It's exactly what you think it is!
A frustrated Boston detective searches for the maniac responsible for mutilating a number of university coeds.
A frustrated Boston detective searches for the maniac responsible for mutilating a number of university coeds.
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Listen, I am here to tell you today that, and I don’t say this lightly, this is absolutely the greatest 80’s slasher of all time. I know that might be a bit of a bold horror statement to some, but you’ve got: B-movie power couple Christopher and Lynda Day George, exsquisite and abundant gore, awful dialogue, random kung fu interludes, chainsaw dismemberment, waterbed slashing, red herrings everywhere, aerobics dance numbers, a tennis pro turned cop turned undercover tennis pro, a shifty gardener, Edmond Purdom, and a cameo by an early 80’s Wendy’s drink cup and fry carton! WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED??
I will never ever get tired of this trashterpiece and it is the perfect choice for the final movie of Joe Bob’s Last Drive-In.
Bananameter: 🍌 “BASTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRDDD!!!!! 🍌
side note: JBB’s explanation of the clones of Bruce Lee is also my new favorite thing.
A maniac is on the prowl. He's lurking over a New England college campus. He dresses like the Shadow. He sports a black hat, mask, pants, and shoes. He hides in the bushes. He enjoys stalking his prey. When the time is right, he pops out and uses a chainsaw to slice and dice his victims into small pieces. What's he trying to accomplish? Well, he's playing jigsaw puzzle. With each new victim, comes a new piece of his puzzle. Need some arms? Sure, no problem. Just go all Leatherface on a naked college Co-Ed. Yup, not just any puzzle, but a puzzle made with human body parts. When the bodies start piling up, the fun is just beginning, in…
Absolutely outlandish and immensely off-the-wall in many ways, Pieces is a relatively diverting early '80s Spanish slasher flick with collective Giallo elements included that manages to get the brutal butchery started right away, establishing itself exactly as what the film's tagline mentions, and shows the viewer that this is not one to be taken seriously whatsoever.
Yes, there are a couple of peculiar, out-of-place moments here and there in Pieces that makes one directly wonder what specifically made the filmmakers think up several of the particular things that ultimately happen here, but I definitely think this is part of the film's tacky charm as a whole.
The murder mystery aspect of Pieces itself is likewise certainly predictable which does bog…
It had been so long since I'd seen Pieces, that this was the first time I was able to watch it remastered on the Grindhouse Releasing DVD, I had only ever watched it [repeatedly] on a bare bones disc I had picked up in the early days of DVD, probably issued by Diamond Entertainment or the likes.
I may have to watch Pieces again in the near future with the Spanish soundtrack/dubbing; I preferred the music in the Spanish version (as opposed to the knock-off Goblin score) but the English dubbing of the dialogue is absolutely hilarious, leaving you appreciating and longing for the talent of Italian dubbers.
The typecast, genre-film, detective is played by the ever efficient Christopher George…
Nudie puzzles, chainsaw murders, horny teenagers, creepy gardeners, undercover tennis-cops, arbitrary kung-fu attacks and a lot of outlandish dialogue.
I came home from work to find a bunch of Arrow blu-rays laying on my doormat, including Pieces, so naturally I had to put this bizarre little movie on. This was actually one of the first cult movies I ever saw. Watching it back then felt very much like picking up a distorted transmission from some otherworldly dimension. I was baffled by it..
..and I frankly still am.
The most beautiful thing in the world is smoking pot and fucking on a waterbed, at the same time.
Utterly insane and wildly entertaining.
Even though I saw this film 30 something years ago, this was like a first time watch for me. The Grindhouse Releasing Blu-ray is fantastic and the restoration looks great. After seeing Slugs last year, I'm convinced Juan Piquer Simón is one of the greats.
From imdb trivia: Because producer Dick Randall was simultaneously making kung-fu films in Rome, a cameo for a Bruce Lee imitator, Bruce Le, was written into this film, even though this scene makes no sense in the context of the rest of the film.
Grindhouse releasing Blu-ray:
– TWO complete versions of this shocking gore classic:
PIECES (83 min.) – the original, unrated U.S. theatrical version, presented in English
MIL GRITOS TIENE LA…
Pieces is totally hardcore obsessed with like, four basic things: a) matching blue top/bottom separates, b) blood smears on floral prints. c) everyone in heels nearly all the time, especially during jazzercise and d) tucking sweaters into high-waisted jeans.
there is a lot of talk about how crazy this movie is but this exact plot could have been made at any point in the following decade by a major hollywood studio, directed by some reasonably famous director who had made some bold independent movies in the 70's and slowly declined into hackwork to pay for a de rigueur cocaine/cigarette-boat fueled midlife crisis and almost no one would remember had it been produced thusly. in fact i am shocked this was…
"Bastard! BASTARD!!!!!!! BASTARD!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Or if you watch the highly recommended Spanish version on the Grindhouse Releasing blu:
"Bestia! BESTIA!!!!!! BESTIA!!!!!!!!!!!"
