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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.

Director:

(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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Pieces... It's exactly what you think it is! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Release Date:

23 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Juan, he owns the jigsaw puzzle used in the film as shown in a DVD extra where he's reviewing his posters for the film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 2 mins) After Timmy kills the mother in the prologue, her mouth is open when she dies. In the next shot, it is closed; this also happens in a flashback. See more »

Quotes

Det. Lt. Bracken: Randy, I want you to run a complete check on the staff: Full background, IN DEPTH! If you have to, use the department's full budget!
Sgt. Holden: Okay, Lieutenant.
Det. Lt. Bracken: Heh, I figured you'd like that. But do your best job, pal. I don't think we have much time before the next one.
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Connections

Featured in Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012) See more »

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User Reviews

'Pieces' is a wonderfully entertaining trashy slasher movie. Dumb, but lots of fun.
14 March 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Pieces' is a wonderfully entertaining trashy slasher movie. Dumb, but lots of fun. It has impeccable exploitation credentials - directed by the guy who gave us 'Slugs - The Movie' and co-written by both Dick Randall (assorted kung fu and Emanuelle movies) and shlockmaster Joe D'Amato, director of the legendary 'Antropophagus'(a.k.a. 'The Grim Reaper') to name the most notorious of his 150+ movies. Plus the star is Christopher George ('The Exterminator', Fulci's 'City Of The Living Dead'). George plays a cop sent in to investigate some bloody slayings on a college campus (the movie is Spanish but tries to pretend it's American). The viewer knows the killer is obsessed with female bodies and there is a recurring motif involving jigsaws and mirrors. As in most slasher movies there are plenty of suspects to choose from, including a scary looking gardener (cult favourite Paul Smith, 'Midnight Express', 'Crimewave'), a Professor of Anatomy (Jack Taylor, who appeared in a few Jess Franco classics like 'Succubus' and 'Eugenie'), and the Dean (Edmund Purdom, 'The Fifth Cord', 'Ator'). The lovely Lynda Day (Christopher George's wife) plays an undercover tennis coach(!) and spaghetti western veteran Frank Brana is George's sidekick. If you approach 'Pieces' with the right frame of mind you'll have a hell of a good time. It's bloody, completely illogical and contains the most unexpected martial arts scene in the history of horror movies (yeah, I know...)


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