Body Parts (20th Anniversary screening, director Eric Red in person!)

Cinema’s long-standing fascination with limbs that rebel against their owners dates all the way back to the ‘20s, with The Hands of Orlac — but Eric Red (creator of The Hitcher and Near Dark) flat-out perfected the formula with Body Parts, a white-knuckle manic thriller woefully underseen upon its release in the horror-challenged early ‘90s, but densely ripe for rediscovery. Jeff Fahey plays a scientist who loses his arm in an auto accident, only to get a replacement “part” from a deceased (you guessed it!) serial killer. What makes Red’s take on the idea stand out is the masterful way he ratchets up the tension; the guy knows how to styishly tighten the screws ‘til the wood is stripped, never letting up. Add to that one of the all-time astounding car chase setpieces, as well as Fahey’s crazed, inspired performance (which could honestly give Jack Nicholson’s turn in The Shining a run for its money), and you have yourself a bonafide hidden treasure. Writer/director Eric Red will be here at the Cinefamily for a Q&A after the film!

Dir. Eric Red, 1991, 35mm, 88 min.

Watch the trailer for “Body Parts”!

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