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Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the first official US release of the sickest and most violent of all the early '80s slasher movies. A psychopathic killer stalks a Boston campus, brutally slaughtering nubile young college co-eds, collecting body parts from each victim to create the likeness of his mother who he savagely murdered with an axe when he was ten years old! Pieces is a wild, unrated gorefest, with enough splatter and sleaze to shock the most jaded horror fan.
"One of my top horror films of all time! Not only is this the ultimate chainsaw movie, it's the ultimate slasher film. It has everything you could possibly want, by the bucketful. Full on chainsaw violence, absurd amounts of nudity, and the greatest ending in horror history.
A masterpiece of early 80's sleaze. " -- Eli Roth, director of CABIN FEVER and HOSTEL
"One of the most shocking exponents to hit the Deuce in the 1980s. PIECES went straight for the jugular.. one of the few movies at the time that silenced the most raucous grindhouse audiences." -- Bill Landis, SLEAZOID EXPRESS
"The best chain-saw flick since the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Splatter City. FOUR STARS!" -- Joe Bob Briggs
"a PERFECT 10!" -- Chas. Balun, THE GORE SCORE
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The dubbing holds some problems as do a few scenes that don't make any sense (particularly the skateboarder and a large mirror). The cuts between scenes are a bit abrupt. The acting styles don't entirely mesh (apparently, people were speaking in their own language(s) to one another to be later dubbed in English). Linda Day's performance was particularly unrestrained ("Bastard, bastard, bastard!").
But there's definitely no competition for the most bizarre ending of any slasher flick.
Love this movie, warts and all.
Initially released in 1982 under its original Spanish title "Mil Gritos Tiene La Noche" (roughly translated as "Night Has a Thousand Screams"), the film was picked up by Spectacular International Productions (which would go on to market such transcontinental bloodletters as "Don't Open till Christmas" and "Slaughter High") in 1983 for its dubbed version and under its new and more appropriate title "Pieces."
The plot concerns an unknown loony cutting up assorted young babes on a Boston (actually Madrid) college campus, as a result of an earlier traumatic childhood experience, in which his mother reprimanded him for having a nudie jigsaw puzzle, for which he proceeded to chop her to bits in the film's classic prologue. Fast forward 40 years later, and he is slowly reassembling the same bloodstained puzzle with each gruesome present-day murder.
Under the hands of a more straightforward script, this could have been a really mean and unsavory film, but co-writer and co-producer Dick Randall and Spanish director J. Piquer Simon enliven this one with so much tacky sleaze and are so singleminded in their approach to showing really attractive (and often fully unclothed) Spanish girls being butchered that you just can't take any of it seriously. The questionable dubbing and some really hammy overacting even generate the occasional laugh.
That said, what must have been a miniscule budget produced some really good gore, such as when the killer's chainsaw is actually shown slicing flesh. In addition, this is a true splatter film in every sense of the word and the blood flows ever freely, even being splattered all over the walls in several scenes.
Another plus is the presence of some real actors, such as Christopher George and Edmund Purdom (neither one a stranger to low budget films of this era) and my personal favorite, the then 37-year-old (but still very comely) Linda Day (eventually George), who sparkles as a tennis star who goes undercover to investigate the killings.
This 2008 reissue on Grindhouse Releasing is choice. It includes reproductions of the original Spanish and English movie posters, an amusing retrospective on the film written by "Deep Red" editor Chas Balun, and even a bonus disc featuring a translated interview with the director.
All in all, while almost laughably inept at times and never serious enough to generate true suspense, "Pieces" is still a beloved slasher gem and a really fun movie to watch. Recommended for collectors of vintage early '80s trash cinema.
(Final sidenote: One of the detectives and a student working on the case are shown eating fast food which is clearly shown to be from Wendy's Hamburgers. I wonder how Wendy's corporate executives would feel knowing they had a product endorsement in "Pieces" of all movies? Somehow I have a feeling it was never a selling point at business conferences.)