A24, the cinephile production company of the post-modern age. If you’re into movies… no… films with strict colour palettes, particularly fast and loose plot structure, and ambiguous endings that leave just enough information out that you can never be truly satisfied with the finale… then you’ll be aware of A24’s output. In keeping with their indie/counterculture vibe, the trailer for their next flick ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ features a snippet of the upcoming Charli XCX track “Hot Girl”. You can hear the song and see the teaser below.
The film, directed by Halina Reijn, seems to be based on a group of friends playing a game called (you guessed it) bodies bodies bodies, where someone is selected, at random, to become the ‘murderer’. But, as we have all presumably picked up at this point, the ‘murderer’ becomes a murderer and the group spends the night trying to figure out whodunit. Amandla Stenberg, Pete Davidson, Maria Bakalova, and a handful of other exciting names floating around Hollywood at the moment all appear in the ‘Scream’-Esque slasher that should be hitting the silver screens on August 5th.
There have been several releases under A24’s umbrella in the last few years that I’m confident in saying have become cult classics; The Lighthouse, and Hereditary for example – and even a handful of films this year that have caused quite a splash; X, and Everything Everywhere All At Once – pretty much anything with this logo attached is destined for a specific kind of fanbase. Taking a look at the trailer, it’s clear to see why Charli was picked to back the clip – the semi-neon colour palette, the overtly ironic social awareness, even the slightly tongue in cheek humour of it all. It just makes sense.
Aside from the chopped-up rendition of the song we can piece together through the trailer, we have been given no other information on the song at all. With no sign of the track on her latest album, Crash, fans will just have to wait for Charli to make a move. But presumably, we’ll hear the full version at some point. If we continue to move at the rate we have over the last few months, or maybe even years, then we’ll have a brand-new-full-length LP probably on shelves in about a month. That being said, Crash was okay. After the lofty heights reached on her previous 2 albums (how i’m feeling now, and Charli) I’d be more than happy to wait a little longer to allow a little more care and attention that Crash seemed to be lacking.