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Episode #82: Body Parts

Listen to Episode 82 of the Podcast here while you enjoy the show notes.


SUMMARY - In Body Parts, Bill Chrushank (played by Jeff Fahey) is involved in a near fatal car accident while heading to work. He is thrown out of the windshield and he loses his left arm in the incident. Dr. Agatha Webb (played by Lindsay Duncan) gets permission to perform an arm transplant on Bill, but the donor is a vicious death row inmate. Now that Bill has recovered, he is starting to have nasty visions and his new arm seems to have a mind of its own.


Screenplay by Eric Red and Norman Snider; Directed by Eric Red; and released on August 2, 1991.


FILM DISCUSSION

There's some brief introduction to Bill's character that leads us to believe the movie will focus more on the psychology of everything happening

Then we get into the car crash, which is impressive, but apparently censored from the original vision.

There are several plot problems that we get into but one is asking the wife for permission to do the transplant when the husband is clearly conscious.

This arm does not look usable.

The director tries to create some atmosphere and get a bit fancy with the camerawork, but it doesn't quite get to the same level as something like Cape Fear.

A lot of the acting is good. Unfortunately, not all of the dialogue or situations are.

We needed more Brad Dourif in this movie. He commanded every scene with an absolutely perfect character.

The movie takes a while to wind up, but it does get better as time goes on. Again, some of the dialogue does not.

There are some neat gory parts and the car "chase?" sequence was very well done

Parts of this movie reminded us of other films we've seen so far, such as "The Unborn"

But it was better than that and others we compare it to. It could have been a disaster, but it ended up being a really fun adventure.

Awards Talk: It was a Saturn Award winner for Best Music and nominated for Best Horror Film, Director, and Make-Up. At the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, it won Best Supporting Actor for Brad Dourif and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Duncan), Best Soundtrack, and Best Makeup FX


TRUE CRIME & POP CULTURE

This week our true crime segment focuses on Director Eric Red and his car crashing into a building. Here are some of the resources we used

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2000-sep-23-me-25541-story.html


https://variety.com/2000/film/news/two-dead-in-helmer-s-crash-1117782174/


https://www.laweekly.com/death-race-2000/


We've covered the music in past episodes, so we jump to TV where you may have seen the Pan American Games -

https://wagymnastics.fandom.com/wiki/1991_Havana_Pan_American_Games

Here is a video of the Opening Ceremonies

RANKINGS & RATINGS

Nikki 1-5 star scale - 3 out of 5

Jon 0-4 star scale - 2 1/2 out of 4

Would you watch it again? - We were nitpicking this movie because it could have been a lot better. What we got was still plenty of fun with good, frantic sequences and some moody storytelling. A few adjustments and it could have been great, but we would still gladly watch this again.


If you want to watch Body Parts, as of this recording in September 2022, it’s available on Digital Rental, VHS, DVD. Check your local listings.


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