Episode 68: Body Double

DIABOLICAL: Evil Schemes Done Better

Oct 16 2023 • 55 mins

“Although he kills his wife in quite a horrible way, he seems like a nice guy to me”

The Panel of Peril take a break from polishing their telescope: they’ve been going at it hard and their forearms are sore. In that downtime they take in the film of the week: Body Double (Brian De Palma, 1984).

Jake (Craig Wasson) is a down on his luck actor. His role as a vampire in a B movie is threatened by his crippling claustrophobia and his girlfriend is having an affair. At an acting workshop he meets Sam (Gregg Henry), a fellow actor with a plush spare apartment that overlooks the beautiful Gloria’s (Deborah Shelton) abode. What a stroke of luck for Jake! Or is it? A mysterious black-clad “Indian” appears to be stalking Gloria and taunting Jake. But what is his endgame?

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMG8V7Am8zI

********PLOT SPOILER ALERT********

Sam’s motives are very much ulterior. He plans to rob/murder Gloria who is actually his wife (!), and has installed a body double in her apartment for Jake to spy on so that Jake can be his alibi… deep breath. No one’s saying it isn’t a convoluted scheme, but it just might work! Can wet-behind-the-ears Jake decipher Sam’s machinations, or will he take the fall for the murderous master of disguise?

What the actual flip did the panel make of this one? How the actual flip can they improve upon the villain’s dastardly scheme? And who the actual flip will be victorious in this week’s competition?

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