“Body Bags” is a film I feel deserves more recognition, it’s just so entertaining that it leaves you grinning from one ear to the other. If you are one of the people who haven’t seen it then I urge you to make sure you do, I’m sure you won’t regret it.
Miscellaneous facts about the film:
In “The Gas Station”, as Bill is watching TV, the anchorman mentions a body was found in Haddonfield, a reference to John Carpenter’s earlier film, Halloween (1978).
This film features many great horror directors that act and/or direct. John Carpenter director of Halloween (1978) plays “The Coroner” and introduces each segment as well as directs two of the stories, “The Gas Station” and “Hair”, Tobe Hooper director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) plays “Morgue Worker # 2” and directs the last segment, “The Eye”, Wes Craven director of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) plays “Pasty-Faced Man” at the gas station, Sam Raimi director of The Evil Dead (1981) plays “Dead Bill”, and Roger Corman plays Dr. Bregman in the segment “Eye”.
John Carpenter spent three hours in the make-up chair for his role as The Coroner.
Clive Barker was asked to play a role, but had to decline because he was busy at the time.
The scene where Stacy Keach unwraps his long hair in front of the mirror was done in a single take.
The buxom woman in the morgue was provided by Ron Jeremy.
The segment “The Gas Station” was shot completely at night.
Peter Jason drove his own car in the segment “The Gas Station.”
The last story in The movie “Body Bags” is entitled “Eye,” and the story has a particularly strange personal connection to both lead actors Mark Hamill and Lesley Lawson (better known as the model “Twiggy”). In “Eye” Mark Hamill is a minor league baseball player who crashes his car and loses his right eye, and Lawson plays his wife. In 1977, Hamill crashed his car in real life and required seven hours of reconstructive surgery to his face, leaving his appearance noticeably changed in the movie “Return of the Jedi.” Lesley Lawson’s first husband In real life was actor Michael Whitney. Before he started his acting career Whitney played for the Hornell Dodgers and the Great Falls Electrics, both minor league baseball teams.
David Naughton has a cameo in the first story of “Body Bags” titled ” The Gas Station.” He is part probably most famous for his lead role in “American Werewolf in London.” The keyboard music playing as Naughton gets up in the garage sounds strangely similar to Ennio Morricone’s song ” Animals and Encounters” which was featured in the movie ” Wolf,” which starred Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pheifer as werewolves, and which came out at around the same time as “Body Bags.”