsoever.
  • How We Got Here: The film starts with Needy in a prison psych ward, and most of the film consists of her showing us how she got to that point.
  • Idealized Sex: Averted. Needy and Chip's first time having sex, while enjoyable (at first) and romantic, is appropriately awkward and low key, and it also gets cut short before either can "finish" due to Needy becoming obviously distressed and scared, because of her having a vision of Jennifer killing Colin. They also mention getting condoms earlier.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Devil's Kettle.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Jennifer uses this to get drinks, despite being underage. She explicitly calls Needy's tits "smart bombs" for their destructive power.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Jennifer butchers and devours her victims.
  • Impact Silhouette: When Needy escapes the prison psych ward at the end, she walks straight through the wire fence, leaving a large hole in her wake.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Chip impales Jennifer with a large pole just before he dies. It doesn't kill her, but he deserves points for trying.
  • Imperfect Ritual: Another "sacrifice is not a virgin" example: the rockers sacrifice Jennifer thinking she's a virgin, but since she's not, a succubus takes over her body.
  • Indecisive Parody: One common criticism of the movie is the fact that it flops back and forth between being intentionally silly and seeming to take itself seriously.
  • Intentionally Awkward Title: Just try saying "Jennifer's Body" in a casual conversation without adding the words "the movie" before it. See what happens.
  • Irony: Near the end of the film, a road sign warning about Low Shoulder is shown.
  • Jail Bait: Jennifer is this as she is in high school but uses her sexuality to get into bars, pay for drinks, seduce boys and lose her virginity to a cop. The fact that the same cop she teases in Melody Lane tells her "not here" since they are in public only adds to this.
  • Jerkass:
  • Jump Scare: Used a few times, most notably when Jennifer is suddenly standing right behind Needy shortly after her murder and possession, and then later in the same scene when she suddenly lets out a demonic roar. Also used when a bird frightens Colin when he is trying to find Jennifer in the partially-constructed house.
  • Kick the Dog: Jennifer loves doing this, particularly after her possession.
  • Levitating Lotus Position: Near the end, Needy's shown to have the levitation ability Jennifer had by floating up from the floor of her isolation cell to the window in lotus position, after which she escapes by kicking through it.
  • Literal Maneater: Jennifer. She seduces boys before eating them alive.
  • Love Triangle: Jennifer/Needy/Chip, invoked by Jennifer.
  • Mama Bear: Needy's mother invokes this.
    Ms. Lesnicki: I dreamed some bad people were trying to nail you to a tree with hammers and big stakes and shit. Just like J.C. But I didn't let 'em get to you, 'cause I'm a hard-assed, Ford-tough mama bear.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Jennifer is an example of the type that doesn't have some big, complicated plan. Even when she starts killing people, her transparent playing on Needy's insecurities is closer to simple Alpha Bitch bullying than towards any actual goal.
  • Manly Tears: Jonas, after his Best Friend dies in the fire.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The title.
    • You'd never guess what Needy's defining trait is.
    • The town too. Of course a demonic sacrifice would happen in a town called "Devil's Kettle".
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Well, according to Jennifer, they are. She decides to make an exception for Needy, though. Nice of her, wasn't it?
  • Mercy Kill: Jennifer was basically a walking dead person after getting possessed and so Needy killing her, while done out of revenge, pretty much put her out of her misery.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: After Needy breaks off having sex with Chip, she covers herself with the sheet.
  • Mood Whiplash: Intentionally invoked in the scene that jumps between Jennifer seducing, then devouring some poor schmuck and Needy and Chip's WAFFy sex.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Jennifer has lots of sharp little piranha-style teeth when feeding on people.
  • Motifs: A "cross" symbol shows up multiple times. There's one on the bottom of the isolation cell Needy is placed into, crossesnote  are drawn onto the hands of Melody Lane patrons, and, at the end, Needy slashes a cross shape into Jennifer's torso. This also extends to the dialogue ("Boo, cross out Needy").
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • The entire marketing campaign was built on Megan Fox's hotness. She's often shown baring her legs, revealing cleavage and otherwise just generally looking alluring.
    • Despite efforts to make her look less beautiful, Amanda Seyfried's attractive even so, and it really can't be hidden. Her form is often highlighted, plus she's got a sex scene (though it's not explicit).
    • They both get into the act with Jennifer and Needy making out in her bedroom.
  • Nerd Glasses: Needy wears them.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Not only did the trailer contained some great one-liners cut out of the actual movie, it also heavily played up the fanservice at the expense of the film's plot and themes. Karyn Kusama was not pleased.
  • Nice Guy: Chip and Colin. Needy was a Nice Girl before the events of the movie totally broke her.
  • Nightmare Face: Jennifer, when feeding. She gains sharp little piranha-like teeth, her mouth splits open extremely wide, Glasgow Grin style, and she gains Hellish Pupils.
  • Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: Chip invokes this when he says this about Jonas' mother: "She's staring out the window like a zombie mannequin robot statue."
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Used to great effect shortly before Needy discovers Jennifer in her house.
