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Pieces [DVD]

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  • Actors: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom, Ian Sera
  • Directors: Juan Piquer Simon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005AX1XA8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,161 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

When you meet him, you ll go to PIECES!

Jigsaw puzzles can be maddening. They drive to distraction. You might even go so crazy to take your own mother down with an axe...

On a Boston Campus, young girls are missing out. Missing out on hands, feet, arms and heads as a certain puzzled psychopath, forty years down the line, carves a bloody swathe through the female college population. Only one tough cop has the stones to bring him in but can he track down the slayer before all the girls are mincemeat?

If you want classic, leering, sleazy, slasher action, then PIECES will take a chainsaw to your skull.

Special Features:

THIS EDITION CONTAINS

  • 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 .

DVD CONTAINS:

  • Introduction by star Jack Taylor
  • Pieces of Jack: An Actors 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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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.
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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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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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I'm glad I didn't actually pay to rent this as I had a £1 Amazon voucher. The gore was mediocre, blood looked like paint, and the sex amounted to some dark figure spying on some fat chick dancing in a leotard while making masturbation noises. The characters were incredibly dumb, and much of the acting was wooden. But it isn't the worst horror movie Ive ever seen.

Wouldn't recommend unless you can watch it for free somehow.
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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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I am wavering between a two and three star rate for this 1982 B movie slasher. It certainly made me laugh in places, but that was unintentional, for although there is plenty of blood, gore, sex and sleaze, it's a pretty ridiculous film. I have decided to go with a three, because if really over-the-top and nasty horror films with more holes that Swiss cheese are you're thing, you'll probably want to see 'Pieces'.

Thirty-five years have passed since a young boy murdered his mother after she accused him of being perverted. Now, female corpses are being discovered around a university campus. Each young women has met their maker via a chainsaw, but can Lt. Bracken (Christopher George) and his partner Sgt. Holden (Frank Brana) find the crazed killer before he claims the lives of even more victims? The film also stars the glamorous Lynda Day George as a former tennis player-turned undercover-cop.

As you can expect from such a movie, the acting is mostly bad, the direction isn't that good either, but there is lots of blood, the ending is surprisingly good, and Lynda Day George provides perfect eye candy. Coincidentally, Christopher George passed away the year after 'Pieces' was released, which is sad for the two reasons, the first is obvious, and the second one is unfortunate because he had to depart his film career on something like this.
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