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Written by Chris Mayo   
Monday, 16 February 2009

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AKA: Mil gritos tiene la noche, Chainsaw Devil, Le Cri du cobra, Der Kettensägenkiller, One Thousand Cries Has the Night, Pieces - Le sadique à la tronçonneuse, Le Sadique à la tronçonneuse

Directed by: Juan Piquer Simón
Written by: Joe D'Amato (as John Shadow), Dick Randall
Produced by: Stephen Minasian, Dick Randall
Cinematography by: Juan Mariné
Editing by: Antonio Gimeno
Music by: Librado Pastor, CAM
Special Effects by: Basilio Cortijo
Cast: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Edmund Purdom, Ian Sera, Paul L. Smith, Jack Taylor
Year: 1982
Country: USA, Spain, Puerto Rico
Language: English, Spanish
Color: Color
Runtime: 85 Minutes

Video: NTSC R0
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 / 16:9
Audio: Dolby Digital Mono (English, Spanish), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Live Theatre Recording)
Distributor: Grindhouse Releasing

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What do you get when you merge the literary style of Joe D'Amato, the directorial fashion of Juan Piquer Simón (Slugs), a little good ol' fashioned American 80's slasher, some eurosleeze, and a little giallo for good measure?  Well, you get a jumble of Pieces which makes for a bunch of maniacal craptastic fun!  The years of waiting are over.  The movie that confirmed “You don’t have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre” is here.  Juan Piquer Simón’s blood-soaked Pieces, is presented to you by Grindhouse Releasing.  Rejoice kiddies!  Suffering through previously slaughtered murky releases of Pieces is no more.  At last we have a release worthy of this slasher classick by way of this new uncensored pristine hi-def anamorphic DVD transfer (and a two disc deluxe edition to boot!).  So now it’s time to take that awful good-for-nothing, piece-of-shit Diamond Entertainment release and give it a more deserving function -- a beer coaster.  A highly anticipated release for many genre fans, and my most anticipated release of 2008, let’s take a look at the film that helped define the term Grindhouse.

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The Pieces unfold in Boston, 1942.  Much like any child of the same age, Lil’ Timmy sits piecing together a puzzle in his room.  This time the difference is that young Timmy’s puzzle is of a naked broad.  His mother enters the room and basically loses her mind at his current pastime, immediately disrupting the fun with some slaps upside the head.  She starts tearing apart his room, looking for some other unwholesome treasures Timmy might be hiding and orders him to get a plastic bag so she can “burn everything”.  Timmy returns sans bag, with a big red axe.  The boy proceeds to bludgeon mom to death, hacking and whacking.  After dismembering the mean ol’ bitch (with a hand saw), blood smeared Timmy returns to finish what he started -- the puzzle.  When the cops arrive to the bloodbath, the kid plays scared and hides in one of the closets (his mother’s decapitated head hides in the other). 

Jump forty years later and a chainsaw wielding whacko is running amok on a Boston campus, leaving young uninhibited co-eds in Pieces It seems this unknown butcher is dismembering young women for a grisly human jigsaw puzzle of his own!  Next enter cigar sucking Detective Lieutenant Bracken (played by The Gates of Hell alum Christopher George), who is in charge of the investigation.  Supposing the murders are an inside job, he enlists the help of Mary Riggs (real life wife, Lynda Day George) who poses as the campuses’ new tennis instructor to find any clues into who might be committing the murders.  Perm clad college kid Kendall James also helps along with the investigation after one of his friends becomes minced meat.  As the red herrings unfold, the body count mounts.  Can the crew solve the case before the killer brings his human puzzle to fruition?

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Pieces is the ultimate in 80’s horror.  It’s a slasher at heart, but it’s also very giallo-esque.  The killer character is visibly inspired by other gialli for it’s evident by his very use of black gloves, trench coat and fedora.  Of course the red herring element adds to the mix as well.  The film throws in a bunch of possible suspects including Willard the intimidating cockeyed gardener (Popeye’s own Paul L. Smith), college student Kendal and perhaps the mustachioed Professor Brown, to name a few.  In one instance all the film’s suspects even appear in one shot together.  The heart of a slasher contains gory set-pieces and there are body parts strewn all over Pieces.  People are cut in half, disemboweled, decapitated, and hacked into meaty chunks.  In one instance a girl is stabbed to death in a waterbed, and the absurd out-of-nowhere ending will have you crossing your legs in distress.

