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Pieces [DVD]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A lad kills his mom after she punishes him for doing a jig-saw puzzle of a nude. Now 40 years later young girls are being slashed and pieces removed from them as a human puzzle is being assembled. But who?

This is a classic 80s film complete with Linda Day George. It has killing, gore, nude scenes with a full frontal. Everything a guy wants in a slasher film.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2012
I have the Grindhouse Releasing special edition of Juan Piquer Simon's low-rent slasher cheesefest, PIECES (1982).I love the absurdity of this film and can watch it again and again. I'll probably double-dip and get Arrow's DVD too, as they always put a lot of effort into their releases. If you dig juicy gore scenes, ridiculous dialogue, chainsaw mayhem, and random chopsocky action, then this is the movie for you!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2012
This is indeed a must own classic slasher horror from the early 80s, one of the best in terms of a good classic who did it story where everyone is suspicious, very twisted in places with a great shock ending, plenty of juicy blood and gore moments with a chainsaw most of the time, it has all the classic ingredients, if your into horror and love old school horror from the 80s this is a must see at any cost.
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on 20 February 2015
Unlike most shocker slashers from the 80s it must be said that Pieces definetly delivers on the gore front. A part Spanish/US movie Pieces is about a deranged chainsaw killer roaming the halls of a Boston University and killing off one by one female students. There is plenty of gore to be seen (the front cover actually happens).

The movie becomes a whodunnit and the detective played by Christopher George is brought in to get the killer. George is one of the main reasons along with the gore to watch Pieces. He is great here and commands each scene he is in. His real life wife like most times Linda George also stars.

There are a few problems with the movie though. It has a lack of really memorable characters, it can also be quite pedestrian especially the middle of the movie. You do wonder had George not been in the movie how bad this could have sunk. But on the plus side there is the gore and some funny scenes. Take the very random out of nowhere kung fu scene for example. Pieces is better than a lot of slashers at this time, but probably not amongst the very best.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2011
1942, a young boy, Jimmy, is discovered by his mother putting together a jigsaw of a naked woman. Disgusted with Jimmy, she orders him to go and get a plastic bag so she can get rid of all the filth in his room. While she is looking for things to throw out, Jimmy enters the room with an axe and proceeds to hack his mother to pieces. For some reason the police feel it necessary to break into the house when the nanny informs them that she knocked on the door and there was no answer, upon entering the house they find the severed head of Jimmy's mother in one closet and Jimmy weeping in another. The police question the whereabouts of the father, the nanny claims that he's in Europe with the Air Force but he has an aunt who lives an hour away, and she can take Jimmy there.

Flash forward forty years to 1982, and we're at a college campus in Boston. It's obvious that the killer is now a grown up Jimmy, and despite a few red herrings, it's obvious which character Jimmy is despite a change of name. Girls at the campus are being butchered and chopped to pieces with the killer's favourite weapon being a chainsaw, it is up to Lt. Bracken, Sgt. Holden, Mary Riggs who works as a tennis coach but is an undercover officer, and a student called Kendall to discover the murderer's identity.

The acting is pretty dreadful, but if there's one type of film where I don't mind bad acting it's '80s horror films, specifically slasher films. Christopher George plays Lt. Bracken, George should be well known to horror fans for his work in City of the Living Dead, Graduation Day and Mortuary. His acting is terribly wooden yet strangely enjoyable, his character is probably the worst Lt. ever seen on screen. All of the actors give mediocre performances but like so many '80s slasher movies, the film is all the better for it. The dialogue between characters is an absolute joy, and the movie is unintentionally hilarious. There are a few other well known faces in the film including Paul L. Smith who appears as Willard the Janitor, he played the vicious warden in Midnight Express and Bluto in Popeye.

The film was directed by Spaniard Juan Piquer Simon, and just like another movie of his called Slugs, this film was also based in America but mostly shot in Valencia, Spain. Like Slugs, this film has a lot of Spanish actors in small roles who are dubbed and it makes the film funnier. This is one of the gorier slasher films from the early '80s, with a pig carcass used for the close-ups of chainsaws tearing through flesh. Some of the gore is fantastic, there's heads, arms and torsos being severed throughout the movie, and bucket loads of blood. Eli Roth has called the film "a masterpiece of early '80s sleaze", and it had two of the greatest taglines ever. "It's exactly what you think it is" and "You don't have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre".

Pieces is a film that divides a lot of people, for someone like myself who loves gore, crappy acting (only in '80s horror) and shockingly cheesy dialogue, then this is fantastic. If you don't love all those things then you probably won't enjoy Pieces all that much. For fans of unintentional comedy, there is so much to enjoy in Pieces. There's a totally random scene where Mary Riggs is attacked by a Kung Fu professor, the push button phone in the 1942 scene despite the fact push button phones weren't available to the public until 1963, the Lt. asking whether the chainsaw covered in blood lying next to the severed body could have been the murder weapon, the professional tennis coach who is clearly awful at tennis, Mary screaming "bastard" three times but more over-the-top each time, or maybe the sewn together, decaying corpse at the end suddenly shredding someone's crotch.

As usual with an Arrow release, there are plenty of extras.

Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork.
Collector's booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Stephen Thrower, author of 'Nightmare USA'.
Introduction by star Jack Taylor.
Pieces of Jack: An Actor's Experience of Spanish Splatter - Actor Jack Taylor recollects his experiences of performing in Pieces
Pieces of Deconstruction: Looking Back at a Grindhouse Gorefest - Hostel producer Scott Spiegel, filmmaker Howard S. Berger, critic Michael Gingold and horror historian Santos Ellin Jr. reflect on the lasting legacy, and lacerations of Pieces!
Audio Commentary with Fangoria magazine's Tony Timpone, sharing first hand recollections of the golden age of slasher cinema, moderated by Calum Waddell.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2011
Now we're talking!

Looking for a super gory slasher film? Looking for a film so bad its genius? Then look no further. For Pieces is just what the doc ordered! Featuring blood by the bucket loads and unintentional laughter throughout, this film would be a proud addition to any cultphile or horror fan out there. But this film is anything but your typical run-of-the-mill stalk and slash cycle. With a plot that takes the impressively vicious body count from such films as A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and FRIDAY THE 13TH mixed with a whodunit gillo-esque murder mystery, PIECES to be much much more than your cheap HALLOWEEN imitator.

The gore comes thick and fast in this crazy film, with buckets of the red stuff splashing all over the screen. From knifes to chainsaws and of course the waterbed death which has rightfully engraved its mark on the slasher genre. But that's not all, amid the gut-wrenching violence we're bombared with unbelievably ridiculous scenes that are bound to make even the most hardened of horror fans laugh out loud at how silly it all is. From a woman so stupid she has no fear whatsoever when sharing a lift with a masked man holding a roaring chainsaw (despite knowing there's a chainsaw killer on the loose) until its too late, to a tennis match thats bound to leave you in stiches and of course the incredible screaming "B*stard!" scene. This is a cult fan's dream come true!

If that's not enough, we're also treated to a great cast too. Consisting of such names as Chistopher George from zombie classic CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, Paul Smith perhaps best known for MIDNIGHT EXPRESS and Bluto in POPEYE and a whole load more.

This DVD comes compelete with some great special features too including introduction, a commentary and two featurettes/interviews. It also comes with a great and very informative booklet all about the film and reversible artwork too.

If you like your films drenched in the red stuff and packed with unintentional laughs, then this movie is perfect for you.

Highly, highly recommened.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2014
ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS! Comes with a great booklet & Poster as well. What more could you ask for?
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2011
Boston 1942.
A young boy building a naked lady jigsaw puzzle, gets told off by his mother for owning such filth and so he chops her up with an axe. Now I'm not condoning matricide but that woman is getting no sympathy from me. I was almost cheering him on.
Anyhow, the police arrive and find mum all chopped up and little Timmy hiding in the closet crying. They don't suspect the teary eyed child and so he gets away with his crime.

40 years later.
A young girl relaxing in her garden gets beheaded by chainsaw. But, before that, we see a skateboarding girl crash into a mirror for no obvious or plot related reason. Why? No idea, but it's not the most random thing in this film by a long way, but I'll get to that shortly.

Someone on the university campus is killing young girls and removing the body parts, but who?
We see gloved hands building the self same naked lady puzzle from before, only this time in stages. So once the head is built it's time for a bit of decapitation and then remove the head for your own collection. And so on with chest, arms etc.

This movie most definitely falls into the 'so bad it's good' category.
Never mind the terrible acting, the plot alone is so inconsistent and full of holes that it's like an interdimensional swiss cheese.

Let's take the charcter of Willard the gardener as an example. He's a suspect, after all he has chainsaw access and a squint. Early on it is established that he is only on campus for a few weeks and not long after he is found near a corpse, holding a chainsaw. He is then arrested then forgotten about as the police carry on investigating as if they haven't caught anyone. No mention is made of the character for some time until he is released due to lack of evidence, but no body seems that worried. In fact, despite all this some characters will go to him for help, at which point we find out that he has keys to just about every building on the campus. Not bad for a temporary gardener.

The film is very badly written but somehow likeable for how bad it is. The gloved hands struggle to build the puzzle and you can imagine the actor cursing the gloves that are hampering him. We generally see the killer in silhouette where he glides around as if he's on casters and no-one notices the chainsaw hidden behind his back until he brandishes it.
Oh and another thing. Who goes after a dancer for her arms? Surely the legs would be the target here?

Ok. Time for the most random scene in the film. Now I'll try not to ruin it but it involves (for no reason) a professor of kung-fu, a fight sequence and some bad chop suey. It really has to be seen to be believed and no matter how many times I've seen this film it always makes me laugh. In fact I'd go so far as to say that this scene alone is worth the price.

So yes, it's a bad film but somehow it's kind of endearing and entertaining for all the wrong reasons and that's why I like it.
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on 19 November 2014
Recommended purely for its knowingly shameless tone and the preposterousness of the ending. Defies any serious critique, which in itself is a reason for the curious gorehound to give it a go.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2004
When I first picked up this film I just expected to see a low bugdet horror flick but actually I was quite suprised. It is still definitely low budget but it can actually hold a decent story without deteriorating into a load of nonsense.
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