Body Bags Reviews

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Super Reviewer
October 6, 2007
The first cameo-rich part of this anthology isn't half bad, the others are passable, but not great. The super off pairing of Mark Hamil and TWIGGY almost works and Carpenter's turn as the Crypt Keeper-ish host is pretty silly too boot.
Super Reviewer
October 24, 2010
Not particularly amazing stories on their own, but together they make for a really cool tv movie. The whole style is just so incredibly 90s, what with the crazy music and odd design. John Carpenter's segments were the best, but Tobe Hooper's was pretty interesting as well (Mark Hamill with mustache). I kind've wish the movie was just about the hilarious zombie mortician who totally stole the show, which was incidentally played by John Carpenter himself.
Super Reviewer
May 15, 2008
Movie-buffs (and perhaps horror fanatics in particular) are strange and unpredictable beings, aren't they? Most of the time we're extremely skeptical and criticize ambitious new projects, yet sometimes we're easily pleased and highly enthusiast about something that is completely derivative, mundane and unoriginal. "Body Bags" is the perfect example to illustrate that: it's a horror omnibus existing of three incredibly prototypic segments and a repetitive type of wraparound story, yet I personally enjoyed it immensely. This is a good old-fashioned "sit back, relax and switch off all brain functions" type of anthology with a nice diversity in suspense, comedy, splatter and absurdity. Yet, the undeniable strongpoint of "Body Bags" is the all-star horror cast and crew, with legendary actors and even directors of the genre appearing in fun supportive roles and insignificant cameos. No less than John Carpenter directs two out of three stories and even stars as the host in the wraparound story. Clearly inspired by "Tales from the Crypt", Carpenter plays the witty and morbid morgue employee exactly like the infamous Crypt Keeper; though with still a little more flesh around the bones (though not too much). The first story was the most effective one! Regardless of how clichéd, repetitive and predictable "The Gas Station" is, it's a genuine horror entertainment. With the landmark "Halloween", Carpenter obviously proved he's the undeniable master of stalk-and-slash movies, and "The Gas Station" ideally fits the pattern. During her first night working in a remote gas station, Anne receives a visit from the maniacal killer who's been terrorizing the area since weeks. It's a highly segment with cool red herrings, dumb decisions, some good gore and a neatly uncanny atmosphere. The remaining two stories are slightly less overpowering, mainly because they revolve on sillier topics. "Hair" introduces an aging playboy who cannot accept his hairline becoming thinner. He desperately starts seeking for a hair-growing method that works and finds the incredibly treatment of the slightly odd Dr. Lock. Needless to say Richard's new hairdo begins to lead its own life with terrible consequences. "Hair" is obviously the most blackly comical chapter of the three. This story isn't gory or tense, but it's a very likable satire about vanity. Finally, "Eye" centers on a successful and happily married athlete who loses his eye in a tragic car accident. He spontaneously volunteers for a brand new and risky eye-transplant procedure and slowly begins to carry on with his life. Shortly after, he begins to suffer from horrific visions and learns the eye's previous owner was a sadistic serial killer. "Eye" starts off a little slow and dull, but gradually turns into an exciting and gruesome little shock-story. With a bit of imagination, you could even interpret this segment as some sort of predecessor for the more famous Asian ghost story "The Eye". Admittedly none of the stories are extraordinary brilliant or innovating, but they're definitely traditional and enthusiastically made.This is worth a look if you can find it. Be warned the out of print dvd is cut and the vhs version is uncut but still missing some footage. Hopefully the true uncut version will appear one day
Super Reviewer
May 4, 2008
Belongs on the scifi channel, where I first saw it as a kid. Though I understand the desire to appear in your own movies, I don't think John Carpenter does a good job as the storyteller, better off behind the camera, and Tobe Hooper out acts him with a mere three lines. None of the three stories stand out. The first is best directed in terms of pacing and visuals, but the second has the strongest storyline. The third one shows us Mark Hamill at his acting worst, and ends in anti-climatic and predictable manner. All these stories suffer from the usual hiccups of horror scripts - too many illogical details placed within it just to attach one scare to another. Not a classic like so many horror fans claim. Basically a bunch of horror directors got together to do a cameo fest under the guise of a "Tales from the Darkside" type scary stories compilation. Not as good as another crapulation from the same era, Creepshow.
Super Reviewer
½ January 31, 2008
½ January 16, 2015
This was a film that I sat down to watch (courtesy of the recent Scream Factory Blu-ray) and was shocked to find that it was a first time viewing, as this just felt like something I would've watched way back in the VHS days.

It's a decent little time-waster of an anthology film, and I'm happy to have finally given it a day in court.

