Hooptober entry number four:
"The most beautiful thing in the world is smoking pot and fucking on a waterbed at the same time."
This movie finds its footing during the action driven stalk and kill sequences. Coupled with a great throbbing synth score, typical giallo iconography like a figure looming in shadow or leather gloved hands caressing a murder weapon or an impossibly lovely victim standing and shrieking at stylish angles really pops.
The investigation scenes drag the pace to…
Pieces doesn't do anything novel, but it takes the standard tropes of the genre and ups the ante quite a bit. It features more violence, more nudity, and hammier dialogue than the average entry into the genre. The ending includes shock after shock - each one stupider than the one it follows. Great stuff.
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“Mil Gritos Tiene la Noche” is a bit of a late entry into the slasher / splatter cycle and possibly due to its lateness it is able to bring all the sleazy tropes of the genre together into one of the most incredibly bloody, cheesy, over-the-top, unintentionally hilarious slasher movies ever made. The direct Spanish translation is probably “Night of a Thousand Screams”, but it went out in English-speaking territories as “Pieces” for a number of reasons that become obvious…
"The most beautiful thing in the world is smoking pot & fucking on a waterbed"
If you're lucky enough to be watching the Grindhouse DVD release be sure to turn on the Vine Theater audio, it just adds to the fun!
This film is the Venn overlap between the most terrible and the most enjoyable qualities of the slasher genre.
The dream team of writer/producer Dick "I Introduced Weng Weng to Western audiences" Randall, writer Joe "I know how to end a goddamn movie" D'Amato and director Juan Piquer "oh I dunno, SLUGS is pretty fun" Simon were incapable of producing anything but a mess together. Randall's shoddy kitchen sink approach to exploitation, D'Amato's lack of a firm grasp of English and tendency to go for tastelessness over logic, and Simon's apparent desire to inject actual artfulness on top of…
It IS Exactly What I Thought It Was (but so much more)
Still trying to process exactly what I watched here, but suffice to say that there were times where seeing someone skateboard into a giant mirror is pretty ho-hum compared to the other (murder) shenanigans going on. I'll never think about waterbeds in the same way again, and if I do, I'll send you a box of lollipops.
Who's the killer? Is it the dean?!?! ...the burly, squinting gardener?!?! ...the closeted anatomy professor?!?! ...the kung fu professor?!?!*
A nasty, Oedipal murder mystery that takes enough turns and trips down cul-de-sacs to throw off any actual sleuths, Pieces could be described as a hallucinatory mystery meat sandwich of Carpenter, Bava, and even a dash of De Palma -- I got a mean Angie Dickinson/Keith Gordon vibe from the undercover cop/tennis pro & campus lothario…
What a tremendous "piece" of prime Euro-trash!
A staple in the aisles of the video stores of my youth, PIECES was a film that eluded me all these years, which is fine because I think my 14-year old self would not have appreciated the campy charms this has to offer. This is a movie that immerses you immediately into its insanity and keeps you there throughout its run-time
At first, it was a tough go, but once I got into…
INT. SCHOOL GYMNASIUM - ELEVATOR SHAFT - NIGHT
Gorgeous (and anonymous) HEALTH NUT enters elevator. A threatening presence follows suit. THE SHADOW enters the lift, concealing a Chain Saw behind his back.
The ominous Shadow reaches for control panel. Selects floor number. Health Nut observes his get-up. A quick glance. None too subtle.
Shadow reaches for the "Emergency Stop". Lift halts.
Wha...what are you doing?*
The Shadow reveals his Chain Saw -- the only phallus he ever…