I recently had the pleasure of viewing a 2017 short film written and directed by Jaanelle Yee (Teeth And Lungs) called Sell Your Body. It stars an amazing cast including Nadira Foster-Williams (Whatever This Is 2013), Pauline Sherrow (Sex, Drugs And Rock & Roll 2015), and Menuhin Hart (Dean Supreme 2014).
Sell Your Body is a horror-comedy about a med school dropout who is clawing her way out of crippling debt by luring a couple seeking a threesome on a dating app.
Let face it… in real life, there is nothing more present, looming, suffocating, horrific, and terrifying than student loan debt. It is more persistent and relentless than Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Chucky and all those creepy old people in It Follows (2015 – read our review here). For our heroine, Hannah (a fantastic Foster-Williams), the loans are just piling up after she dropped out of med school, and her job as a bartender just isn’t cutting it. But Hannah, elbow deep in Top Ramen, has a plan. She meets up with a couple she finds on a dating app, but she has more than just a threesome in mind.
What a fun movie! I love Alter films on YouTube, but this one is, by far, one of the best I have ever seen. It hits just the right balance of humor, blood, and comedy. Foster-Williams’ performance is so utterly down to earth and relatable that you will immediately want to know her, or even that you are her. I know I’ve been in her shoes, thinking, “How in the hell am I going to get ahead of my bills?” At what point do you just think, “Screw it!” and do whatever it takes? You will do literally ANYTHING it takes.
Hannah’s interaction with the couple she meets on the app is the stuff that everyone dreads when they join dating sites. All three actors in those scenes are geniuses here, and I really hope to see more of them in the future. The practical effects are really fantastic. It has just the right amount of blood and gore to keep it interesting. Sell Your Body, is, hands down, the best short film I’ve seen this year! What a great way to end 2019!
The entire short film is available on YouTube at the following link: