For Jennifer – USA, 2018 – overview and reviews

 


For Jennifer is a 2018 American horror feature film about the titular character’s search for answers to the whole Jennifer franchise conundrum.

Written and directed by Jody Barton (actor in Blood Craft; Ugly Sweater Party; 13/13/13; et al), the movie stars Dominique Swain, Tiffani Fest, Felissa Rose, Rich Finley, Hunter Johnson, Meghan Deanna Smith and Charles Chudabala.

Review:

To Jennifer (2013) kicked off this franchise from James Cullen Bressack (Blood Craft; Bethany; Blood Lake) who shot the entire film via an iPhone 5 – the first of its kind. Influenced by found footage terror flicks, To Jennifer documents the story of Joey, a scorned boyfriend who sets out to find and confront his cheating girlfriend, Jennifer, which leads to some intensely frightening results.

The sequel, 2Jennifer (2016), introduced the viewers to Spencer (Hunter Johnson, who also wrote and directed this), an aspiring young filmmaker who claimed to have Bressack’s blessing for this new movie about a sainted Jennifer as seen through his eyes. Unfortunately, Spencer being a highly unhinged psychopath took the film down a very dark path leaving a bloody trail of carnage behind.

From Jennifer (by Frank Merle) took a completely different turn by way of the new Jennifer (Danielle Taddei) – an overly ambitious actress who is willing to do anything for internet fame and domination. By enlisting a “bodyguard” and holding crazy casting calls, From Jennifer proved to be ample and enigmatic fun.

Jody Barton, who has appeared in a few of the previous Jennifer films, puts the final puzzle together in a collaborative strategy to connect all the dots from To Jennifer to current day with For Jennifer.

As the gang celebrates Jennifer’s (Tiffani Fest) birthday, a gift left behind is actually a copy of 2Jennifer, introducing the horror blogger to Spencer and his madness while creating that second instalment. Believing it to be completely real, she takes it onto herself to not only make a horror film but go hunt for answers as to who is stalking her with these horrific reinventions of the former Jennifer films.

Collectively, old cast members and storylines return to the threshold in a stirring twist of events, which puts the new Jennifer into a brutal scenario of right vs. wrong and what is the true meaning of sheer horror?

The chaotic ending will not only delight but freak you out in a Walking Dead/Negan premise of “anyone is expendable” – all the while, as laughter ensues. It’s another lively jaunt into the world of Jennifers and dread. Never write off a Jennifer!

Meredith Brown, MOVIES & MANIA

Other reviews:

“If you’re intrigued by meta cinema, films that break the fourth wall, and faux-urban legends driven by a “video diary” format colliding with the SOV and found footage genres, you’ll enjoy Jody’s Barton’s debut film that “solves” the Jennifer mystery. For his first time effort—using phones and handicams—it’s a commendable work…” B & S About Movies

“Pulling this kind of a mindf*ck together based on three micro-budget cult films and shooting it on an equally low budget takes serious balls. And Barton manages to pull it off for the most part. There are moments where the script feels like it’s reaching or gets a bit too hard to follow. But overall it hits the target.” Voices from the Balcony

For Jennifer takes the franchise full-circle with the support of creator James Cullen Bressack and the filmmakers of the previous films. Jody Barton does a great job bringing everything full circle with a shocking finale that makes this worthy of the franchise.” World Film Geek

Cast and characters:

  • Dominique Swain … Randi
  • Felissa Rose … Jennifer Smith
  • Madeleine Wade … Jamie
  • Lanett Tachel … Stefanie
  • Meghan Deanna Smith … Stephanie Hart
  • Frankie Cullen … Chilli
  • Martin Harris … Martin
  • Rachel Hardisty … Darlene
  • Jennifer Nangle … Jenn
  • Gregory Blair … Greg
  • Tiffani Fest … Jennifer
  • Monika Ekiert … Helena
  • Brittney Grabill … Bridget
  • Danielle Taddei … Jennifer Peterson
  • Don Barris … Don
  • David Biedrzycki … Gus
  • Jody Barton … Doug
  • Charles Chudabala … Charlie
  • Hunter Johnson … Spencer
  • Maryjane Green … Maryjane
  • Noel Jason Scott … Noel
  • Christian Ackerman … Partygoer
  • Lily Thaisz … Tiffany
  • Alexander T. Hwang … Alex
  • Reyna Meree Velarde … Reyna
  • Chuck Pappas … Chuck
  • Audriena Comeaux … Audriena
  • David Wesley Marlowe … Ray
  • Alex Napiwocki … Partygoer
  • Rich Finley … Joey
  • Jeffrey Lee DuPree … Partygoer
  • Jonathan Makabi … Partygoer
  • Hootan Atefyekta … Partygoer
  • Kathleen W. Hwang … Partygoer
  • Eric Hollerbach … Eric
  • Robert Van Guelpen … Scott
  • Paul Stephen Edwards … Paul
  • Adolfo Valdivic … Partygoer
  • James Van Fleet … Partygoer
  • Brian Simpson … Red
  • Nick Kekeris … Gene
  • Rod Vizcaina … Partygoer
  • Jillian Gallagher … Prison operator
  • Gilda DuPree … Partygoer

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