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Apparently, Body Bags was going to be an anthology series that was reworked as an anthology movie, so mileage varies though producer John Carpenter seems to gave fun laying the gallows humor quite thick as the crypt-keeping "Coroner" (Tobe Hooper shows up in the framing sequences briefly, as is responsible for directing the third segment, Carpenter the rest). In fact, watch for cameos by Sam Raimie, Wes Craven and Roger Corman too. There's no doubt in my mind that "The Gas Station" is the strongest segment. Truthfully, I could have watched a whole film of Alex Datcher (who was in an episode of TNG around this time) working the night shift and getting scared than any given guy or noise was the slasher on the loose, even if it never came to anything. A great representation of what women tell it's like to walk alone at night. "Hair" is the obligatory science-fiction piece, and rather silly, with bouncy jazz music to pointedly remind us this is a comedy. It's okay, though it has the best cast with Stacy Keach, David Warner, Sheena Easten and Debbie Harry(!). As for "Eye", though it has the virtue of starring 90s-stache Mark Hamill, it's the old evil transplant story, and I could see everything coming a mile away. While I only really care about the first of this trio of gory camp fire tales, it, the interstitials and the stunt casting are enough for me to recommend it.
A nice, fun little collaboration. Lots of appearances from familiar faces including Wes Craven, Blondie, and Twiggy. John Carpenter is great as the quirky morgue worker in between segments and his first piece is probably the best in the anthology.
Tobe Hooper's addition was also surprisingly good, I really expected something more cringeworthy from late Hooper and although it wasn't exactly original it was still engaging and well made. Although I suspect Tobe probably isn't as good an actor himself as Carpenter seeing as how they placed him as morgue employee for all of ten seconds at the end.
A rather dull anthology full of discarded ideas not suitable for feature length.. The cameos are cool if you like that sort of thing. Tobe Hooper's Eye is the best of the lot because Mark Hamill is doing the finest work of his career.
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