Body Double (1984)
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Talk about a cult classic! This movie from 1984 stars Craig Wasson and a stunning Melanie Griffith, this is a Hitchcock-esque as you can get.
You’ll recognize a scene in the movie where Frankie Goes To Hollywood “Relax” is used. While it’s not the original music video for the song, the song was chosen for the movie and used for that scene and let me tell you, it’s hot.
Written and directed by Brian DePalma, it won Melanie Griffith a Natl. Society Film Critics Award while the movie was nominated for A Golden Globw Award.
Jake Scully (Craig Wasson) is a struggling actor who has lost his role as a vampire in a low-budget horror movie after his claustrophobia thwarts shooting. After returning home to discover his girlfriend (Barbara Crampton) cheating on him, he splits and is left without a place to stay (the residence belongs to her).
At a method acting class, he meets Sam Bouchard (Gregg Henry) who closely monitors Scully’s revelation of his fears and the childhood cause of his claustrophobia. They go to a bar where Scully is offered a place to stay; Sam’s rich friend has gone on a trip to Europe and needs a house-sitter for his ultra-modern home in the Hollywood Hills.
During the tour of the house with Scully, Sam is especially enthusiastic about showing Scully one feature: a telescope, and through it a female neighbor, Gloria Revelle (Deborah Shelton), who erotically dances at a specific time each night.
Scully peeps in on Gloria each night until he sees her being abused by a man she appears to know. The next day he follows her when she goes shopping. Gloria makes calls to an unknown person promising to meet them. Scully also notices a disfigured “Indian”, a man he had noticed was watching Gloria a few days prior.
Scully follows her to a seaside motel where apparently Gloria has been stood up by the person she was there to meet. On the beach the Indian suddenly snatches her purse. Scully pursues him into a nearby tunnel but is overcome by his claustrophobia. Gloria walks him out of it. They impulsively and passionately kiss before she retreats.
That night Scully is again watching through the telescope when the Indian returns and breaks into Gloria’s home. Scully races to save her but is attacked by Gloria’s vicious dog. Gloria is brutally murdered by the Indian with a huge handheld drill….. for more click the link below
Budgeted at anywhere from 6-10 million, the movie was a disappointment at the box office, bringing in 10 million dollars but, like many through the years, it’s cult following has more than made up for it since them I’m sure.
Source: Sal Amato