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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
June 4, 2011
Kind of fun, in a brainless sort of way. Good if you were 10 years old on Halloween in 1993...
½ March 28, 2011
I'm pretty sure everyone involved with this was high when they made it. It looked like they had fun, but it looked like leftover "Tales from the Darkside" episodes.
March 24, 2011
If your a fan of Horror Anthologies (Tales from the Crypt, Creepshow, Masters of Horror) and especially the works of John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper, you'll probably like this, what's even cooler is that Carpenter himself plays as the 'Host' for the segments as a creepy morgue worker!
Super Reviewer
March 15, 2011
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.
½ January 13, 2011
The Mark Hamill story was the best one
November 30, 2010
fun old school horror
original fun storytelling taking the 'Tales from the Crypt' style
John Carpenter's great at the coroner narrator
even Mark Hamill's role as a demented eye donee is worth seeing
it's creepy, bloody and all practical
sure it could have been better but for a TV flick it's great to pass the time
November 23, 2010
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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.
September 20, 2010
Not a bad little anthology film, but considering John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper worked together on it... it should probably be better. The first story isn't anything new, really, just your basic serial killer story, but they set the atmosphere and everything really well and despite it not really being anything new, it's still quite frightening. The second story is very disturbing as well and ends with a neat little twist. The third one is very interesting as well, with Mark Hamill is a very different role, but he does quite well. So all three stories are quite good, the last two, especially the second, are very original whilst the first, like I said, isn't actually original, but it's still great. The wraparound segments, with John Carpenter, are great as well and he makes a great "Crypt Keeper" sort of character, with the disturbing demeanor and dark humor. However, you can tell this was original supposed to be the beginning of a TV series and not a movie, it just doesn't have a film feel to it, not really sure how to explain it, it just really feels like something you'd see on TV. For fans of John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper it's worth a watch, as long as you don't go in expecting it to be another Halloween or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or a combinination of both. It's not a groundbreaking horror film, like those two, but it's definitely entertaining.
½ July 31, 2010
I should have saved this for Shocktober because it's a good Halloween movie. It's basic John Carpenter meets Tales from the Crypt w/ a really good cast. You get Robert Carradine as a serial killer in the first segment, Stacy Keach losing his hair & then becoming hairy as a Wookie in the 2nd, & Mark Hamill losing an eye & having it being replaced w/ a killers. Then you get a bevy of directors like Wes Craven, Sam Raimi & Roger Corman in cameos. Not quite Creepshow but definitely better then Tales From the Darkside.
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Super Reviewer
July 3, 2010
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 clichÚd, 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
½ June 18, 2010
A fun anthology - the first story is the best with a cameo by mr. Wes Craven.
½ April 27, 2010
Cheesy low-budget horror nonsense.
March 31, 2010
One of my favorite TV anthologies. A weird, funny, and often cool 90s horror flick.
December 26, 2009
I went NUTS trying to find this on DVD but there are two versions Beware!
½ November 14, 2009
Entertaining little Horror anthology from John Carpenter.
August 17, 2009
I liked the first story but other than that it was kinda dumb. But the first one was creepy and fun to watch!
August 6, 2009
Soso flick from Carpenter. It was designed to be a pilot for a proposed tv series but this film is all that ever came of that. As such it plays like a poor man's Twilight Zone. Carpenter shows up in front of the camera as well as the morgue attendant who introduces each story.
Super Reviewer
July 31, 2009
Wow...I don't think I've seen this yet.
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