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.