The third is an improvement on the second, but more fantastical than the first and therefore not as frightening. Plenty of atmosphere, a little gore and enough sudden shocks and suspense to make it worthwhile. Hair is a truly funny story with a terrific performance by Stacy Keach. David Naughton, Robert Carradine and Peter Jason are all good in supporting roles, while fellow horror directors Sam Raimi and Wes Craven have creepy cameos. Special Features: For this release, Scream Factory gives fans two supplements.
It would have been great to check in with him on a weekly basis. One of the biggest delights of Body Bags is the cavalcade of friends that Carpenter enlists. If John Carpenter meant to scare us with this story, it didn't work, if he wanted to make us laugh, he succeeded admirably. Runtime: 91 mins Director: John Carpeneter; Tobe Hooper Writer: Billy Brown, Dan Angel Cast: John Carpenter, Tom Arnold, Tobe Hooper Genre: Horror Tagline: Zip yourself in tight! Body Bags Trailer 1993 Director: John Howard Davies Starring: David Naughton, Deborah Harry, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Sheena Easton, Stacy Keach Official Content From Republic Pictures Home Video John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper directed this trio of shockers hosted by a small town coroner. Throughout his film career, John Carpenter was always ahead of the curve; whether finalizing the blueprint for the modern slasher or offering an ever prescient political take on alien invasions, Carpenter always seemed to be ahead of what the next big thing would be, often to decreased box office receipts.
Hamill at least makes for a strong and interesting protagonist; admittedly, a lot of the allure owes to him playing way against type, first as a good-old-boy ballplayer, then as the nigh-homicidal maniac attempting to possess his body. Hamming it up to the extreme, Carpenter muses on the state of the cadavers, talks to them, and even gets to croon a little bit obviously, someone associated with the production noted his talents with The Coup de Villes on the Big Trouble in Little China soundtrack. His desperation leads him to a 'miracle' hair transplant operation and, thanks to the extraterrestrial efforts of Dr. The sad truth is that giving this film as high a rating as I did really comes down to one thing: the endless supply of guest stars from the horror genre and beyond. Once again, the sleepy Midwestern town has found itself terrorized by a serial killer background news reports slyly indicate that local authorities are attributing the murders to Michael Myers , which is especially bad news for Anne Alex Datcher , a local college student set to begin a job as an overnight gas-station attendant.
Any words I would have said were he still with us have not changed now; he was simply a masterful director and once again proves it here. The three stories are not really remarkable but they each one have their positives. Lomino Production Design Sound John Carpenter Original Music Composer Sound Jim Lang Original Music Composer Crew Howard Berger Makeup Effects Crew Robert Kurtzman Makeup Effects Crew Gregory Nicotero Makeup Effects. It also feels oddly out of place, as the next two stories both deal with medical horror, while it is simply a 50's style slasher-on-the-loose yarn. Horror fans may think the movie is average, but you are bound to learn a few things from the commentary. Carpenter's antics as the narrator are uncomfortably flat, and things don't get any better when an irritating Tom Arnold and a clueless Hooper show up in cameo roles as well. To its credit, even 90s Carpenter and Hooper are preferable to anonymous talent, as the former at least provides a distinctive score alongside Jim Lang, so Body Bags at least sounds like vintage, synth-laden Carpenter.
Unlike his 1978 classic, Carpenter only has 25 minutes to get in and out and he executes flawlessly, with strong performances from the leads and a host of terrific cameos. Lots of jokes about corpses. Black levels are extremely solid. The second about a hair transplant going wrong. In the second Carpenter-directed short Hair, Stacy Keach plays a middle-aged businessman who is very self-conscious about going bald. Carpenter and Hooper deliver the hair-raising goods with aplomb, exercising the talent for scary storytelling that has made them famous. The best of the bunch.
A veteran baseball player is in a car accident which results in his eye being poked out. I suspected who the killer was, but was still surprised that Carpenter had the balls to do it. On a personal note, I started this piece before the sudden death of Tobe Hooper at the age of 74. Three short stories in the horror genre: The first about a serial killer. Stacey Keach turns in one of his very best performances as a middle-aged man who dreads the prospect of going bald, and decides to try out a new experimental technique developed by scientist David Warner.
Fine, if you like that sort of thing. So celebrate Body Bags; not only for what could have been, but also what should be — a world with Tobe Hooper still in it. He is happily married back off ladies with 2 grown kids. Even the clichéd situation of the beginning film has its fair share of scares. Twiggy, Charles Napier, as well as horror icons John Agar and Roger Corman appear. Every segment works, each with a distinct tone even though the first two are directed by Carpenter himself, with the third helmed by the late Tobe Hooper. Don't miss the chance to see this anthology, as they are indeed becoming dying breed.
The elements have aged quite beautifully. Look closely for several genre directors: Wes Craven, Sam Raimi, Roger Corman, and Tobe Hooper. The final tale shows what it is like to see life through the eyes of a killer. One terrific story, one pretty good and one pretty bad, all in all, it's worth watching but it's nothing spectacular. Taken as a whole, Body Bags is fine but struggles to find unity.
It leads up to a great finale that is as disturbing as it is funny. Justin Beahm hosts producer Sandy King on the third segment. The wraparound was pretty funny I loved the implants joke , but not scary at all, mostly meant for comic relief which we only needed for the first story, but was great anyway. The climax here is also the most deranged and visceral capper that the film has to offer, if only because Hamill does inject some tragic desperation into Matthews. Here he maximizes the effect from a truly simple premise and creates a genuinely scary story. It can now; however, yours to own thanks to the efforts of Scream Factory. Only now they are filled with sadness and regret.
You see, if it's murder, suicide or a nasty accident, they put them in here. Carpenter wisely takes the humorous route. The first tells the story of a woman being stalked by an axe-weilding maniac. Originally televised on Showtime on August 8 th, Body Bags was met with critical approval and fans of the genre enjoyed it. Enter Doctor Lang, who offers a radical, experimental solution in the form of an eye transplant; Matthews jumps at the offer, and the procedure is initially successful before…oh, well, you know the drill by now.