Body Parts (1991)
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When prison psychiatrist Bill Chrushank (Jeff Fahey) loses an arm in a car accident, he receives a revolutionary new transplant from an unknown donor, who is later discovered to have been a recently-executed psycho-killer. During his recovery, Bill is tormented by violent nightmares and aggressive new impulses -- and his limb seems to have developed a malevolent will of its own, acting independently and lashing out beyond his control. He eventually discovers that an artist named Remo Lacey (Brad Dourif) -- whose work is influenced by the same nightmares -- is the recipient of the killer's other arm. Before long, the same donor's legs turn up on yet another man, who harbors the same violent mood swings... and the inevitable "reunion" culminates in a violent, gory finale. Written and directed by Eric Red (based on the novel Choice Cuts by Pierre Boileau & Thomas Narcejac), this is a stylish and tightly-paced film (the harrowing car chase is a definite nail-biter), but the ball is sadly dropped by a weak script that discards the twisted potential of its premise (is the donor arm influencing Chrushank's mind, or vice versa?), lapsing instead into standard slasher-think. … More
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Critic Reviews for Body Parts
...an unapologetically ludicrous horror effort that often skirts the very edges of camp without going entirely over.
I enjoyed what Red does with the material, but the potential is there for a far more stark and disturbing film. Someone remake this one.
As great drive-in movies go, ones that seem to have an ear to the rail of the zeitgeist, it's hard to ask for more.
Pretty funny. I don't think that was intended.
Hilariously bad horror show
Better than it looks!
Audience Reviews for Body Parts
Based on Maurice Renard's classic short story, "The Hands of Orlac," is good shocking and horrifying film I ever seen. It's horrifying in a Frankensteinian way - great gore effects.
The underrated Jeff Fahey gives an strong performance. Brad Dourif gives an memorable small role as the artist, who finds sudden success with his paintings. Director Eric Red does his best work so far as a filmmaker here.
I think there was some spectacular stunts in this thriller-horror movie, and many original ideas (especially when Fahey gets in a driving vehicle!), and it never really stops being exciting! - The final scenes are pretty gross, but generally I thought that the movie was good!
It's an updated "Les Mains d'Orlac" but is actually based on another French novel entitled "Et Mon Tout Est Un Homme" (from 1965), so the plot isn't exactly original. The same thing has been done at least a dozen times before.
It's not a bad film though. Jeff Fahey may not be the most exciting of actors to watch but he really doesn't do too badly here at all.
There are some quite nice gore scenes and, although it's not in any way scary, the story does stay interesting right up until the end.
The only thing that drags it way down is that we all know that transplanted limbs do not really retain the personalities of their previous owners... or do they?
It was a good idea to create the ultimate body horror, but the poor direction didn't provide any shock or horror. I like the story line and nice acting from Jeff Fahey, but the rest were pretty terrible, The problem with the film is that it's so not scary, though it had some nice action sequences and car chases. It's not horrible but it's not highly enjoyable either.More
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