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Pieces (1982)

Mil gritos tiene la noche (original title)
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.


(as J.Piquer Simon)


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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Bracken
Mary Riggs (as Linda Day)
Frank Braña ...
Sgt. Holden
Ian Sera ...
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 ...
Silvia Gambino ...
Mary, elevator victim
Carmen Aguado ...
Carla, aerobics instructor


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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Release Date:

23 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$300,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


(at around 15 mins) Willard is clearly not carrying gloves; albeit in the next shot of him cleaning the chainsaw blade, he has gloves on. So how did they get there? See more »


Det. Lt. Bracken: The killer is someone that is either on or near the campus!
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References Friday the 13th (1980) See more »

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An entertaining horror classic!
7 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a fun horror film that takes you back to a time when horror was fun and over the top. The violence and premise is so over the top I'm astounded that people are offended. It's ridiculous, but that is the fun. The film follows a serial killer who is chopping up co-eds in the college town. A deal is struck to go under cover and yes the execution is as fun and ridiculous as it sounds! Throughout the film people are killed and the most absurd ways. I won't give any away, but I was shaking my head and disbelief and waiting the next absurd scenario. The film also has shaky dubbing and the acting and script so over the top it is impossible not to be entertained by this Grindhouse classic!

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