Pieces has a healthy helping of random whacked-out shit that doesn’t really make much sense. The whole randomness does add to the movie’s appeal though.  In one instance a girl bananaboarding, slams right into a pane of glass some men are carrying.  In another, a girl goes swimming on campus, decked out in a complete bikini but decides to swim topless for whatever reason (no complaints here).  Probably the most bizarre scene (other than the film’s finale) is when Mary is walking down an alley and an Asian dude (aptly dubbed Chow) pops out of nowhere drop-kicking and karate-chopping at her, to later refute that his actions must have been caused by bad chop suey!  An obligatory 80’s aerobics sequence is even thrown in for good measure.

The bad dialog and goofy scenes might deter the vanilla horror crowd, but who cares.  Pieces is for the hard-nosed horror fan.  What makes this film bad to some makes it a masterpiece to others.  An example of goofy greatness can be found when a group of students are smoking a joint (on campus) and a waterbed pops into conversation.  Whilst passing the spliff to a girl in a tight white turtleneck, one girl poses the question "Have you ever been laid on a waterbed," to which the other girl retorts "The most beautiful thing in the world is smoking pot and fucking on a waterbed at the same time."  The most scene-stealing of scenes, though, has to be Mary’s utter meltdown.  After finding a freshly sliced-‘n-diced victim, with fists clenched she shrieks a blood curdling “BASTARD” over and over again making Emily’s screech of “ATTACK DICKY ATTACK”, from Fulci’s The Beyond pale by comparison.  Fun times! 

As the tagline goes “It’s exactly what you think it is” -- a kickass ball-buster of a horror film.  I mean come on, with Joe D'Amato and Juan Piquer Simón in this trash tag team, you can't go wrong.  Grindhouse Releasing does this movie proud, and if you already haven’t done so, pick this one up pronto.

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SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:

DISC 1:
Original Spanish Opening Sequence
The Vine Theatre Experience
Theatrical Trailer
Easter Eggs

DISC 2:
Interviews
Galleries
Cast & Crew Bios
Previews
Easter Egg

Grindhouse Releasing puts the Pieces together with their 2 disc deluxe edition, presented with a new hi-def 1.66:1 anamorphic transfer that blows any previous release out of the water.  Never has Pieces looked this good.  There are a few other previous releases that don’t come close to the quality of this edition.  As mentioned, the Diamond Entertainment release exists in a chopped 1.33:1 pan scan transfer that looks like a dull multi-generation vhs bootleg.  German R2 and UK R2 widescreen releases also have a home on DVD.  For the audio of this release we get the original Spanish and English Dolby Digital Mono tracks.  What differentiates the two are the soundtracks.  The English track has music by Cam, which is what fans are used to and has a more intense horror movie feel to it.  For the Spanish track we have an original score by Librado Pastor, which feels a little off to fans used to the CAM soundtrack.  It almost feels sympathetic in tone which is reminiscent of John Boy Walton’s piano-laden score in Nekromantik.  A Third audio track presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 is an added treat where we get to experience the film with a rowdy fan-packed audience, recorded in 2002 at the Vine Theatre in Hollywood.  With the extras on disc one, we have an “Original Spanish Opening Sequence” that continues on with the rest of the film, and the US trailer.  Two easter eggs are also present on the first disc.  The main menu contains a hidden chain saw which contains festival footage with Eli Roth.  Next, while in the “Features” menu go into “Vine Theater Experience”. On this menu is a hidden chain saw which reveals a promo.

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Disc two contains a mountain of supplements.  Firstly we have two extensive interviews.  “Pieces of Piquer” is an extensive 56-minute interview with director Juan Piquer Simón as he follows his career as a filmmaker.  “The Reddest Herring” is another all encompassing 58-minute interview with the gardener played by Paul L. Smith.  Even though Smith played a smaller role in Pieces, this interview is highly welcomed.  Smith who appeared in such films as Popeye and Midnight Express is quite jovial when recounting his film career.  Onward, this disc contains a “Cast & Crew” section of bios including Juan Piquer Simón, Dick Randall, Steve Minasian, Christopher George, Linda Day George, Edmund Purdom, and Paul Smith.  In the DVD’s “Galleries” we get a bunch of cool images that are split into sections.  They include “Production Stills”, Pieces Publicity”, “Video Releases” and “Jaun Piquer’s Still Show”.  The “Previews” section contains a plethora of trailers including Cat in the Brain, The Beyond, Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox, I Drink Your Blood, The Tough Ones, Massacre Mafia Style, Gone with the Pope, Scum of the Earth, An American Hippie in Israel, Death Game, Family Enforcer, Ice House and Mad Ron’s Prevue’s from Hell!  Rounding out this deluxe edition is a set of DVD liner notes from Mr. Deep Red, Chas Balun.  Another easter egg can be found on this disc as well.  On the “Interviews” menu you can find a hidden chain saw that reveals a deleted scene from Smith’s interview.  Wow.  As you can tell this is an exhaustive ultimate release of Pieces that won’t be outdone anytime soon -- if ever!

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