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This is probably one of my favorite horror anthology movies. John Carpenter is talented behind the camera but his deadpan delivery is genius as our host. It's compiled of three short films. 2 out of the 3 are great but the middle one was just okay.
When I was a old body bags creeped me out in the stories are actually good and John Carpenter's a really good director by itself but when he gets into the Actor role, its evil good. I love mark hamill as an actor and his part is the best. Its suppose to be weird, querky and a bit funny in some places cuz john carpenter is a horror master as it is. I still watch this today and still love it.
An entertaining TV movie for horror fans, shame we did not get more episodes as the cast and crew were impressive.
I'm a sucker for anthology films. Body Bags offers three different tales that each offer a unique scare. Horror fans will have fun spotting the various cameos scattered throughout the production, plus John Carpenter hams it up as the host of the anthology. While the movie itself is far from perfect, it's still fun and entertaining. 4 stars
I was curious to see this, two great horror directors joining together for one movie, it goes for a more jokey fun vibe, kinda like creepshow, it's uneven, the first segment is pretty good, the second is silly, with some laughably bad effects, the last one is ok, i admit i did like seeing many horror directors and old actors make cameos, fans of horror will likely appreciate it
Open up this body bag and you'll find some truly eerie, sometimes funny, but always frightening scares. This made for TV movie that was supposed to be the jumping off platform for a horror anthology series that never happened has a lot to see-mainly a parade of horror's all time greatest directors making cameo appearances, as well as great actors and pop stars rounding out the cast. Some people dismiss this immediately as a "Tales from the Crypt" ripoff. To which I say, so? I don't care where I get my scares from. Besides, all of these great directors (John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, with cameos by Sam Raimi and Wes Craven) contributed to this. Now let's open up the bags! Bag #1: The Gas Station. A lonely woman working the graveyard shift (pun intended) at an all night pump and go in the middle of nowhere wonders which one of her many quirky (and at times unsettling) customers is the recently escaped mental patient whose been hacking his way around the desolate landscape-and if she's next. Bag #2: Hair! No relation to the musical. One of my all time favorite actors, Stacy Keach, plays a man obsessed with his disappearing hair who finds an all-too perfect solution. (heh heh heh). The first two bags were directed by Carpenter (who also plays our ghastly host). Now bag #3 is Tobe Hooper stepping up to bat and knocking one out of the park with "Eye," about a baseball player who loses an eye and, in an effort to save his career, undergoes an experimental eye transplant. He regains his sight, but begins to see things no person should be forced to see. Thanks to Scream Factory for digging this up (wink wink) so now this lost horror classic can be rediscovered and enjoyed by aficionados of scare and scare alike.
This was meant to be Showtime Network's equivalent of the Tales from the Crypts serials. The EG Comics influence is melded with John Carpenter's Spartan gallows humor immediately with the rockabilly keyboard score. Carpenter is the emcee of three ghastly tales and he is clearly effervescent in the ringleader role of the morgue attendant. He guzzles formaldehyde and makes sardonic remarks directly to the audience about the "arriving departed" like a Rat Pack lounge singer. It's a shame the show wasn't greenlit for more seasons. He desecrates corpses with a nihilistic lightness of touch and he moves like Danny Kaye. The first segment is The Gas Station, a Hitchcockian story about a new employee at a gas station. Carpenter plagues the viewers with the fear of claustrophobic isolation where the customers could be unhinged and there is no backup for miles. Mostly though, it is a sluggish litany of in-jokes to Haddonfield, a David Naughton (from 'An American Werewolf in London') appearance and a voyeuristic cameo by Wes Craven which is amusingly leering nevertheless. It basically recycles the vexing customers of 'Clerks' with a highly transparent paranoia twist. The next segment, Hair, is more openly facetious in tone. Stacy Keach is a vain gentleman with rapidly thinning follicles and he is obsessively looking for alternatives to his issue. It's a debatably superior step above the previous yarn and Keach is vulnerably tongue-in-cheek with his quiet desperation of hair restoration via therapy tapes and dye treatment. It is ebullient when he rejoices happily in front of the mirror with his new Stallion hairstyle and it's an astute social commentary on the impotence of bald men. The final vignette is Eye, which is the most taut of the three. Mark Hamill is full-tilt hammy and this could've been his audition for the Clown Prince. None of these stories are particularly innovative but the actors are unanimously stupendous. Overall, this failed pilot is a ghoulishly mischievous standalone feature but it doesn't ascend to the top tier of anthology films.
Good horror anthology especially made from horror legends John Carpenter (Halloween and The Thing) and Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist). There needs to be horror films like these nowadays.
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 :<
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.