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Review: "Pieces" (1982) UK Dual Format Special Edition From Arrow

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By Darren Allison

Pieces” (Mil Gritos Tiene La Noche) 1982 Directed by Juan Piquer Simón, Starring Jack Taylor, Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña and Paul Smith. Arrow 3 disc Blu-ray, DVD and CD.

Arrow continue to satisfy our hunger for classic slasher movies with their latest release "Pieces" (1982), a classic slice of sickening nostalgia which emerged during the height of the video nasty era.

A Boston college campus is being terrorised by a black-clad maniac who collects body parts from his unfortunate co-ed victims. As the corpses (and red herrings) begin to pile up, can Professor Brown (genre veteran Jack Taylor) unmask the murderer before his morbid puzzle is complete?

Fans of the genre should be incredibly pleased with the treatment given to this three disc collector’s edition. Let’s be clear from the outset, “Pieces” is not the best directed movie you’ll ever see. Director Juan Piquer Simón,
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‘Pieces’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Brana, Edmund Purdom, Ian Sera, Paul L. Smith, Jack Taylor, Gerard Tichy, May Heatherly | Written by Dick Randall, Roberto Loyola | Directed by Juan Piquer Simón

Pieces is one of those movies that horror fans instantly fall in love with. While some would write it off as just another bad movie, others will love those moments of unintentional humour, especially from the dubbed version. This is what makes the Arrow Video Pieces: Limited Edition release on Blu-ray so much fun.

When a murderer stars killing off female students on a Boston college campus, the bodies soon start piling up. With body parts missing it seems that the killer is putting forming an interesting puzzle, but can they be stopped before they complete their work?

With a killer that is straight out of the Giallo genre, but a chainsaw that brings even more gore,
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Blu-ray Review – Pieces (1982)

Pieces, 1982.

Directed by Juan Piquer Simón.

Starring Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Jack Taylor, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom, Paul Smith, and Ian Sera.


A killer stalks a college campus looking for victims so he can use their body parts to make a human jigsaw.

One of the better 1980s slasher movies to not get a sequel (although there is still time), Pieces is a Spanish production that followed in the wake of Friday the 13th, The Burning, My Bloody Valentine, et al but became notorious amongst savvy genre audiences for being more gruesome, bloody and downright sleazy than those previous movies. Naturally, the fully uncut version didn’t appear until relatively recently – within the last decade, in fact – and despite putting it out on DVD back in 2011, the wizards at Arrow Video have now unleashed the film on a limited edition Blu-ray, and if that wasn’t enough to
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DVD Review – Female Vampire (1975)

Female Vampire, 1975.

Directed by Jesus Franco.

Starring Lina Romay, Jack Taylor, Alice Arno, Monica Swinn, Jesus Franco, and Luis Barboo.


The last descendant of the evil Karlstein family of vampires lures unsuspecting victims to their doom.

The first release from new Screenbound Pictures imprint Maison Rouge, Female Vampire – a.k.a. Bare Breasted Countess – is something of an erotic classic from the 1970s. Directed by notorious purveyor of sleaze Jess Franco (A Virgin Among the Living Dead/Eugénie), the film is an otherworldly blend of softcore porn and the mildest of vampiric horrors, in as much as the lead character is introduced as a vampire and does indeed suck the bodily fluids of her victims (note – not just the blood) but there is very little gore and no other vampire folklore apart from the mention of her murderous ancestors.

The female vampire in question is Countess Irina Karlstein, played
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‘Bare Breasted Countess’ DVD Review (Screenbound)

Stars: Lina Romay, Jack Taylor, Alice Arno, Monica Swinn, Jess Franco, Luis Barboo, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Raymond Hardy, Anna Watican | Written and Directed by Jess Franco

Countess Irina Karlstein (Lina Romay) is as beautiful as she is deadly. She is a bloodthirsty vampire of course. However, unlike most who have fallen foul to the curse, she doesn’t revel in her acts of fatal lust. Her hunger for genuine love is just as strong as the hunger for the bloody stuff (as well as some of the other bodily fluids available.). Her quest for both finds her returning to her ancestral home. Unfortunately, her insatiable hunger claims many victims. From her gardener (Roger Germanes) to the local dominatrix (Monica Swinn), no one is safe. With an inquisitive forensic pathologist by the name of Dr. Roberts (Jess Franco himself) and his blind sidekick Dr. Orloff (Jean-Pierre Bouyxou) on her case, you’d
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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 11 – Waxwork Records, FiveFingerTees, Star Wars Books, Hero Complex Gallery & More!

