Friday, August 14, 2009

Pieces (1983)

If ever there was a film that Bible-thumping, God-fearing parents would want their children to avoid, its Pieces. Pieces is eighty-five minutes of gratuitous nudity, graphic violence, and brutal gore, and yet somehow it managed to avoid the infamous "Video Nasties" list in Britain. It is what most non-horror fans probably imagine Texas Chainsaw Massacre is like, but they couldnt be more wrong. Sure, the chainsaw maulings are among the most bloody and memorable in the genre, but the truth of the matter is that the filmmaking and pacing are both abysmal. In terms of plotting and character development, the film couldnt be more bland and formulaic, and really doesnt leave the audience with a single lead character to carry them through the film. With the exception of genre favorite Christopher George, the acting ranges from uninspired to laughable, winning both the "Most Random Ninja" and "Most Unnecessarily Long Scream" awards in Horror. Still, the friggin awesome gore makes this one a must-see for all genre fans. Nothing says Grindhouse better than Pieces! A chainsaw wielding maniac is offing co-eds and harvesting their body parts for a sadistic human jigsaw puzzle in this 80s classic.

Rating: 5/10.

Entertainment: 7/10.
Gore: 10/10!
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19 comments:

  1. A most fitting review Carl. I had a moment of unadulterated weakness a few years back in a charity shop and picked up a copy of this on VHS. In my defense it was only 50p. And i was drunk. Probably. It was a terrible film. Unsurprisingly! Though i thoroughly enjoyed the random ninja shenanigans. And that scream you mentioned. Sublime. ;)
    Hope you're well.

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  2. Pieces is one of my favorite bad movies. So many great lines of poorly dubbed dialogue, great gore, the random karate scene, and a whole lot of other awful fun to be found in the movie.

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  3. Thats the thing, as bad as it really is, no one can truly hate on the movie. I would love to see it in a theater packed with fans, and I love the audio track Grindhouse included with the theater reaction, I wanna tape a silloutte of an audience in front of the tv to enhance the experience ;)

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  4. Great review, Man.

    I reviewed this movie a while back on my blog, although I don't think I was as kind to it as you were. Ha ha.

    So I was just wondering who some of the other nominees were for the Most Random Ninja award. Because I would totally like to rent them!

    --J/Metro

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  5. Now that I think about it, Pieces may earn the second place prize behind Cabin Fever, but let me think.. Theres quasi-ninja action in Jason X when KM uploads the fight sim.. I will have to do some brainstorming and get back to you =D

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  6. I remember seeing this when I was like 14 or so (yes my video store rented sicko films to kids) It's laughable now but back then after seeing Pieces, I thought I had lost my faith in humanity :-P

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  7. It played here back in 1983, but I wasn't allowed to see it until the following year when it hit video. One of the best trash films of all time and the supporting cast of Euro cinema regulars helps a lot in the appeal. Bruceploitation star, Bruce Le did a handful of films for producer, Dick Randall (BRUCE THE SUPERHERO and CHALLENGE OF THE TIGER among them) so it's funny to see him show up here, too.

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  8. Was that really Bruce Lee?? Now that is something I never knew, I thought it was just some random actor that stumbled on stage, now that is an awesome little note!

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  9. LOL! No, Bruceploitation star Bruce Le, not Lee. There were a couple dozen actors back in the mid 70's that made a string of exploitation movies with names like Bruce Thai, Bruce Li, Bruce Le, Dragon Lee, Conan Lee (80's) and so on and so on....These films were made to capitalize on the death of Bruce Lee who only actually completed four films with a fifth (GAME OF DEATH) made up of outtakes and doubles.

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  10. Ahhhh, I definitely thought that was a typo lol.. that makes all the more sense, but makes it even more awesome that it was a cameo by an impersonator

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  11. Ahh man, that ninja part was awesome. If I remember correctly, there was another random scene where a girl is skating and goes through glass???

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  12. I believe thats the scene just after the opening, which is awesome in the fact that theres two guys moving a plate of glass just like in the cartoons

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  13. What does it have to do with the movie? I always wondered that.

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  14. Here is my best stab at it:

    The killer saw the girl's reflection in the glass, then the glass shattered into pieces, and fell apart like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. This threw the killer into a mental break, reminding him of the puzzle incident he had as a child and making him snap slash kill everyone with a chainsaw?

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  15. Wasn't this scene intercut with the killers mother shattering a mirror?

    It's hard to believe the same guy that did SUPERSONIC MAN, FABULOUS JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH and MYSTERY ON MONSTER ISLAND (Peter Cushing! Paul Naschy! Terence Stamp! albeit briefly!) handled this one.

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  16. I want to say yes on that one, jeez its only been a few days and I can hardly remember.. but I believe you are correct

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  17. As good and stupid trashy fun as PIECES is, Carl, it has been known to fry a few brain cells with each viewing. I reviewed it some months back and lost about half a dozen in one go. Dig the crazy elevator scene where the killer ever so carefully steps inside with his big chainsaw going unnoticed.

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  18. I loved every minute of it, icludeing the bookcase scean!

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  19. I just finished watching the movie 20 minutes,man what a laugh especially the extremely uncomfortable Bruce Le scene (and no it's not the real Bruce Lee).I seen the movie when I was like 12 or something (yeah I was watching slashers at a young age),but I think this is the first time I actually watched the whole thing and I have a lot better perception of movies now so it made it that much funnier.Hey how about that final scene.Lol.

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