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Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh (1991)

R | | Comedy, Horror | 2 May 1991 (USA)
Two cops and a detective's daughter go after a chainsaw killer.


(as Alan Smithee)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Dengel ...
Sweeney Birdwell
Joe Sharkey ...
Joe Blocker
Susann Fletcher ...
Deedee Taylor
Beverly Penberthy ...
Erma Birdwell
Grace (as Jane Esther Hamilton)
Jackie Cairo
Pat Logan ...
Medical Examiner (as Michael Eugene Fairman)
Robert Stoeckle ...
Gus Klimt
John S. Moyer ...
Unfortunate Boy in Car (as John Moyer)
Unfortunate Girl in Car (as Jhonnie Marie McCague)
Richard M. Sieg ...
Police Caterer
Jerry Ross ...
Healthy Waiter
Bob Perkins ...
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Two cops and a detective's daughter go after a chainsaw killer.

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Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality, violence and some language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

2 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Picking Up the Pieces  »

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Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the end the killer is holding a chainsaw that by the sound of it is running, but it is clear to see that the chains are perfectly still. See more »


Near the end of the scene where Erma Birdwell returns from her smoking therapy session, she speaks with the characteristic buzz of her electrolarynx device, but the device is nowhere near her throat. See more »


Featured in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

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7 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Do you like B movies? REALLY like B movies? This is the one for you! If you prefer to watch REAL FILMS, don't bother. I doubt the Academy ever watched this one, and they certainly wouldn't be nominating it for any awards.

A twisted comedy/thriller (listed as horror, but thriller seems more appropriate), this flick -- I dare not call it a FILM -- was refreshing, like a spring rain. Think Naked Gun on a low, LOW budget. Serial killer, brutal murders of prostitutes (with the most enticing weapon selections), a cop who vomits at the sight of blood, AND a porn star (Jane Hamilton as dull-witted roller-skating waitress Grace) . . .

There's no point in discussing cinematography; I'm guessing film-school camera work and editing. Better than Blair Witch, not as good as Suspiria. Acting is mediocre, but at a level appropriate to the genre.

Keep your eyes open for occasional sight gags, and your ears open for the one-liners. Corny sometimes, but again, appropriate to the genre. A few good laughs, some pretty good gore (much more convincing blood than Argento uses), and a fun plot twist.

If I've learned one thing from this movie, it is: If you are a prostitute, and your trick brings a generator, run. Fast.

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