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Body Double Reviews

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½ April 8, 2018
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 November 3, 2017
Great Hitchcockian tribute from the 80's. The circular LA house!
September 2, 2017
An instantly captivating homage to Hitchcock's Rear Window and Vertigo follows a clueless aspiring actor who house sits for an acquaintance and becomes embroiled in a murder plot after he secretly peeps on the victim and notices some strange going-ons. Craig Wasson may not be a James Stewart; but he manages to make us laugh when we need to and make us feel his tension when it is called for. Melanie Griffith is both hilarious and touching as the naive but street-savvy porn star Holly Day. Brian DePalma proves he can do a great picture with plenty of twists and turns along the way.
August 14, 2017
Body Double is probably Brian De Palma's underrated film and it's a great Hitchcock styled thriller.
½ July 13, 2017
A flawed, but decent, risque tribute to the classic Hitchcock films.
½ June 11, 2017
In the 1980's Brian De Palma made some of the most stunning films of the decade, and the most dated. Body Double is the most dated of them, and the worst. De Palma's biggest charm is that he expands on Hitchcock's principles of filmmaking and from that crafts his own style. Body Double has none of that, and only stands today as a 2 1/2 star film because of De Palma's competence as an auteur. It lacks the freshness and slickness of a standard De Palma film, and instead lapses into scenes of long, absurd, almost perverted eroticism. It occasionally boils the pot but only when it is ripping off scenes by Hitchcock.
April 21, 2017
This Movie Turned 25 Years Old In 2009.
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.
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