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Pieces (1982)

Mil gritos tiene la noche (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Mystery | 23 September 1983 (USA)
Young co-eds are being cut up by a chainsaw killer on a college campus. The killer is attempting to put together a human jigsaw puzzle made from body parts.

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(as J.Piquer Simon)

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) (as John Shadow)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Bracken
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Mary Riggs (as Linda Day)
Frank Braña ...
Sgt. Holden
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Ian Sera ...
Kendall
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Willard (as Paul Smith)
Jack Taylor ...
Professor Brown
Gérard Tichy ...
Dr. Jennings
May Heatherly ...
Mrs. Reston
Hilda Fuchs ...
Grace - the Dean's Secretary
Roxana Nieto ...
Virginia Palmer, 1st victim
Cristina Cottrelli ...
Jenny, pool victim (as Cristina Cottrel)
Leticia Marfil ...
Suzie
Silvia Gambino ...
Mary, elevator victim
Carmen Aguado ...
Carla, aerobics instructor
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Storyline

While playing with a puzzle, a teenager is repressed by his mother, and he kills her and severs her body with an ax. Forty years later, in an university campus in Boston, a serial killer kills young women and severs their bodies in parts, stealing body pieces from each student. Lt. Bracken makes a deal with the dean of the campus, and infiltrates the agent Mary Riggs as if she were a tennis teacher and together with the student Kendall, they try to find the identity of the killer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Carvalho, Brazil

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Horror | Mystery

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Trivia

A pig carcass was used for the close-up of the chain saw cutting through the tennis player. See more »

Goofs

When the killer saws off one of the woman's arms, no blood can be seen spurting out of the sawed off arm, despite the chainsaw making contact with it (that is until the next shot). See more »

Quotes

Det. Lt. Bracken: The killer is someone that is either on or near the campus!
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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Stupid but surprisingly funny!
29 June 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Gorehounds won't be disappointed by PIECES, a rather late entry in the late seventies-early eighties slasher cycle which knows what the target audience wants and gives it to them by the bucketload. Right from the opening sequence in which a young lad is assembling a naughty jigsaw puzzle and promptly hacks his mother to death for spoiling his fun, this film is about as subtle as a bucket of lard. Despite the crummy performances, inane dialogue and laughable attempts at making this some kind of 'whodunnit' (always a bad idea in this kind of flick), PIECES does actually manage to muster some degree of morbid atmosphere and claustrophobic discomfort, particularly during the murder scenes. Having said that, the gore itself is strictly bargain basement and reminiscent of Monty Python, but the quantity is what matters here, and there's so much syrup in PIECES, the screen virtually drips with it. For all its sicko-cranky-misogynistic traits, however, PIECES is surprisingly funny and easy to watch, especially if you like this kind of thing, and the downright bizarre 'trick' ending manages to wipe out everything that's gone before, so you'll need to watch it a couple of times at least to get a real handle on what's happening here. Best watched late at night, preferably whilst in some kind of altered state, but there are far worse horror movies to kill time with.


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