A long time ago in the land of yesterday I worked at Blockbuster Video or as Shawn Savage and many others lovingly refer to as… Cockbuster. Late fees? We don’t need no stinking late fees. Well during my short tenor at that video rental abomination that killed so many fine mom and pop shops we had a little movie called Body Bags on the shelf and, despite my best efforts to see all the horror movies in the store, I felt compelled to NOT watch it. I couldn’t be taken in even by the laundry list of stars or the promise of a “John Carpenter presents” movie/show. I must’ve caught it somewhere along the lines because listening to Jeff Konopka and Shawn Savage rag on the Stacy Keach segment about hair growth pretty much reminded me about just how bad this flick was. Funny and maybe even intentionally funny at times, but it was also just bad. Like Michael Jackson BAD. Even if it resembles the TV show Tales from the Crypt, don’t be fooled. Even if the packaging looks “cool”… BEWARE.
Body Bags comes from a period in John Carpenter’s career where he wasn’t creating the finest productions and seemed to have less control than he really would have liked. Coming off the production of Memoirs of the Invisible Man would pretty much make any one start to sour on Hollywood and we all know how Mr. Carpenter loves to verbally abuse the great movie making machine.
This entry into the John Carpenter Retrospective series will focus on making you laugh. The guys really lay into the film and spare no expense to let you know just how bad it is. These are guys who love the Carpenter, so for them to enforce an all out assault on one of his projects even during his “blah” period is a thing of wonderment. Take the time to listen and enjoy. I’m fairly certain you’ll enjoy the podcast more than you’ll like the movie. Sure, Body Bags has a cavalcade of big stars (horror and non) and a buffet of appearances by horror directors that you can’t believe would appear in this shit show.
Make sure you don’t pay the asking price for the flick. It’s selling for $50 in some places as the DVD is out print. This movie is artificially high in price due to lack of availability. The price says nothing about the quality and we urge you to find it elsewhere. Try cable TV. Maybe your local red box (yeah right). Feel no need to watch it if you aren’t a die hard JC fan. We don’t even think John would want you to spend $50 on it. We’re pretty sure that you can send that money to Jeff Konopka to fund the Dead Air podcast (which is obviously worth funding duh). You might try searching YouTube if you’re feeling like you absolutely see a scene or two from this film (tee hee hee). Maybe you’ll find a scene or two.
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Next up in this series. IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS… which is not only one of our favorite Carpenter movies. It’s also one of my favorite movies!