  • Obviously Evil: Nikolai, Low Shoulder's lead singer, is this in Needy's eyes.
    Needy: I watched her get into that van and I knew something awful was going to happen. He was skinny and twisted and evil like this petrified tree I saw when I was a kid.
  • Odd Friendship: Jennifer and Needy. They have nothing in common, but have been best friends since they were very small. Unfortunately, Jennifer is a pretty toxic friend even before she gets possessed.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: With a bit of creepy echoing whispers too.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Needy's first name is really Anita, but almost no one uses it.
  • Out-of-Character Alert:
    • While not the nicest person before her possession, Jennifer's callous disregard for the deaths that resulted from the Melody Lane fire absolutely shocks Needy and is another tip-off that something is horribly wrong with her friend.
    • Jennifer's also surprised when Needy uses the f word, since she normally never swears, showing just how upset Needy's gotten.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Colin tries to ask Jennifer out to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show - She tells him she doesn't like boxing movies.
  • Popular Is Dumb: Jennifer, who is clearly far ditzier than the less popular Needy.
  • Power Floats: Jennifer is revealed as able to levitate post-possession. Later we're shown that Needy also can. This provides the page quote, too.
  • The Power of Friendship: Jennifer loses her ability to levitate when Needy rips off her BFF necklace.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: At first, Jennifer only feeds when she absolutely has to, going at least a month in-between killing Jonas and Colin. However, she eventually starts killing simply for the hell of it...
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Kind of, since it's not said to the victim (but precedes the credits in which the act is shown).
    Passing Motorist: So, why are you headed east?
    Needy: I'm following this rock band.
    Driver: Must be one hell of a group.
    Needy: Tonight's gonna be their last show.
  • Psychic Link: It is strongly implied that Jennifer and Needy have one, following an incident when they were children in which Needy sucked the blood from a puncture on Jennifer's hand.
  • Raised Catholic: Needy appears to be nominally Catholic, since her mom crosses herself after talking about Jesus' crucifixion, and later she calls on God along with a couple saints while fighting Jennifer.
  • Reality Ensues: Of course you'd end up arrested and placed in a psych ward if you murdered your best friend and claimed that she was possessed by a demon. Poor Needy.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: The Devil's Kettle is a real waterfall. Half the river really does disappear into the ground. Scientists have no idea where it comes back out. The town in the movie doesn't exist, however.
  • Really Gets Around: It's mentioned that Jennifer's very promiscuous, and lost her virginity in Junior High. This makes it all the more ironic that she's used in a virgin sacrifice.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After years of Jennifer being a toxic friend to her, it takes Needy seeing Jennifer devouring her boyfriend Chip for her to fight back and finally call her out on her BS during their fight at the pool scene.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After discovering that she has gained some of the demon's powers, Needy uses them to escape the prison psych ward, so she can track down and murder all of Low Shoulder.
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: Low Shoulder, the indie band that tries to sacrifice Jennifer in order to get a record deal.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Jennifer and Needy, although the trope is deconstructed.
    Needy: Sandbox love never dies.
  • Rule of Pool: Just before Jennifer eats Chip, Needy's boyfriend, she tosses him into a pool while he is wearing formal wear. She then proceeds to jump in after him. Followed soon by Needy.
  • Running Gag: One character constantly refers to Devil's Kettle as "Devil's Lake".
  • Scenery Porn: The scene where Jennifer is swimming naked in a lake. The first shot of the scene is actually a wide-angle overhead shot with Jennifer's body only a tiny speck — she's actually quite easy to miss, so for that shot at least the lake is the emphasis.
  • Self-Harm: Jennifer burns her own tongue with a cigarette lighter, and slashes herself in front of Needy when she decides to share her 'secret' with her
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Low Shoulder is living this lifestyle when we see them on tour at the end of the movie.
  • Sex Equals Death: Played with, then played straight. Jennifer is actually saved by sex...into a Fate Worse than Death (as a cannibalistic zombie/corpse). However, Colin and Jonas fall for this because he's ripped apart over the chance to have sex with Jennifer.
  • Sex Sells: Just watch the film's ad campaign. Heck, the film's title is named after it.
  • Sexy Surfacing Shot: Jennifer climbing out of the lake nude after she goes Skinny Dipping, shot from behind using Toplessness from the Back.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: When Jennifer kills Colin.
  • Shoulders-Up Nudity
    • When Jennifer takes off her shirt to seduce Jonas, the camera doesn't pan below her shoulders, except for a brief Godiva Hair shot.
    • When Jennifer gets out of the lake and walks up to her clothes naked, the camera either stays above her collarbone or focuses on her bare feet and legs.
    • Similarly, when Needy is having sex with Chip, the camera stays above her breasts in the moments when she's not covered by him or something else.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": Heard when Jennifer brutally snaps Colin's arm before she kills him.
  • Silly Prayer: Needy gives a surprisingly serious (but still darkly comic) one as she sees Jennifer eating Chip and prepares to kill her for real this time.