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Welcome back for Day 11 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For our second-to-last day of this year’s Gift Guide, we’re going to be featuring several great cult films that arrived on Blu-ray in 2016, as well as Star Wars books, a ton of horror-themed enamel pins, the amazing artwork of Hero Complex Gallery, FiverFingerTees, and much more!

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help get you into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with
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Harker’s Hits: New Releases March 2016

Harker’s Hits: New Releases March 2016
Some fun stuff dropping this month! A gory ’80s slasher, a thoughtful Sci-Fi epic, Lego superheroes, and More. Yes. More. No lie. Needle in my eye, etc. More.

The Peanuts Movie

Hailed by both critics and audiences, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the entire gang hit the big screen in their first 3D foray last year. Extras include featurettes like “You Never Grow Up, Charlie Brown,” “6 Snoopy Snippets,” and Meghan Trainor’s video for “Better When I’m Dancin’.” You know you want to revisit your youth. You know you want to fly with the Red Baron! You know you want to dance with Meghan Trainor!

$19.99 Buy The Peanuts Movie

Victor Frankenstein

Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, and the X-men’s Professor X, James McAvoy, join forces to breathe new life (so to speak) into one of the greatest horror stories ever told. Told from Igor’s perspective, this
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March 1st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Pieces, The Boy, Intruders

Happy March, everyone! This month’s home entertainment offerings are starting off with the proverbial bang as there seems to be a little something for every genre fan arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday. Scream Factory is releasing both The Boy and Narcopolis on both formats this week, and Kino Lorber is resurrecting a pair of cult classics in HD as well: Gog (3D) and Transformations. Grindhouse Releasing has assembled an incredible Blu set for their release of Pieces, and the recent home invasion thriller, Intruders, makes its way onto DVD on March 1st.

For those of you who have made the leap to 4K, both The Last Witch Hunter and Mad Max: Fury Road are getting a special 4K release on Tuesday and other notable titles making their way home this first week of March include Zoombies, The Sinful Dwarf, The Fear of Darkness, Scream at the Devil,
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Grindhouse Releasing Sending ’80s classic Pieces to Bluray This March in Epic 3-Disc Special Edition!

Very few films hit my blood soaked heart as hard as Juan Piquer Simón’s slasher classic, Pieces. It’s such an excellent film, one that every horror fan should experience at least once in their lifetime. Thanks to the always kick-ass gang at Grindhouse Releasing, horror fans who have been aching for a special edition of the 1982 gorefest can now celebrate, with the announcement of an epic March 1st release of a 3-Disc collector’s edition of the film, complete with a massive list of special features, as well as a limited edition puzzle that comes along with the first 3,000 copies of the film (fans buying the film from DiabolikDVD will also receive the film on February 23rd, earlier than those who purchase it from other sites/stores). The pre-orders for the film (DiabolikDVD and Amazon) are already selling like crazy, so be sure to jump on this one,
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Pieces Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

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As diehard horror fans know, Leatherface wasn't the only cinematic killer to rev up a chainsaw, as evidenced by 1982's Pieces, a cult slasher film hitting shelves as a special three-disc Blu-ray on February 23rd from Grindhouse Releasing:

From Diabolik DVD: "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.

