Pieces (1982) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Pieces (1982)

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  • Release Date:  1982
  • Genre:  Crime & Giallo
  • Director:  Juan Piquer Simon
  • Screenwriter:  Dick Randall, Joe D’Amato, Juan Piquer Simon
  • Cast & Crew: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom, Ian Sera, Paul L. Smith, Jack Taylor, Gérard Tichy, May Heatherly, Hilda Fuchs, Roxana Nieto, Cristina Cottrelli, Leticia Marfil, Silvia Gambino, Carmen Aguado

Pieces (1982) Rating:

  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 5.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.1 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 5.1 / 10

Pieces (1982) Synopsis:

The students of a University campus in Boston are the prey of a mysterious killer who cut his victims in pieces with a chainsaw.

Pieces (1982) Review:

Juan Piquer Simón is a prolific director of cheap average horror movies such as The Rift (1990), Slugs (1988)and many more. Among them, Pieces lies as his greatest achievement. The movie is the combination of a crime/giallo, with a faceless killer that is only revealed at the end, and a splatter with a set of gory chainsaw murders.

Pieces starts on a really impressive note, with a really shocking first scene, quickly followed by a couple of gruesome murders. After that, the investigation aspect of the movie takes over and things start to slow down a little, maybe a little too much. The gruesome murders, all featuring lots of bright red blood and many including dismemberment scenes, keep the entertainment to a high level, and surprise by how visually impressive it is for a 80s movie.

A main turn off for me was the lack of realism. The victim’s behavior when attacked is the equivalent of an instant freezing, and this goes on for all the victims without exception. The disappointing final death only added to my global frustration over this movie that could have been so much better.

Pieces is not a bad movie, and does reminds of other gory giallo such as Argento’s Tenebrae or Bava’s A Bay of Blood. Yet, it never quite reach that level of excellence and, to me, Pieces felt nothing more than an extremely gory episode of Colombo. Still above the average horror movie from that period though.

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