Starring Craig Wasson, Gregg Henry, Melanie Griffith, Deborah Shelton, Dennis Franz
Wild. Exciting. Surprising.
An out of work actor, Jake Scully (Wasson), catches a break when a friendly near-stranger (Henry) offers him a job house-sitting for a short period of time. While there, Jake discovers, through a telescope, a beautiful woman doing a striptease in the window of a nearby house. Soon the erotic window peeping leads to Jake witnessing that woman’s murder, followed by an obsessive need for him to solve it. Like the best of De Palma’s work, Body Double is like an R-rated Hitchcock film. With obvious ties to Vertigo (Scully suffers from claustrophobia) and Rear Window, De Palma uses many of Hitchcock’s old plot devices for his own dazzlingly stylish and enticing mysteries. Many won’t appreciate his lack of subtlety or his propensity for schlock, but I think it’s fantastic. Melanie Griffith has a small but scene-stealing role as a famous pornographic actress. Also really enjoyed the slightly random inclusion of Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-