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Body Double Reviews

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April 21, 2017
This Movie Turned 25 Years Old In 2009.
½ March 19, 2017
Brian De Palma's obsession with all things Hitchcock continues. Psycho was the obvious influence on Dressed to Kill, but this time De Palma decided to throw a handful of Hitchcock films into the mix. Body Double is essentially a trashy take on Rear Window, with bits of Vertigo and Frenzy thrown in for the hell of it. The story revolves around a claustrophobic actor who sees his beautiful neighbour murdered while spying on her from his apartment. Of course, not everything is as it seems. On the one hand, Body Double is an extremely stylish thriller about obsession, repression and 80's excess. It takes shots at mainstream Hollywood, the MTV generation, and Regan-era America. On the other hand, it's a sleazy, predictable T&A flick with endless plot holes and a sluggish pace. This movie could be the very definition of style over substance. The camerawork is magnificent, Pino Donaggio's score is wonderfully hypnotic, Craig Wasson and Melanie Griffith give terrific performances, and De Palma proves once again why he's a master at manipulating his audience. The other obvious highlight being Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 'Relax' music video actually being apart of the movie. All of my problems with the film come from the nonsensical script. It's a shame such brilliant technical work and great acting is constantly dragged down by one of the most bland and predictable scripts imaginable. Still, the movie is so bizarre and daring that it's definitely worth checking out for yourself.
½ January 10, 2017
A flawed, but decent risque tribute to the classic Hitchcock films.
Super Reviewer
½ December 9, 2016
"Everybody is a peeper, peeping on their neighbors", Hitchcock seemed to infer with the production of Rear Window, "wouldn't we be happier if we all could just admit it?" DePalma, looking to up the ante seems to ask further, "we all masturbate, couldn't we simply do it together?"
Super Reviewer
½ November 24, 2016
Brian De Palma seems to be enjoying quite a lot to poke fun at the artificiality of cinema with this delicious pastiche that pays homage to Hitchcock's films (mainly Vertigo and Rear Window) and plays with the limits of narrative and language as he injects his own style into it.
½ November 10, 2016
De Palma at his most Hitchcock. A couple spots are a little overdramatic, but otherwise it's another one of his classics. Love the layers.
½ October 14, 2016
While I wouldn't call this top tier De Palma, I think it's definitely better than it's relatively poor reputation would suggest. It seems to have a reputation as an overly sleazy Hitchcock rip-off that pales in comparison to it's sources of inspiration ("Rear Window" and to some extent "Vertigo") because it substitutes exploitation for suspense. Well ... yes and no. It is somewhat inferior to the Hitchcock flicks (hardly a huge criticism since those are among his best films), but it's not really the fact that De Palma transforms Hitchcock's subtext into text that makes it inferior. If anything, it's less careful plotting and a weak lead that mark the film as inferior De Palma, not the supposedly rampant sleaze. It's actually a fairly tasteful film given its subject matter. It has at least two amazingly constructed suspense sequences that make this worth a watch for anyone that admire De Palma.
August 17, 2016
A fun campy musical cameo by Frankie Goes To Hollywood makes this one of the best films with an 80's New Wave edge to it.
July 24, 2016
DePalma has an incredible knack for overcoming the most implausible plotlines & deus ex machinas to make compulsively viewable films crackling with style and arresting atmospherics.
½ July 20, 2016
What was he thinking? Don't watch this one!
Super Reviewer
July 15, 2016
Queazy, cheesy and sleazy exploitation thriller from DePalma, a ripoff of Rear Window and Vertigo with a touch of A Perfect Murder. It's not "good" but it's fun.
June 23, 2016
"Hello, Gloria. How are you? Maybe you remember me: this is Jake. I'm the guy who almost fucked you at the beach today."
January 28, 2016
Melanie Griffith. For those who don't know, she's Dakota Johnson's mother.
I saw this as a very-young adult. The way DePalma shot this film has stuck with me.
½ November 11, 2015
A struggling actor is thrust into murder intrigue while spying on a neighbour through a telescope. The whole murder plot assumes a lot but who cares; most times I enjoy when DePalma ventures into Hitchcock territory. Some great camera angles employed.
½ September 21, 2015
A well-crafted, sleazy love letter to Hitchcock (most obviously Rear Window and Vertigo). Too bad it takes a page from the worst part of Psycho and buries its reveal in exposition. Harrowing sequences, enchanting virtuoso camerawork, and hypnotic score keep that from detracting too much.
August 15, 2015
Un homenaje directo a Vértigo y La Ventana Indiscreta de Hitchcock pero con un toque muy al estilo de Brian de Palma. Uno de sus filmes menos conocidos, aún así no deja de ser un material bien cuidado, puntual en la forma que narra la historia, utilizando un lenguaje erótico directo en algunas ocasiones , en otra más sutil ( sobre todo en cuestión de las perversiones ) . Un sexy thirller con toques humorísticos e incluso surrealistas que podrían no ser del gusto de todos pero aún así es un logro más dentro dela filmografía del director, que como es costumbre en él, la polémica podría estar justo cuando aparecen los créditos de cierre de la película. Vale la pena descubrirla.
July 28, 2015
For a while I wasn't completely enjoying this, I liked it but wasn't that into it and kinda thought it was just a Rear Window rip off. But man was I wrong, this really started to get great around the last 40 min. Overall I would call it really good but I might consider the whole movie great if I watch it again, rather than just the last 40ish minutes.
June 16, 2015
The man is such a fool I didn't enjoy the film.
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