Special Features

- 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 Noche (86 min.) - the original uncensored director's cut,
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‘Voodoo Passion’ (1977) DVD Review (Ascot Elite)

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Stars: Ada Tauler, Nanda Van Bergen, Jack Taylor, Karine Gambier, Vítor Mendes, Ly Frey, Aida Gouveia | Written by Jess Franco, Erwin C. Dietrich | Directed by Jess Franco

The film opens up on a sun kissed beach in Haiti. A group of locals are in the middle of a Voodoo ritual (pointed out in almost clumsy Mondo documentary like narration). They sure are having a good time letting loose and letting it all hang out! As this is going on a ship arrives. One of the passengers is Susan, a wealthy woman played by Ada Tauler (Love Camp). She is greeted by a young and attractive woman by the name of Inès, played by Nanda Van Bergen (Women Without Innocence). Susan is in Haiti (shame the actress dubbing her voice can’t really pronounce it properly) to meet and spend time with her husband Jack, played
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Jess Franco’s Vampyros Lesbos at The Hi-Pointe Midnights This Weekend

Vampyros Lesbos screens midnights this Friday and Saturday (February 6th and 7th) at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117)

I can’t believe after all these years I’m finally getting to see a Jess Franco movie on the big screen. This weekend at The Hi-Pointe Theater, Andy at Destroy the Brain is offering up one the late Spanish director’s most noteworthy and beautiful films, Vampyros Lesbos, as part of the Late Night Grindhouse Midnight series.

I first discovered the captivating allure of Jess Franco as a child when his Count Dracula (1970) and Attack Of The Robots (1966) would constantly air on the creature feature syndicate. Even as a kid, I was captivated by Franco’s hypnotic, dreamy style and I can remember being puzzled by a narcotic quality I wasn’t used to. It was when VHS tapes were introduced in the early ‘80s that I really sought out his work.
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Late Horror Icon Paul Naschy Returns in Upcoming Film Wax

Back in 2009 we lost iconic Spanish actor Paul Naschy, who is best known for playing a handful of legendary monsters, including the Wolfman, Frankenstein's monster, Dracula and the Mummy. Five years after his death, Naschy is set to return to the screen in a film entitled Wax.

Per Bloody Disgusting, Victor Matellano's debut film will feature the voice of Naschy, which will emanate from one of the film's animatronic wax figures. The voice samples were taken from old theatrical recordings.

Jack Taylor, Geraldine Chaplin, and Jimmy Shaw also star in the film, and you can check out the teaser trailer, poster art, and a few stills below, the latter of which are loaded with tasty boobage!


Wax tells the story of a young journalist employed to spend a night at Barcelona’s Wax Museum, where paranormal activities are supposed to be taking place. He must record everything happening there.
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Blue Undergound Bringing The Complete Blind Dead Collection to DVD

Not only did the Amando de Ossorio-directed 1971 flick Tombs of the Blind Dead kickstart a boom of Spanish horror films, but it also served as the starting off point for an entire franchise, collectively known as the Blind Dead series.

Now, courtesy of Blue Undergound, the entire quadrilogy is coming home! Read on for plot crunches and full release details for the 'The Complete Blind Dead Saga,' which is a must-own for fans of zombie cinema. Look for it on July 29th!

Tombs of the Blind Dead Synopsis

In 1971, director Amando de Ossorio created what horror fans worldwide consider to be Spain’s Night Of The Living Dead. In Ossorio’s nightmare vision, a legion of Knights Templar – executed horsemen whose eyes had been pecked out by crows – rise rotting from their graves, hunting only by sound in a quest for human flesh. The Blind Dead saga begins here,
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Blue Underground to Release The Complete Blind Dead Saga on DVD

Back in 2005, Blue Underground released a limited edition box set of The Blind Dead films, but they’ve just announced that they will be re-releasing the movies as a 4-disc DVD set on July 29th:

“They are called The Blind Dead, heretic horsemen whose eyes were burned out to prevent them from finding their way back from Hell. Over the course of 4 unforgettable films, writer/director Amando de Ossorio created what fright fans worldwide consider to be one of the most startling series in horror history. This unique quartet of shockers delivers a relentless onslaught of creepy atmosphere, shocking violence, forbidden sexuality, and the still-chilling icons of EuroHorror: The eyeless undead who hunt by sound in their quest for human flesh. Don’t move… don’t breathe… don’t let them hear your heart beating: The Blind Dead are back!

