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Three short stories in the horror genre: the first about a serial killer, the second about a hair transplant gone wrong, and the third about a baseball player.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Carpenter ... The Coroner (segment "The Morgue")
Tom Arnold ... Morgue Worker #1 (segment "The Morgue")
Tobe Hooper ... Morgue Worker #2 (segment "The Morgue")
Robert Carradine ... Bill (segment "The Gas Station")
Alex Datcher ... Anne (segment "The Gas Station")
Peter Jason ... Gent (segment "The Gas Station")
Molly Cheek ... Divorcee (segment "The Gas Station")
Wes Craven ... Pasty Faced Man (segment "The Gas Station")
Sam Raimi ... Dead Bill (segment "The Gas Station")
David Naughton ... Pete (segment "The Gas Station")
George 'Buck' Flower ... Stranger (segment "The Gas Station") (as Buck Flower)
Lucy Boryer ... Peggy (segment "The Gas Station")
Roger Rooks Roger Rooks ... TV Anchorman (segment "The Gas Station")
Stacy Keach ... Richard Coberts (segment "Hair")
David Warner ... Dr. Lock (segment "Hair")
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Three short stories in the horror genre: the first about a serial killer, the second about a hair transplant gone wrong, and the third about a baseball player.

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From the master of terror! Three tales to chill & thrill. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and horror violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter Presents 'Mind Games' See more »

Company Credits

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187, Showtime Networks See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the actresses in the segment " Hair" are musicians turned actresses, Debbie Harry of the group Blondie and singer/ Prince protegé, Sheena Easton. See more »

Goofs

When the dead Coroner is being cut open by one of the Morgue's attendants, he lifts his head up in a comical spoof. Yet the other attendant who fetched the coffee was coming back, and despite looking at his direction didn't see the coroner move. See more »

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Pete: I forgot my credit card.
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The DVD version is a severely cut version of the original Pay TV release, eliminating a lot of the more violent and gory images. See more »

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Referenced in Post Mortem with Mick Garris: John Carpenter (2011) See more »

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ALMOST CUT MY HAIR
Written by David Crosby
Performed by Crosby Stills Nash & Young (as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
Published by Stay Straight Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Cool, Solid Horror Anthology With EC Overtones
10 September 2004 | by squeezeboxSee all my reviews

BODY BAGS is a lot of fun until the unrelentingly grim final segment directed by Tobe Hooper, which is the best thing Hooper has done since Texas CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2. The other two segments are directed by John Carpenter, who also appears as a Crypt-Keeper-like character, and demonstrates why he has spent most of his time behind the camera.

Overall, I like the movie very much. The first segment is good, but also the weakest of the three. 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. Despite the slight subject matter (and a poor performance by Alex Datcher in the lead role), it's a solid chiller with some good scares. 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.

The second segment is great, and, unlike the other two, is an out-out comedy. 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. It leads up to a great finale that is as disturbing as it is funny. Singers Deborah Harry and Sheena Easton have supporting parts.

The final segment is the polar opposite of the second. As stated earlier, it's directed by Tobe Hooper, and he shows a sense of the macabre here that he hasn't displayed since his CHAINSAW/FUNHOUSE days. A veteran baseball player is in a car accident which results in his eye being poked out. A surgeon suggests an experimental eye transplant. Unfortunately, the donor eye belonged to a homicidal maniac, and Hammill begins having nightmarish hallucinations and bouts of uncontrollable rage. The climax of the segment is unbelievably cruel and grim, recalling Hooper's early work. It's a genuinely unsettling and horrific little flick. Twiggy, Charles Napier, as well as horror icons John Agar and Roger Corman appear.

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. Despite the weak wraparound, I recommend this anthology to horror fans, particularly fans of the two directors' work.


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