‘Zip yourself in tight!’
Body Bags is a 1993 American science fiction comedy horror film, directed by John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper and Larry Sulkis.
It is an anthology film, featuring three unconnected stories, with bookend segments featuring Carpenter and Hooper as deranged morgue attendees. It is notable for its numerous celebrity cameo appearances.
The first story, “The Gas Station”, features Robert Carradine as a serial killer, with cameos by Sam Raimi and Wes Craven. “Hair” follows Stacy Keach as he receives a botched hair transplant that infests him with an alien parasite, and “Eye” is another transplant story, this time featuring Mark Hamill as a baseball player who loses an eye in a car accident and receives a transplant, only to be overtaken with the personality of the eye’s previous owner: a murderous misogynist.
Originally, Showtime Networks planned to create Body Bags as a television series, similar to HBO’s Tales from the Crypt. However, shortly after filming began on the project, the network did not feel it was in their best interest to pursue the series. The three completed stories were assembled around John Carpenter’s narration segment, and Body Bags became a horror anthology.
Reviews [click links to read more]:
“There’s nothing overly remarkable about any of these stories, but they’re fun and in at least one case funny, and they have their fare share of little scares scattered throughout them.” Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com
“The real reason you should watch this is for Carpenter’s segments in between each episode where he plays the morgue attendant. These are a really fun and playful … The attendant is a really twisted guy and there’s good ‘reveal’ about him at the very end of the film that I didn’t see coming.” Jack Thursby, Collected Cinema
“All three stories are well done with only ‘The Gas Station’ dragging a bit […] This was supposed to be the start of an ongoing series and it’s too bad that it never saw the light of day. It was fun, creepy and bloody and would have brought something to the small screen that we wouldn’t have been getting that much in 93.” The Film Reel
Cast and characters:
- “The Morgue”
- John Carpenter as The Coroner
- Tom Arnold as Morgue Worker #1
- Tobe Hooper as Morgue Worker #2
- “The Gas Station”
- Robert Carradine as Bill
- Alex Datcher as Anne
- Wes Craven as Pasty Faced Man
- Sam Raimi as Dead Bill
- David Naughton as Pete
- Lucy Boryer as Peggy
- George Buck Flower as Stranger
- Molly Cheek as Divorcee
- Stacy Keach as Richard Coberts
- David Warner as Doctor Lock
- Sheena Easton as Megan
- Dan Blom as Dennis
- Attila as Man with Beautiful Hair
- Kim Alexis as Woman with Beautiful Hair
- Deborah Harry as The Nurse
- Mark Hamill as Brent Matthews
- Twiggy as Cathy Matthews
- John Agar as Doctor Lang
- Roger Corman as Doctor Bregman
- Charles Napier as Baseball Team Manager
- Eddie Velez as Baseball Player
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