Blue Underground is proud to present the Definitive Editions of these four long-unseen classics,
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Wamg Tribute: Director Jess Franco – 1930-2013

Sad news from Spain. Legendary director Jesús Franco Manera, aka Jess Franco, aka Clifford Brown and a couple dozen more pseudonyms, often took from the names of the American jazz musicians he so admired, has died at the age of 82. Franco suffered a stroke last week from which he couldn’t recover.

His Erotic Rites Of Frankenstein featured a shrieking, silver-skinned Frankenstein’s monster relentlessly whipping a man and a woman tied together over a bed of spikes. It was but one of countless sublime images from the output of the most prolific Exploitation director of all-time (yes, that includes Corman). With a repertoire of over 200 titles, Franco enriched the world of Eurohorror/Exploitation by writing, directing, and scoring a vast variety of films, including masterpieces such as Female Vampire, Count Dracula, Faceless, Night Of The Bloody Judge, Eugenie De Sade, and Venus In Furs, an epic amount of art,
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Movie Review: Horror of The Zombies

Reviewed by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

Horror of the Zombies” (1974)

Directed By: Amando de Ossorio

Written By: Amando de Ossorio

Starring: Maria Perschy (Lillian), Jack Taylor (Howard Tucker), Barbara Rey (Noemi), Carlos Lemos (Professor Gruber), Manuel de Blas (Sergio), Blanca Estrada (Kathy)

Oh the horror I experienced watching Horror of the Zombies though not as bad as I expected it to be. This movie is similar to other movies released around this time. The movie is commonly known under the name “Blind Dead.” It has also been released under the title “The Ghost Galleon” and in Spain under its original title “El buque maldito.” The other Blind Dead movies are seemingly better as this one has 1970s cheesiness woven into it. The other three movies in this set are “Tombs of the Blind Dead”, “Return of the Blind Dead”, and “Night of the Seagulls.” It was originally released in the
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The Solution Entertainment Group Takes International Rights To Grand Piano Starring Elijah Wood

The Solution Entertainment Group (.The Solution.) has acquired international rights to Grand Piano, the new thriller from Spanish producing team Adrian Guerra and Rodrigo Cortés (upcoming Red Lights, Buried), starring Elijah Wood (upcoming The Hobbit, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy), written by Damien Chazelle and to be directed by sought after Spanish director Eugenio Mira (The Birthday), it was announced today by The Solution.s founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.

Guerra and Cortés will produce the film, scheduled to start shooting in July, under their Spain-based company, Nostromo Pictures.

Forced into early retirement because of crippling stage fright, Wood is a piano virtuoso who returns to the stage where the recital turns deadly and he is forced to literally play for his life in the tense and twisted psychological thriller.

The Solution will be presenting the title to international buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.
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Pieces and other Cult Classics heading to Blu-ray Courtesy of Arrow Video

Arrow Video may not be a company that we hear a lot of living in the Us, but this European distribution company has seen a steady rise to fame due to its consistent unveiling of quality products. Specializing in cult or European horror films, Arrow Video is the reason why such films as Mario Bava’s A Bay of Blood, George Romero’s Martin, and Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond, have all been released on Blu-ray. Yet, these films are just a handful of the dozens of films that have seen the Blu-ray light of day. Typically you would have to own an all-region Blu-ray player to enjoy discs from across the pond. Arrow has fixed this though by releasing most of their films region free! Now the company is ready to remind you that “you don’t need to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre.” The 1982 splatter film Pieces is heading to Blu-ray.
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Arrow announce September DVD line-up

Arrow have released details of their September DVD release line-up for both Arrow Video – which is home to some of the UK’s best DVD and Blu-ray releases (well at least for us cult & horror fans), and Arrowdrome - Arrow Video’s sister label which looks set to be another great home for some quality exploitation titles… The details come from our new exclusive feed with Cult Labs, so expect more Arrow announcements in the future!

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Pieces (DVD)

When you meet him, you’ll go to Pieces! Jigsaw puzzles can be maddening. They drive to distraction. You might even go so crazy to take your own mother down with an axe…

On a Boston Campus, young girls are missing out. Missing out on hands, feet, arms and heads as a certain puzzled psychopath, forty years down the line, carves a bloody swathe through the female college population. Only
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