Bill (Jeff Fahey) is a professional criminal psychologist with a passion and desire to understand better what makes a criminal commit horrific crimes. Bill is also attempting to write a book but is struggling. He even feels like he is failing to get anywhere with the criminals he regularly visits. While driving to work one day, Bill is involved in a brutal car accident and loses one of his arms. Thankfully, a procedure becomes available where he can inherit someone else’s arm!
Now, Bill is ready to get his life back on track, but he notices strange events occurring at random moments shortly after his operation. Sometimes Bill can’t control his arm, even becoming violent towards others, including his own family. On top of this, he begins to have visions and nightmares which he suspects might not belong to him. Looking into the arm donor’s history, Bill discovers that his new arm belonged to a recently executed serial killer!
Body Parts is best described as a horror film with some solid moments of thrills. Bill’s car accident is one of many unexpected moments in this film, and once he gets his new arm, several mysteries are introduced. Bill grapples with why he is getting creepy visions and having haunting nightmares. And more importantly, what will the end results be to correct his current new situation? All of these mysteries help audiences feel like they are on a journey with Bill to find out all the facts and truth.
Actor Jeff Fahey is fine here, and I enjoyed moments from him that are more unsettling and darker. The script certainly has moments that feel slightly corny to accept. Still, the film’s plot and outline are a lot of fun, and I found myself rather curious to see the outcomes. I wasn’t sure whether the leading character would make it out alive or perhaps turn into a serial killer himself. There’s a nice level of unpredictability here, and the plot itself is quite different to anything I’ve ever seen before. While the film doesn’t deliver much action, some of the practical effects sequences did impress me.
Overall, this is a quite pleasing horror film with the bonus of mystery. While some lines of dialogue might seem outdated or even a tad corny, Body Parts is lots of fun. There are unpredictable moments and great stunt or practical effects sequences. For the most part, Jeff Fahey is fine here, but the actor certainly shines best when his character is crazy and creepy.