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Body Bags Reviews

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February 2, 2014
A Television Movie Which Features 3 Short Stories Directed By Horror Masters John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper. Carpenter Stars As The Host Of The Film A Small Town Coroner Who Tells The Story Of How 3 People Which Are In Body Bags Died. The First 2 Stories Are Directed By Carpenter & Are Entitled "The Gas Station" & "Hair", While The Last Story Entitled "Eye" Is Directed By Hooper. These Stories Are Basic But The Music, Direction & The Performances From The Actors Make This Film An Enjoyable Experience.
½ January 15, 2014
The first two stories have promise but are far too poorly paced, Carpenter's ghoulish mortician comes across as a second-rate Crypt Keeper, and no matter how effective Tobe Hooper's "Eye" is that closes out the anthology, the damage has pretty much already been done. I had a lot of fun with the onslaught of cameos and the casting of familiar faces in unexpected roles, but the whole thing is a little too mediocre to warrant more than a rental. Body Bags overall is a glimpse at what a potential series could have been, and it's pretty wise the show never went forward. It's easy to see why Body Bags was something of a clone of Tales from the Crypt. But as a standalone film, Body Bags is Carpenter at his funniest, as director, composer and in his rare appearance as a lead actor. Carpenter also inflicts a half-assed imitation of Michael Keaton's Betelgeuse on his audience as he presents all three parts from a morgue. Occasionally predictable but still has a significant amount of suspense, a healthy dose of black humor, and a number of good performances. Still, there's only one really good vignette here, and even it isn't enough to salvage an otherwise mediocre anthology. As a compilation, it's only a mediocre horror effort. Watchable but not exactly recommended.

VERDICT: "Rent Worthy" - [Mixed to Negative Reaction] These films are only worth renting because of certain good things that are worth seeing, but are not worth paying at a theatre or the DVD to see due to bad things that overcome anything good. (Films that are rated 2.5 stars)
½ January 8, 2014
1 star for the first short and another for Mark Hamill. That's about it sadly.
½ December 28, 2013
Well, to say that Body Bags is a masterpiece may be overstating things a bit. It was a movie co-directed by John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper, but it was mainly Carpenter who had the most influence on the movie. It was made for Showtime in 1993, and thanks to Scream Factory, is now on Blu-ray uncut for the first time. I love omnibus movies, so I was always keen on this one, especially with so many talented people behind and in front of the camera. Presenting the three stories is John Carpenter himself as a "dead mortician", a role that's pretty much Carpenter himself with no real character to it, but you also have roles by Stacy Keach, Mark Hamill, David Warner, Deborah Harry, Robert Carradine, Twiggy, David Naughton, Sheena Easton, and Tom Arnold. Not to be forgotten are cameos by Wes Craven, Sam Raimi and Tobe Hooper, as well. It's really a who's who of talent on display, with lots of other familiar faces here and there. All three stories are great and have different flavors to them. The first, "The Gas Station", is a standard slasher. The second, "Hair", is more of an amusing good time in tune with something like Creepshow. And finally the third, "The Eye", is the most effective and the darkest of the three. All of the performances are good, especially from Stacy Keach and Mark Hamill. I wouldn't say that it's one of the strongest horror anthology films out there, but it's definitely one that knows how to have a good time.
December 10, 2013
Tamer than I expected but still entertaining.
December 3, 2013
MEH..The last story is the best of the three.
December 3, 2013
Ok Anthology Not Great Have Seen Better..Example( CreepShow)!
October 31, 2013
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 May 25, 2013
An extra half star for John Carpenter's Coroner
½ March 21, 2013
The Tobe Hooper segment with Mark Hamill was the best.
½ March 20, 2013
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 28, 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.
October 9, 2012
There isn't much to say about this film, if you are horror movies fan, you gonna like it.....this movie is made in a same style as Creepshow and many other horror flicks.......there is nothing special about it, but it does what it promises - to tell three great horror stories.......all three stories were good.....overall, its a nice collection...
July 4, 2012
Highly enjoyable horror anthology made for TV in the early 90s.
½ April 20, 2012
Loved this movie as a kid. Wasn't Halle Barry in there somewhere too?
½ November 3, 2011
Very fun horror anthology. Carpenter is delightful. Really good performance by Mark Hamill.
October 2, 2011
From a time when the best horror directors of the 80's wanted to apparently do one for the fans. Like every anthology film ever made, none of the segments are on par with each other and there is a great divide of quality between them. John Carpenter appears right off as a crypt keeper like coroner who tells us the stories. Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, Roger Corman, Sam Raimi and others all appear as well. This movie succeeds partially because of all of the fun cameos and the stylistic way that Carpenter shoots the first two segments. While the second segment is strange and not even trying to be scary, the third Hooper directed segment is just lame. This is a real mixed bag but its a great way to get geared up for Halloween.
July 3, 2011
Pretty decent, Carpenter attempts to be funny but isnt really as narrator - first story is boring, second far-fetched but the third is superb - Hamill is immense in the psychotic role and shoild have had a lot more plaudits for this performance
June 14, 2011
Hit and miss horror compendium.
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