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Directed by
Produced by
Written by
  • Jay Duplass
  • Mark Duplass
Music by J. Scott Howard
Cinematography Jay Duplass
Edited by Jay Deuby
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release dates
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $140,106[1]

Baghead is a 2008 comedy horror film written and directed by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass. The film stars Ross Partridge, Elise Muller, Greta Gerwig, and Steve Zissis. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2008.[2] The film was released in a limited release on July 13, 2008, by Sony Pictures Classics.[3]


Four actors, Matt (Ross Partridge), Catherine (Elise Muller), Michelle (Greta Gerwig), and Chad (Steve Zissis) go to a cabin in the woods to write, direct, and act in a film that will jump-start their careers. Their idea is a horror film about a man with a paper bag over his head, but what happens when that man mysteriously shows up? The actors suddenly find themselves in a dangerous situation where their lives are put at risk as they try to escape the mysterious bag-head.



The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2008.[4] Shortly after it was announced Sony Pictures Classics had acquired distribution rights to the film.[5] The film went on to premiere at SXSW on March 9, 2008.[6] and the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26, 2008.[7] The film was released in a limited release in the United States on July 13, 2008.[8] The film had its European premiere at the Mar del Plata Film Festival on November 6, 2008.[9] and The Hamburg Film Festival in September 2009.[10]


This film received mostly positive reviews from Duane Byrge (The Hollywood Reporter), Bill Weber (Slant Magazine), Peter Debruge (Variety) and Scott Weinberg (FEARnet). It also received two "See It"s from Michael Phillips and Richard Roeper during At the Movies. The film currently holds a rating of 79% on review aggregator RottenTomatoes, based on 94 reviews.


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