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Brian De Palma invites you to witness a seduction... a mystery... a murder. It’s BODY DOUBLE — a spine-tingling look at voyeurism and sexuality from the modern master of suspense. Jake Scully (Craig Wasson), an unemployed actor, is asked to house-sit at a luxurious hillside apartment. As a bonus, the home offers Jake a telescopic peek into the bedroom of Gloria Revelle (Deborah Shelton), who performs an arousing striptease. When Jake discovers another man is also spying on Gloria, he begins an obsessive surveillance of her. Soon a grisly murder leads him into the world of X-rated ﬁlm where he meets sexy porn queen Holly Body (Melanie Grifﬁth), who is a key to the crime. De Palma has created a gripping adult thriller of eroticism and horror!
- "The Seduction" featurette
- "The Setup" featurette
- "The Mystery" featurette
- "The Controversy" featurette
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The plot revolves around a failing actor (who could use some serious couch time, if you know what I mean), who becomes obsessed with "the girl next door" - a sexy neighbor whose `jones' for late-night dancing in the "all-together" and abhorrence for window blinds makes house-sitting worth the lousy pay. And as we've seen in dozens of erotic thrillers, someone dies, someone is accused, and our hero must save the girl and get the bad guy. Nice twists along the way keep this one very intriguing (though some "haters" will surely say they figured this one out long before the credits roll). What makes this film unique and a great view are:
A spectacularly hot, 28 year old Melanie Griffith, who about steals the movie and registers a "'10' on the peter meter" whenever she's on-screen.
The beautiful mystery brunette (Deborah Shelton) with unbelievable bedroom eyes.
Tons of sexy skin, stripping and erotic situations that'll get your blood going.
Great inside-the-movie-biz references, including a plunge into LA's adult film under-world.
Fine performances by the actors, with a story that reels you in and sound direction by De Palma.
An appearance by 80s group Frankie Goes to Hollywood, performing "Relax" (that song never gets old to me, at least).
Sure, there are elements of real, American "cheese" here; leaps in logic (the plot tenuously hinges on a couple "convenient" things happening at just the right time) and an overall "over-the-top" feel will turn some viewers off and have them scrambling for the remote. But Body Double is truly one of those late night cable classics that many have duplicated, but few have surpassed. It has just enough art, just enough schlock and just enough brains to keep your attention - and did I mention Melanie Griffith?