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4.0 out of 5 stars Gory and trashy slasher film, worth checking out., 11 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Pieces [DVD] [1983] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
In 1941, a boy who is caught assembling a jigsaw puzzle of a naked woman gets punished by his mother and orders him to get rid of it. Instead, he refuses and kills his mother with an axe. Forty years later, coeds at a Boston college are killed off by a psycho with a chainsaw so he can create a human jigsaw puzzle with female body parts. Two detectives (Christopher George, Lynda Day George) are assigned to investigate and decide to recruit a student (Ian Sera) into helping them find the maniac. Pieces is a terrible film, let no-one tell you otherwise, but it is so bad that it becomes entertainingly good. Somehow, the sheer ridiculous of it, is also its charm. Be assured it is extremely violent and gory as hell and provides as much sleaze and nudity as any exploitation flick released during that period (1982). The gore scenes were truly awesome, you get a chainsaw through the stomach, axe through the head, dismemberment ect.

It's really hard to believe that so much stuff could go wrong with this picture but it actually does and the majority of the entertainment comes from the viewer being able to laugh at it. There are countless plot points that don't make any sense, horrible dialogue and some of the dumbest police characters in any film I've seen. Also, what is up with Lynda's character being a tennis pro? This leads to some of the greatest laughs in a big tennis match, which is so obviously fake that you'll be laughing your heads off. The acting as well is pretty bad and that includes Christopher George but thankfully his acting is "good enough", so to speak, to where you can enjoy watching him on screen. His wife on the other hand isn't as lucky as she delivers one of the worst moments in film history with her "bastard" scream, which is just downright hilarious. Jack Taylor, veteran of countless Jess Franco films, plays one of the suspects. The film is very poorly made but that just adds to the charm. Not only do we get bad acting, bad directing and some really bad dialogue but we're also treated to plenty of nudity as well as countless gore scenes.

The movie is basically a typical B-movie college slasher and once the film's stalk and slash scenes occur the film does become quite good and the ending is so bizarre and over the top that it becomes a worthwhile experience, if you like cheesy and gory slasher flicks then you're going to love this. Grindhouse Releasing presents Pieces in it's uncensored form. All the stabbings, eviscerations and decapitations are left intact. The extra features are spread out across two discs with the bulk of the fantastic supplements on disc two. Lengthy interviews with director Simon piquer and actor Paul Smith are the highlights on the set. Simon talks about his time on set, his hammering out of the script and Smith covers plenty of ground with some Pieces anecdotes. Overall the quality of the sound and picture quality is better than any available release (including the recent Arrow release). This release is an absolute no-brainer for fans of 80's slasher films. Check it out.
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