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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Body Bags Movie Review 400

Body Bags is a 1993 horror anthology film directed by John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper. There are three different stories in this movie.

A creepy coroner(played by Carpenter introduces the stories. The first story is called 'The Gas Station' and it is directed by John Carpenter. A young woman called Anne (Alex Datcher) is starting work at a gas station at night. She is dropped off by her pal and she meets the guy working there called Bill(Robert Carradine). He seems nice and he explains everything to her about the job and heads off. He tells her to call him if there is any problem. The gas station in near Haddonfield(a nod to the Halloween movies) and a killer is on the loose. Anne is jumpy as her first customer approaches the window. He just happens to be played by Wes Craven! The second guy is called Pete and he is played by David Naughton who was the lead character in An American Werewolf in London. He is cute and Anne likes him. He fills his car up with gas, but forgets his credit card. A homeless guy turns up and scared Anne. He wants the key to the bathroom. He is played by George 'Buck' Flower who is a Carpenter regular. She gets nervous and thinks that the killer is around. She tries to call the police, but the phone line has been cut. She runs over to the garage to a car but finds the dead body of the homeless guy in it. She is horrified and realises that Bill is the name of the guy who had the job before her. The Bill that she met was the killer! She finds the dead body of the real Bill who is played by Sam Raimi. She runs into the killer and they fight.He is going to kill her, but is stopped by Pete who came back for his credit card. She crushes the killer by lowering a car onto him.

The next segment is called 'Hair' and is directed by Tobe Hooper. A guy called Richard(played by Stacy Keach) is obsessed with his thinning hair. He tries everything to make it look better but nothing works. He is annoying his girlfriend, Megan(Sheena Easton). He sees an advertisement for a special clinic which helps people with thinning hair . It is headed by Dr.Lock(David Warner) and his nurse played by Debbie Harry. He goes there and undergoes a procedure. The next morning when he wakes up, he has long flowing hair. His girlfriend loves it and he feels like a man. Unfortunately, the hair is growing everywhere and it seems to be alive. He looks at the hairs that he cut and they look like little snakes. Horrified, he goes back to the clinic where he is told that he has been a guinea pig in an alien experiment. Lock and his nurse are aliens and they are taking over by planting their little snakes in people who want new hair. Richard is taken away and Dr. Lock waits for his next victim.

The last segment is called 'Eye' and it is also directed by Carpenter. It begins with a baseball player called Brent Matthews played by Mark Hamill. He is doing really well and his life is going great when he is involved in a car crash. He loses his eye. He doesn't want his career to end so he undergoes a surgical procedure to replace his eye. His wife Cathy is played by Twiggy and she is pregnant. His surgery goes well and he seems to be okay, but then he starts to have horrible visions of a murder. He finds out that his eye came from a serial killer who is dead but Brent thinks that he is possessing him to kill. He tells his wife, but she thinks that he is going mad. When he tries to kill his wife, he realises that he can't go on like this so he stabs himself in the eye and dies.

The movie ends with the coroner getting back into his body bag, revealing that he is dead already. Two mortuary attendants come to have a look at his body. They are Tom Arnold and Tobe Hooper! This was a very entertaining movie. I like horror anthologies and this was great fun. There were lots of cool cameos and the stories were interesting. I would recommend this and I will give it a 7/10.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Surrogate Movie Review 399

The Surrogate is a 2013 TV thriller directed by Doug Campbell and starring Cameron Mathison,Annie Wersching and Amy Scott.

Famous author Jacob Kelly(Mathison) and his wife Allison(Wersching) are a married couple who desperately want a child. Allison can't have a child after having ovarian cancer so they are thinking of getting a surrogate to help them. Jacob works at a college and there is a young woman there called Kate(Scott) who has a huge crush on him and has fantasies about him. He is totally oblivious to her.
When she happens to overhear that he and his wife are looking for a surrogate and have found someone who is suitable, she finds the woman and kills her.She doesn't realise that the woman has a boyfriend who wants to find out what happened to his girlfriend.

Kate wants to be the surrogate for the Kellys and that way she can weasel her way into their lives. She has her eye on Jacob and she pretends to them that she just wants to help them be happy. They are delighted that she is going to help them and the process starts. When Kate gets pregnant, they are ecstatic. Kate and Allison become good friends. But Kate takes a photo of Jacob's credit card details and she orders roses and lingerie from him to her. She also gets his password for his work email and sends romantic emails from Jacob to her. She makes herself out to be innocent of any wrongdoing.
Everything seems to be going well when Kate shows up at the Kelly's house and pretends to be upset. She knows that Jacob is alone and that Allison is on the way home. She suddenly begins to get upset and act as if Jacob has done something to her as Allison arrives back.

Allison asks him what is going on and he doesn't know. She talks to Kate who is happy to tell her and show her the emails and the presents that he sent her. She thinks that he has been trying to come on to Kate and, as he had cheated before, she thinks that he wanted to have an affair. This causes a rift between the couple. Kate is confronted by the boyfriend of the woman that she killed. He is going to call the cops but she stabs him and kills him. She ruins Jacob's life which really makes me wonder how she expects him to fall in love with her. He is fired from his job after Kate says that he hit her.
Allison wants a divorce. He is at his wits end when he goes to visit Kate to confront her. Allison follows him and overhears that Kate is in love with him and obsessed with him. She realises that
Kate has framed her husband. She confronts Kate but Kate tells them that she will kill the baby if they call the police.

The movie takes a ridiculous turn when Allison and Jacob come up with a plan. Jacob tells Kate that he will move in with her as Allison has left him. She tells him that they can go to a mansion that she has in the middle on nowhere and she takes his phone. She has a shrine to him in the house and she tells him that he can write his new novel and she will proof read it for him. He passes notes to his wife through a wall and we find out that Allison has taken a house beside them and it is all a plan to get the baby. Kate finds out and she chains Jacob up even though she has gone into labour!!Figure that one out!!!!The movie ends with Kate trying to run away just after she has the baby. The Kellys call the Sheriff and take the baby and Kate is taken into custody. This movie was a bit silly but entertaining all the same. It is a TV movie so you can't expect too much but it kept me watching and it wasn't too bad. The hilarious ending where a woman in labour manages to shackle a big guy to a post while getting a rifle and shooting at the wife is priceless! I will give it a 4/10.

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