|this scene isn't in the movie, and I don't think that lady is, either|
Director: Brian DePalma
I have two memories of Body Double (1984) existing, although this was the first time I'd seen the film.
1. This movie was always on the shelf at every video store and had a sorta naked lady on the cover, sporting at least slightly less clothes than a Sears underwear ad. It's ubiquity was part of my growing recognition that grown-ups did go and see movies with skin in them that were about sexiness - and that did not equal "porn". So, I guess this cover was part of my realization that genre included the "erotic thriller" alongside slasher flicks and Rated-R comedies.
2. In high school I read American Psycho, which was not on the reading list. I'm in no rush to return to the book, but the movie turns satire into straight up comedy. I dunno. The film felt defanged to me, but was probably the only way to get it made. One sign of Bateman's... issues was that he belonged to a video club and would continually check out and return Body Double. It's an ongoing concern in the book whether he has returned his tape and whether it's available.
Like a lot of movies I felt were not going to be something I could rent as a kid, I sort of compartmentalized Body Double and just never saw it. So, after Paul and I were talking about DePalma for reasons tied to a different film, I figured I'd take 6th grade me who'd seen this movie's cover so many times and finally just watch the thing.