John Carpenter’s long out of print 1993 cult favorite Showtime anthology film Body Bags is coming to Blu-ray and DVD in a new 20th anniversary special edition from Scream Factory, the current champions in home entertainment who gave you Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and They Live last year, as well as The Fog coming this summer.
Body Bags is in many ways a direct precursor to Showtime’s Masters of Horror series, of which Carpenter would later direct two hour-long episodes.
The film was hosted by Carpenter himself, acting as a sort of Crypt Keeper-like morgue worker who introduces each of the three short films – two directed by Carpenter and one by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist).
Carpenter’s wife and producing partner Sandy King Carpenter told JohnCarpenterMovies.com via Twitter this week that she has provided Scream Factory with “the original uncut elements” of the film, meaning we may be getting both the version that aired on Showtime and an alternate unedited version of the film included in the set!
Starring Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Sushi Girl), Stacy Keach (Escape From L.A.), and Robert Carradine (Airplane), Body Bags also features cameo appearances by directors Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Oz The Great and Powerful), Roger Corman (Little Shop of Horrors), and both Hooper and Carpenter.
We will keep you posted on exactly what bonus features will be included as they are announced.