Pieces (1983)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Slasher Film  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Spain, Puerto Rico, United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Patrick Legare

While notoriously memorable for its twisted murder scenes, there is little else appealing about this very graphic horror film. Attempting to capitalize on the slasher film craze of the early '80s, this production strictly aims for gore fans as a deranged killer stalks campus coeds with his trusty chainsaw. The graphic display includes plentiful nudity, a pair of beheadings, multiple dismemberments, a disembowelling, and even a waterbed stabbing. The ludicrous plot obviously serves simply to connect the numerous murder sequences and the killer's identity is easy to figure out. Even more laughable are the lousy dubbing and dialogue. Says one cop referring to the investigation, "We're just buying clothes without labels and trying them on for size." Later, Christopher George's lead detective urges a sergeant to do whatever it takes to find the killer by telling the man, "Take some uppers or something...get me a lead!" Aside from veteran actor George, the performances are amateurish, lending even more to the hokey atmosphere. Despite being under the guise of a horror film, Pieces contains no scares whatsoever. The special makeup effects are plentiful, but retain a phony, low-budget look that would be comparable to those used in an H.G. Lewis gore film.