Body Parts (1991)
Written By: DMG
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Eric Red
Producer: Frank Mancuso Jr.
Screenplay: Eric Red, Norman Snider
Date Released: August 2, 1991
Jeff Fahey as Bill Chrushank
Brad Dourif as Remo Lacey
Kim Delaney as Karen Chrushank
Zakes Mokae as Detective Sawchuck
Lindsay Duncan as Dr. Agatha Webb
Paul Ben-Victor as Ray Kolberg
Peter Murnik as Mark Draper
John Walsh as Charley Fletcher
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Professor Bill Chrushank recently got into a car accident. Although he survives the car crash, he loses his arm in the process. When he arrives at the hospital, his wife is given the option to allow the hospital doctor, Dr. Webb, to give her husband a new arm from another donor. With a now working hand, he is able to function as he did before. Unfortunately, what Dr. Webb failed to mention is that the arm belongs to an executed murderer. Soon, Bill starts to hallucinate and imagine terrible and violent visions. What’s worse, he may not even truly have control of his new arm.
Body Parts as the name would suggest incorporates you named it, many scenes of severed limbs. In some scenes, there are scenes which show limbs being torn off. The film as a whole does not have a lot of grotesque scenes but enough to make a point.
The Grave Review
Body Parts has a really great cast. Jeff Fahey, Brad Dourif and Paul Ben-Victor. On a personal note, Jeff Fahey is one of those underrated actors who never seemed to get into the spot light and should be commended for his role as Bill. He is an excellent actor and flourishes in these psychedelic roles. However, all three actors along with the other members of the cast performed exceptionally well and made the film enjoyable and exciting to watch. Towards the beginning of the film, actor, Paul Ben-Victor has a mini monologue which is well performed. Ben-Victor had always played secondary characters, but this monologue really showed what he could have potentially done. Unfortunately, that’s Hollywood.
The story is best classified as a horror/mystery. The anticipation of the film keeps you watching to find out more details. As Bill uncovers more about his surgery and the possible side effects that it had on him as well as others, details start to paint the entire picture. Unfortunately, there are some unexplained loopholes such as why the violent images and tendencies affected only Bill and not the other beneficial patients of the surgery. The explanation at the end of the film as to why his new limb no longer affected him also felt rushed and unclear. But without dissecting thep plot too much, the film as a whole was sound.
Overall, Body Parts is a good watch and recommended for those who may be interested in psychological horror. If you are looking for a film where your interreptation is needed, this film may be the one for you. That is, “Does evil lay in the skin?”
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Body Parts (1991) three graves out of five graves.
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