Pieces is without question one of most enjoyable and unforgettable films I have ever seen. I was ready to write a huge long winded review professing my undying love for Pieces and director Juan Piquer Simón but there really isn't anything else I can add that others haven't said already, so I'll just comment with this:
Juan Piquer Simón, I LOVE YOU.
Still don't love this, wish I did. Weirdly low-energy, with all its inept quirks and big moments lost among a glacial giallo pacing but lacking much of the style. Hilarious moments, sure, and it adds up to a weird concoction, but it's no comparison to Slugs.
"Well, I'm not a pathologist, but even a layman can see it was done with this." (points to extremely bloody chainsaw sitting right next to eviscerated body)
This is the type of film that you'd probably have even MORE fun discussing it than watching it. There are so many WTF moments you'll be shaking your head the whole time!
It is also the kind of movie that is best if watched in the wee hours of the morning after hours of imbibing your favorite brew!
Bloody and littered with spectacular gore! Otherwise it is a horribly inept offering!
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 scene after scene of women being dismembered all add together into a perfect storm/the perfect cocktail of often ambitious, usually inept, sometimes effective genre escapades that is PIECES. Maybe it wouldn't be as thoroughly entertaining were it not for the…
About as standard as a slasher movie can possibly be. There really isn’t a whole lot to latch onto this one except for some fun gore moments. You’d think that that should be enough but it eventually gets tiresome due to how formulaic and basic the murder scenes are despite having good special effects. Ultimately I liked parts of this movie (no pun intended) but when viewed as a whole this wasn’t very impressive.
off the wall bonkers
Loved the bad dubb and weird portrayal of teens/cops in America
Aside from that... meh.
Joe Bob's Last Drive-In July 2018 Marathon, Last film.
“Millions of Pieces, pieces for me”.
My new favourite what the fuck horror movie, amazing kills, zany antics and the most amazing Bruce Lee impersonator Best blind buy ever - picked up the Arrow Blu-Ray.
i want some reese's pieces
Quality Percentage: 54%
Enjoyability Rating: 8/10
Pieces (Piquer Simón, 1982)
Hey, it's my kung fu professor. What's the story Cho?
Gory and egregiously stupid.
Whilst the director seems like a dumb sleazy cunt who doesn't know how to keep his actors alive, this film is hilariously bad.
The definition of a 'so bad, it's good' movie.
This takes every element of the sleazy slasher film and cranks it up to 11, as if it's directly screaming at tried and true horror tropes, "Faster! More intense!" 1982's "Pieces" obliges at every turn. The campy dialogue? Campier. The dumb college kids? Dumber. The gory kills? Gorier.
There's a reason this was released unrated in the US in 1983. Even if you cut out the copious amounts of male and female nudity, this would still probably be rated NC-17 today.
There's no way I can recommend this to anyone who isn't a fairly hardened slasher fan that loves their schlock, but if you think that may be you and you've never seen Juan Piquer Simón's Spanish slasher masterpiece, you're in for a treat.
So rarely in horror films is such incompetent writing accompanied by such incredible gore as Pieces. It's both "so bad it's good" and over-the-top violence. It's truly a perfect cult film.
Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present 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.
This bloody slasher film from director Juan Piquer Simon concerns a chain-saw wielding madman who is roaming a college campus in search of human parts for a ghastly jigsaw puzzle. Stars Christopher George as a police lieutenant and Lynda Day George as a policewoman who goes undercover as a tennis instructor. Cult horror audiences will love this film that includes plenty of gore, unintentional humor and of course lots of gratuitous nudity. Not for the faint of heart. Not to be watched on a full stomach.
Pieces. “Something’s been butchered up here.” A serial killer hunts for victims on this college campus with a chainsaw and uses souvenirs to create his newly sculpted masterpiece. This individual is obsessed with puzzles, one in particular, and decides to build his own life-size jigsaw. Makes sense, right? The police lieutenant, an undercover officer, and Kendall, the most popular student on campus, are the only hope to solve the mystery and save the student body. I suppose the gardener, Willard, contributes too. I rewatched this campy, over-the-top slasher. Even with an elusive plot and questionable motives, this 80s film is charming and entertaining. There’s humor, unbelievable circumstances, gory effects, and a few outlandish moments. Somehow everything works. Thoughts on this one? “I never saw so much blood.”
Strange. I saw this on Dead Meat and knew that I had to check it out, and it did not disappoint. This movie is sleazy, violent, and really sucks, but it's to funny not to like.
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