Due to the resurgence of horror anthology films as of late, it only seemed fitting to go back and watch all of the ones I may have missed over the years. With the perfect mix of slasher flick, sci-fi thriller, and supernatural terror, what better anthology to watch than John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper’s Body Bags!
The cast of this 1993 made-for-tv movie is packed to the brim with stars, including Tom Arnold, Robert Carradine, David Naughton, Peter Jason, and additional cameos by some real greats — Sam Raimi, Wes Craven, Roger Corman, etc. Every one of these actors did a wonderful job, but the real star of the entire film was Mark Hamill as Brent Matthews in Hooper’s short, Eye.
Body Bags consists of two entries by Carpenter and one by Hooper. While Carpenter’s work is full of fun cheese and over-the-top stories, Hooper’s has more of a serious tone, making sure to include anything a horror fan could ask for.
What makes this film even more enjoyable is the great music provided by the master himself, John Carpenter, and the always amazing special effects by KNB.
If you’re a fan of Tales from the Darkside or Tales from the Crypt, you definitely need to watch Body Bags. For the best quality transfer and some amazing extra features, be sure to pick up a copy of Shout! Factory’s special edition release.
I give this film 4 horror directors out of 5.