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"Pieces" (1982)

Hysterical Horror

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#1 jaragon

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 08:50 AM

I like the homages to other horror films: Edmund Purdom making a jigsaw puzzle out of the body parts, hearkens to Fuad Ramses in Blood Feast; and of course the sudden crotch grab at the end reminds one of the hand out of the grave at the end of Carrie.

 

Christopher and Lynda Day George would be reunited for their next film, Mortuary, which sadly was to be Christopher's last.

The film reminds me of classic giallo- specially the murder of the reporter on the water bed which is truly shocking.  The excellent two disc blu ray edition includes the superior original score and the Spanish language track which makes the film a bit less funny-also there is an extended interview with the director who explains how the rather low budget but effective gore scenes were created.



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Posted 01 April 2017 - 11:28 PM

J Piquer Simon's infamous gore fest "Pieces" is about a chainsaw wielding homicidal maniac who likes to collect his female victims body parts.  If it was played straight it might be hard to watch but the "unintentional" humor makes it a lot of fun if you can stomach the often realistic gore.  My favorite moments: dean Edmund Purdon explaining a girls beheading by chainsaw as just an unfortunate accident.   The way the victims never seem to notice the CHAINSAW wielding killer.  Linda Day's priceless over reaction to a murder "The Bastard!!!!" 

 

I like the homages to other horror films: Edmund Purdom making a jigsaw puzzle out of the body parts, hearkens to Fuad Ramses in Blood Feast; and of course the sudden crotch grab at the end reminds one of the hand out of the grave at the end of Carrie.

 

Christopher and Lynda Day George would be reunited for their next film, Mortuary, which sadly was to be Christopher's last.


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Posted 25 March 2017 - 10:12 AM

J Piquer Simon's infamous gore fest "Pieces" is about a chainsaw wielding homicidal maniac who likes to collect his female victims body parts.  If it was played straight it might be hard to watch but the "unintentional" humor makes it a lot of fun if you can stomach the often realistic gore.  My favorite moments: dean Edmund Purdon explaining a girls beheading by chainsaw as just an unfortunate accident.   The way the victims never seem to notice the CHAINSAW wielding killer.  Linda Day's priceless over reaction to a murder "The Bastard!!!!" 


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