Body Bags

Overview

Horror virtuoso John Carpenter hosts this goofy horror anthology, originally produced for Showtime as a gory stepchild of HBO's Tales from the Crypt series. Playing an emaciated, eye-rolling "coroner," John introduces the audience to a triptych of creepy vignettes in the EC horror-comics mode while paddling about in the guts of assorted cadavers and cracking jokes more gag-inducing than anything oozing on the slab. Two of the stories are directed by Carpenter himself: "The Gas Station" is a retread pun intended ...
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Overview

Horror virtuoso John Carpenter hosts this goofy horror anthology, originally produced for Showtime as a gory stepchild of HBO's Tales from the Crypt series. Playing an emaciated, eye-rolling "coroner," John introduces the audience to a triptych of creepy vignettes in the EC horror-comics mode while paddling about in the guts of assorted cadavers and cracking jokes more gag-inducing than anything oozing on the slab. Two of the stories are directed by Carpenter himself: "The Gas Station" is a retread pun intended of Halloween-style scare tactics as a pretty gas-station attendant watches various oddballs pass by her window after hearing that an escaped killer is on the loose; "Hair" is a morbid, hilarious look at man's obsession with his own virility in which Stacy Keach turns to a bizarre hair-growth clinic run by David Warner & Debbie Harry which promises instant results, but at a horrific price. The third segment, directed by Tobe Hooper, involves a baseball player Mark Hamill who receives an eye transplant after a car accident and soon begins having optical flashbacks revealing you guessed it the identity and tendencies of the eye's former owner -- a serial killer. The second segment is by far the most entertaining, featuring a wonderfully neurotic performance by Keach, but the first and last chapters are too derivative to offer much for the discriminating horror buff, although the same fans will enjoy several cute cameos from other genre directors, including Wes Craven, Sam Raimi and Roger Corman.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Actor Robert Carradine on "The Gas Station"; Audio Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Actor Stacy Keach on "Hair"; Audio Commentary with Producer Sandy King and Justin Beahm on "Eye"; Unzipping Body Bags featurette with John Carpenter, Producer Sandy King and actors Stacy Keach and Robert Carradine; Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2013
  • UPC: 826663144390
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: A1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Bonus DVD
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 6,136

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Hamill Brent
Deborah Harry The Nurse
Wes Craven Pasty Faced Man
Roger Corman Dr. Bregman
Sam Raimi Bill - Dead Attendant
Tobe Hooper Man #2
Stacy Keach Richard
David Warner Dr. Lock
John Carpenter Coroner
David Naughton Pete
Charles Napier Manager
Sean McClory Minister
Kim Alexis Woman
Eddie Velez Player
Gregory Nicotero Man with Dog
Twiggy Cathy
John Agar Dr. Lang
Molly Cheek Divorcee
Alex Datcher Anne
Bebe Drake Nurse
Robert Carradine Bill
Peter Jason Gent
Tom Arnold Man #1
Sheena Easton Megan
Lucy Boryer Peggy
George "Buck" Flower Stranger
Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director, Score Composer, Executive Producer
Tobe Hooper Director
Dan Angel Co-producer, Executive Producer
Billy Brown Screenwriter
Howard Jensen Special Effects
Gary B. Kibbe Cinematographer
Sandy King Executive Producer, Producer
Jim Lang Score Composer
Daniel Lomino Production Designer
Claudia Rebar Set Decoration/Design
Edward Warschilka Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Body Bags
1. Chapter 1 [6:14]
2. Chapter 2 [7:30]
3. Chapter 3 [6:50]
4. Chapter 4 [6:03]
5. Chapter 5 [6:31]
6. Chapter 6 [9:02]
7. Chapter 7 [6:12]
8. Chapter 8 [6:46]
9. Chapter 9 [:01]
10. Chapter 10 [9:22]
11. Chapter 11 [8:33]
12. Chapter 12 [10:40]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Body Bags
   Play Film
   Chapter Select
   Bonus Features
      "Unzipping Body Bags" Featurette With Cast & Crew Interviews
      Trailer
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
      2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo
      Audio Commentary with Director John Carpenter, Producer Sandy King, and Actors Stacy Keach and Robert Carradine
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On/Off
         Subtitles: On
         Subtitles: Off
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