    Needy: St Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes, please give me the power to totally crush this bitch.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Amanda Seyfried does appear in the trailers, but apart from her name on top, she is absent from all the posters, which focus exclusively on Megan Fox.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: Slides all around this. Scenes go from funny to shocking to funny, then back to shocking. Usually with quite a bit of sexy in the middle.
  • Slumber Party: Discussed when Jennifer appears in Needy's bed and reminisces about the sleepovers she had with her. Jennifer also tries to invoke this by appearing in said bed and then suggesting she and Needy "play boyfriend and girlfriend like [they] used to".
  • Soundtrack Dissonance:
    • Tracks like Panic! at the Disco's "New Perspective" and Florence and the Machine's "A Kiss with a Fist" seem a bit light for a horror movie.
    • Not to mention an in-movie example when Low Shoulder sings Tommy Tutone's "867-5309/Jenny" as they murder Jennifer.
  • Stealth Parody: A flimsy plot held together with squicky Fanservice and generous helpings of self-aware Buffy Speak.
  • Stealth Pun: That quick one-liner when Jennifer calls Chip "lime green jello," when calling him jealous.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Chip, who gets devoured by succubus Jennifer and succumbs to his injuries before his girlfriend Needy can save him. Ultimately his death sets off Needy's quest for revenge.
  • Super Strength:
    • Jennifer gains this power following her possession, enabling her to seriously overpower Jonas, who is described as "the biggest guy in school". She also throws Colin around like a rag doll.
    • Needy also gains this power after being bitten by Jennifer.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: In the end, when Needy goes to kill Low Shoulder for all they've done, the song "Violet" by Hole plays in the background with the lyrics almost sounding in tune with the situation of what's going on and referring to greed and instant payback.
  • Take That!: Some to Goth and Emo subcultures:
    • When Chip and Needy talk about Colin:
    Chip: How are you friends with Colin Gray? I thought Colin Gray only talked to the Dead Girls.
    Needy: I just am. We have Composition together. He's a really good writer. You know, he's so dark and emotional and all.
    Chip: Oh. I can relate. I'm also like that, even if I'm not all obvious about it like a poseur.
    • Jennifer mocks Colin when his arm gets cut by a pair of hedgeclippers:
    Jennifer: Oh! A puncture wound. God, that's so emo.
    • She also says this about him:
    Jennifer: He listens to maggot rock. He wears nail polish. My dick is bigger than his.
  • That Woman Is Dead: After being well and truly broken, Needy states in a narration that she doesn't know who Needy Lesnicki is any more.
  • Their First Time: Needy and Chip decide to have sex together the first time. It's tender and sweet, though a bit realistically awkward. Unfortunately it's interrupted since Needy's seeing Jennifer's killing of Colin at the same time while they're having sex, seriously disturbing her, and so she breaks it off.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare:
  • Too Hungry to Be Polite: Jennifer, when she tries to eat the chicken from Needy's fridge. Unfortunately succubi aren't prone to digest human food.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Needy, after gaining some of the demon's powers and becoming institutionalized.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
  • Totally Radical: Some very fake-sounding "teen slang" gets used, including Jennifer's saying "salty" to mean "hot".
  • Touched by Vorlons: Needy gains some of Jennifer's demon powers after being bitten by her. She uses them to break out of the prison psych ward and kill Low Shoulder.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Jennifer is a toxic friend to Needy even before she becomes possessed by a demon.
  • Trauma Button: The song "Through The Trees" by Low Shoulder is this for Needy. Every time she hears it, she hates it and nearly bursts into tears because of it. It doesn't help that the same song plays even after tragic events like Melody Lane burning down, Jennifer disappeared with Low Shoulder, or Jonas found disemboweled in the woods took place.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The Jennifer-Colin and Needy-Chip sex scenes are made this way, with constant intercuts.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: On the last night she was alive and human, Jennifer was saved from the burning bar building by her friend Needy only to tell her to go away and she leaves with Low Shoulder in their creepy van instead.
    Needy: Let's go, Jennifer.
    Jennifer: Needy, stop it!
  • Unusual Euphemism: Jennifer seems to make half her lines in this.
  • Unreliable Narrator: One possible interpretation. The story is told as a flashback by Needy, who is a patient in a prison psych ward. The story in the flashback appears to contain multiple supernatural aspects, notably that Needy's friend Jennifer has magic powers. At the end of the film, Needy appears to use the magic powers that had supposedly been Jennifer's to break out of the prison. Was all of it real? All the delusions of a lunatic? Not precisely real, but the truth as seen Through the Eyes of Madness?
  • Virgin Sacrifice: Low Shoulder tries to sacrifice Jennifer, thinking she's a virgin. Unfortunately, she's been having sex since Junior High. The ritual works as planned, but Jennifer gets possessed by a demon because she wasn't a virgin.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Whenever Jennifer vomits up that demonic, spiny black sludge.
  • With Friends Like These...: Jennifer walks all over Needy, although the latter is in denial about it until the very end.
    Needy: You know what? You were never really a good friend. Even when we were little, you used to steal my toys and pour lemonade on my bed.
    Jennifer: And now, I'm eating your boyfriend. See? At least I'm consistent.

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