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Obscure and quite funny slasher
on 14 March 2009
"Pieces" is an hilarious Italian/Spanish slasher film that has been tough to find before the guys at FILM 2000 releasded this DVD.
Although far from being a masterpiece of the horror genre, it is not surprising that this movie still has a certain cut following. It is an unintentionally funny piece of trash. The film opens with a little boy chopping up his mother after being punished for assembling a jigsaw puzzle of a pin-up girl. As is to be expected, he grows up to be a serial killer who just has to stalk female students on a university campus.
Badly dubbed (at least half of the actors spoke their lines in Spanish), with unbelievably cheap looking opening titles that look like they have been stolen from some student film, "Pieces" manages to deliver more than a few unintentional laughs. In it you'll find one of the most hilarious 2oh, I accidentally bumped into my friend" fake scare scenes of all time. This Italian-Spanish co-production also features a lot of cheesy gore effects, which nevertheless managed to garner the film an X rating when it first came out in the US. Well, there are a couple of nude scenes...
It is hard to pick what the most laughable scene or character is, because this film boasts so many. My personal favorite is the guy who plays the gardener. He looks like Bud Spencer's demented cousin, and instead of being scary (he is one of the suspects) he comes across as plain weird. Then, one of the investigators going undercover is a tennis champ(!) who just happens to have a desk job at the police station. In one of the wackiest scenes the killer walks into an elevator after one of his female victims with a chainsaw hidden behind his back! And there are quite a number of scenes like this.
This is clearly one dumb movie, but fortunately it doesn't take itself too seriously. a piece of real, old-time horror sleaze (it hasn't aged to well), "pieces" is the kind of movie they just don't have the courage to make anymore. Now that so many classic horror films get a makeover, someone should consider a remake of this one.
If you're interested in obscure 70's European horror movies, you should definitely give this one a try. But keep an open mind and be prepared to laugh out loud.