Body Bags

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Body Bags is a watchable, easy on the brain horror anthology with three (mostly) unoriginal tales and a peppering of excellent cameos including Tobe Hooper, director of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist, and ’60s fashion icon Twiggy, of all people.

The introduction is made by living horror legend John Carpenter, and that’s worth a look, if you ask me.

The first two tales were directed by the man himself, John Carpenter. “Gas Station”, The first segment, about a woman working the night shift at a petrol station, conveniently features a killer on the loose. This is a retread of a classic urban legend, and doesn’t really bring anything new. Notable cameo: horror maestros Wes Craven and Sam Raimi.

The second, superior story, “Hair”, stars Stacey Keach (recently seen in Nebraska) as a middle-aged man unable to cope with male patterned baldness, who seeks a revolutionary cure. unfortunately for him, the cure is more than a little successful. This one is great fun, and isn’t a story I’ve come across before, but the resolution is rather outlandish and something of a let down.

The third and final vignette is a classic (and by that, I mean done before) horror story of the evil body part transplant. Sigh. Directed by Tobe Hooper, this version is a fair enough rendering of a familiar tale – this time it’s an evil eye rather than the standard hand – I wasn’t exactly overwhelmed.

All in all this isn’t a bad offering from a patchy sub-genre, and the wraparound stories and high-profile cameos are a nice touch.

Score: 6/10

Check out the trailer

And watch the whole thing, if you want.

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2 responses to “Body Bags

  1. Big fan of Body Bags. It’s a huge guilty pleasure of mine – in the sense that I love it despite being fully aware that it really isn’t that great. I’m a Carpenter guy, not to mention a Mark Hamill guy, so Body Bags is always to get looked at through rose-tinted glasses by me.

    Good summary 🙂

    • Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, much appreciated. I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this sooner, it really is great fun.

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