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Pieces (1982)

Mil gritos tiene la noche (original title)
Young co-eds are being dismembered by a mysterious murderer 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)

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

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Mary Riggs (as Linda Day)
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Sgt. Holden (as Frank Brana)
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Willard (as Paul Smith)
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Dr. Jennings (as Gerard Tichy)
May Heatherly ...
Mrs. Reston
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Grace - Dean's Secretary
Roxana Nieto ...
Virginia Palmer - 1st Victim
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Jenny - Pool Victim (as Cristina Cottrel)
Leticia Marfil ...
Suzie - Locker Room Victim
Silvia Gambino ...
Mary - Elevator Victim
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$604,510, 25 September 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,032,311
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Trivia

The "look" of the killer was based on the comic book character "The Shadow", not as is often thought Italian 'giallo' cinema. See more »

Goofs

Before the fifth victim is killed, it's quite obvious that the door has been sculpted on the one spot where the chainsaw comes in through from previous takes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Timmy Weldon: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put the pieces together again.
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References Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948) See more »

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Naked to Be Killed - A Slash, Gore and Cheesy Cult-Movie
24 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

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 (Christopher George) makes a deal with the dean of the campus, and infiltrates the agent Mary Riggs (Lynda Day George) as if she were a tennis teacher and together with the student Kendall (Ian Sera), they try to find the identity of the killer.

"Pieces" is so bad, senseless and ridiculous, that contradictory becomes very hilarious and a slash, gore and cheesy cult-movie. The first funny points are the beautiful naked "actresses", always naked to be killed – all the victims are women with delicious bodies. The dialogs, screams and situations are so absurd that become another attraction: the tennis player that is an undercover cop to survive; or the student that accesses the documents and help the police in the investigation itself; or the killer that starts killing forty years after his first death with unexplained reasons or trigger. I could list lots of unreasonable situations in the screenplay, but better off the viewer finds them (and certainly will). The bloody effects are good, but when the killer is stabbing a woman on a water bed, the terrible cut is absolutely visible. I personally liked this film a lot, but I only recommend it for fans of trash-movies. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Terror da Serra Elétrica" ("The Chainsaw Terror")


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