Body Parts
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Body Parts

Director: Eric Red

Cast: Eric Red, Jeff Fahey, Lindsay Duncan, Brad Dourif

     
 

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When prison psychiatrist Bill Chrushank (Jeff Fahey) loses an arm in a car accident, he receives a revolutionary new transplant from an unknown donor, who is later discovered to have been a recently-executed psycho-killer. During his recovery, Bill is tormented by violent nightmares and aggressive new impulses -- and his limb seems to have developed a malevolent will… See more details below

Overview

When prison psychiatrist Bill Chrushank (Jeff Fahey) loses an arm in a car accident, he receives a revolutionary new transplant from an unknown donor, who is later discovered to have been a recently-executed psycho-killer. During his recovery, Bill is tormented by violent nightmares and aggressive new impulses -- and his limb seems to have developed a malevolent will of its own, acting independently and lashing out beyond his control. He eventually discovers that an artist named Remo Lacey (Brad Dourif) -- whose work is influenced by the same nightmares -- is the recipient of the killer's other arm. Before long, the same donor's legs turn up on yet another man, who harbors the same violent mood swings... and the inevitable "reunion" culminates in a violent, gory finale. Written and directed by Eric Red (based on the novel Choice Cuts by Pierre Boileau & Thomas Narcejac), this is a stylish and tightly-paced film (the harrowing car chase is a definite nail-biter), but the ball is sadly dropped by a weak script that discards the twisted potential of its premise (is the donor arm influencing Chrushank's mind, or vice versa?), lapsing instead into standard slasher-think.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This odd horror film doesn't always make sense but it is never dull and manages to be quite entertaining in its own EC Comics-type way. Writer/director Eric Red cut his horror auteur teeth writing the script for The Hitcher and takes a similar approach here, painting the plot and characters in broad strokes so he can really put his power behind the realization of the shock sequences. The script doesn't follow through on some of its most interesting ideas (like the concept that evil can reside in a body part) but the plot moves along at a taut pace. It also works in plenty of gripping setpieces along the way: the handcuff-linked car chase is an obvious choice, but the opening car-wreck scene and an operation scene shot in point-of-view style through a distorted lens are also standout moments. Red also achieves a tremendously creepy atmosphere, a mood aided considerably by Loek Dikker's spine-tingling musical score and Theo Van De Sande's moody cinematography. Finally, the film is blessed with an excellent cast of character actors that wisely play the material straight: Jeff Fahey is sympathetic and edgy by turns as the confused hero, Brad Dourif adds some color as one of his fellow transplant recipients and Lindsay Duncan wisely underplays her doctor role to intensify its creepiness. All in all, Body Parts is more of an exercise in style than an all-around classic but it is fully capable of creeping a viewer out on its own level.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
UPC:
0097363251842
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 tvs; Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround and Dolby Surround; French Stereo; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Fahey Dr. Bill Chrushank
Lindsay Duncan Dr. Agatha Webb
Brad Dourif Remo Lacey
Zakes Mokae Detective Sawchuk
Peter Murnik Mark Draper
Paul Ben-Victor Ray Kolberg
John Walsh Charley Fletcher
Nathaniel Moreau Bill Jr.
Sarah Campbell Samantha
Teri Lee Actor
Johnny Mandel Actor
Richard Monda Actor
Fern Champion Actor
Dori Zuckerman Actor
Lindsay Merrithew Roger
Arlene Duncan Nurse #1
Allan Price T.V. Reporter #1
Hal Eisen T.V. Reporter #2
Taia Red Female Reporter
James Kidnie Detective Jackson
Andy Humphrey Ricky
Lynn Remus Nurse #2
Peter MacNeill Drunk
Gene DiNovi Bartender
Larry McLean Bar Heavy
John Stoneham Bar Heavy
Gene Mack Bar Heavy

Technical Credits
Eric Red Director,Screenwriter
Bill Brodie Production Designer
Miriam Cutler Score Composer
Marc Dassas Production Designer
Matt Devlen Producer
Loek Dikker Score Composer
Jack E. Freedman Co-producer
Patricia Green Makeup
Patricia Herskovic Co-producer,Screenwriter
Linda Kemp Costumes/Costume Designer
Alicia Keywan Art Director
Michael MacDonald Producer
Frank Mancuso Producer
Anthony Redman Editor
Steve Shewchuk Set Decoration/Design
Norman Snider Screenwriter
Joyce Taylor Screenwriter
Theo Van de Sande Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Fix Me [6:19]
2. Every Second Counts [10:05]
3. One Day at a Time [6:03]
4. Same Old Dad [4:22]
5. Freak of Science [8:28]
6. Something Is Not Right [8:36]
7. A Mind of Its Own [8:30]
8. I Want it Off [5:38]
9. Where Does Evil Live? [4:41]
10. Fletcher's Limbs [7:54]
11. I'm Next [5:20]
12. Whole Again [12:09]

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