½ March 25, 2014
As with all anthology films, there is going to be a hit or miss quality to it, and "Body Bags" from John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper is no exception. Originally intended as a pilot for a series on Showtime, meant as their answer to "Tales from the Crypt", but the network decided against pursuing the series and thus an anthology film was born. John Carpenter directs the first two segments, and the third is directed by Tobe Hooper. The stories are unconnected beyond Carpenter appearing as "The Coroner", a loon working in a morgue who acts a little too much like the Crypt Keeper to feel original. "The Gas Station" is average slasher stuff, "The Hair" is not too exciting but is just weird enough to remain memorable, and "The Eye" is possibly the best of the three stories. None of these stories are too much fun or scary, but it has moments.
½ August 25, 2007
Carpenter does Hitchcock, which is as grisly and absurd and bugged-out as you would hope. Only Hooper kinda falters, though Hammil's acting saves it.
½ October 14, 2007
Body Bags starts in a morgue where the attendant (John Carpenter) enjoys his job, he particularly likes the stiffs that come in in black body bags for they contain the murder, accident & suicide victims. Each one seems to have they're own morbid tale of how they ended up on the coroners autopsy table. Jump to Haddonfield where our first story titled 'The Gas Station' is set. A serial killer is on the loose & new gas station employee Anne (Alex Datcher) is preparing for a long lonely night-shift. Anne becomes increasingly paranoid about everyone who turns up believing any of them may be a serial killer. The next body belongs to a someone who committed suicide in a story called 'Hair'. Richard Coberts (Stacy Keach) is losing his hair & it's ruining his life, confidence & self esteem. Wanting to impress his girlfriend Megan (Sheena Easton) he contacts Dr. lock (David Warner) who promises a miracle hair regrowth treatment, unfortunately the procedure has some unexpected & very much unwanted side-effects. The final segment is entitled 'Eye' & features pro baseball player Brent Matthews (Mark Hamil) who appears to have an almost perfect life, that is until he is involved in a car accident in which he loses his right eye. However Dr. Lang (John Agar) has spent the past 10 years of his life perfecting an eye transplant & Brent becomes the first beneficiary of the treatment, unfortunately the operation is not without it's problems. Technically Body Bags is pretty solid considering it's a TV produced film, nothing spectacular but at the same time it's generally well made.
March 20, 2015
WELL, when I was little the "Hair" segment really fucked me up, but now that I'm old, it's absolutely my favorite segment. And still disgusting :<
October 29, 2014
Good fun from John Carpenter. The second part with Stacy Keach is a 4 and a half star effort, and the third act is a solid 3 and a half, but the first drags. Well worth a watch. Good stuff.
½ October 2, 2014
For a anthology film, it's kinda weak. It tries to be a cross between Tales from the Crypt and Creepshow but it never goes that far. You get 3 shorts and I gotta say none of them are that great. It's good as a product of its time but unless if you're a big horror fan you'll probably get bored. That said, this movie exists solely for the cameos. It was cool seeing Mark Hamill, Sam Raimi, Greg Nicotero, Roger Corman, David Warner, Wes Craven Tobe Hooper, and Carpenter himself in one film.
½ January 2, 2014
1 star for the first short and another for Mark Hamill. That's about it sadly.
November 22, 2012
Funny and frightening horror-comedy anthology, made by some of the greats. Sure, it's not necessarily on par with all of their previous work, but it's a lot of fun. Plus, loads of cameos from other horror legends...
½ October 13, 2012
An English teacher once introduced me to an important rule about doing anything in threes: open with your second strongest part, put your weakest in the middle, and always end on the best. For 1993's three-part anthology "Body Bags", veteran horror directors John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper seem to have forgotten this rule, opening on their strongest, devolving into silliness, and limping back to the average. The first Carpenter-directed segment titled "The Gas Station" is a terrifying tale of a serial killer stalking a gas station attendant (played by Alex Datcher); it's easily the strongest part of the film. It's followed by the well-acted, if somewhat absurd Carpenter-directed "Hair", starring Stacy Keach and David Warner. The final Hooper-directed segment titled "Eye", starring Mark Hamill and Twiggy, is an improvement from the second segment, if a little cliché in story. John Carpenter also provides a wonderfully demented host as he introduces each segment and he's joined by an array of enjoyable celebrity cameos, including Hooper, Tom Arnold, Wes Craven, Sam Raimi, and Roger Corman, among others. Its flaws aside, "Body Bags" is an entertaining, if mixed bag anthology for the 1990s.
June 10, 2011
Hooper and Carpenter prove themselves as true masters of horror. This triple-story insanity is scary, fun, and delightful to watch. With some directors in hilarious characters, it's made to make you have a great time
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