Body Double

Body Double

DVD - 1998
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A house-sitting actor finds himself obsessed with his beautiful neighbor. When she is brutally murdered, he engages the unwitting key to the crime, porn queen Holly Body, to help him catch the killer.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, [1998]
ISBN: 9780767818049
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jul 28, 2016

A cult auteur who came of age in the 70s, Brian De Palma has inspired strong opinions on either side. Some see him as a clever genre master who is a legitimate heir to Hitchcock, while others deride his lurid use of sex and violence and his often derivative themes and style. For an auteur, he's made a lot of crap, including "Mission to Mars," "Raising Cain," and "Snake Eyes." For me his best film is "Blow Out," his most enjoyable is "Phantom of Paradise," his most underrated is "Casualties of War," and his most overrated is "Scarface." 1984's "Body Heat" is an inane mix of sex and violence that I guess is an erotic thriller, but it's neither. I mean, there is a lot of gratuitous nudity, but it's more comic than sexy. Inspired by the use of a body double for Angie Dickinson on "Dressed to Kill," it's the familiar Hitchcock plot of an innocent man drawn into violence and mystery. There's also a generous dollop of "Rear Window" (voyeurism) and "Vertigo" (obsession). It's all very obvious and very silly. You probably could find a more leaden and talent-less leading man than Craig Wasson (even his name is boring), but it would take a while. A young Melanie Griffith plays a porn actress name Holly Body. Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax" is
prominently featured. Overall, an embarrassingly bad and profoundly un-entertaining film.


if you haven't yet seen this film, then i suggest that you continue to wait; truly wretched!
the score/soundtrack is the only remotely, redeemable aspect of this stinker. woof!!

aaa5756 Mar 15, 2012

This movie was entertaining but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance--good T and A show”.


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