Body Bags (1993)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Horror, Comedy  |  8 August 1993 (USA)
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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. The third about a baseball player.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgue Worker #1 (segment "The Morgue")
Morgue Worker #2 (segment "The Morgue")
Bill (segment "The Gas Station")
Alex Datcher ...
Anne (segment "The Gas Station")
Gent (segment "The Gas Station")
Divorcee (segment "The Gas Station")
Pasty Faced Man
Dead Bill (segment "The Gas Station")
Pete (segment "The Gas Station")
Stranger (segment "The Gas Station") (as Buck Flower)
Peggy (segment "The Gas Station")
Roger Rooks ...
TV Anchorman (segment "The Gas Station")
Richard Coberts (segment "Hair")
Dr. Lock (segment "Hair")


Three short stories in the horror genre. The first about a serial killer. The second about a hair transplant gone wrong. The third about a baseball player. Written by Stefan Andersson <>

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Was made as the pilot episode for a proposed anthology series to air on Showtime, but Showtime pulled the plug. See more »


In "The Gas Station" when "Bill" falls to the floor after being struck by Anne, you can briefly see his prop machete fold as it hits the ground. See more »


The Coroner: Ah, body bags. You see, if it's murder, suicide or a nasty accident, they put them in here.
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Referenced in Midnight Movie Review: Body Bags (2011) See more »


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 (United States) – See 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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