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Murder-Set-Pieces -- Set against Sun City, Las Vegas, "Murder-Set-Pieces" tells the story of a fashion photographer whose vocation is murder.

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Prepare yourself for the first American NC-17 horror film. See more »
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Tells the story of a fashion photographer whose vocation is murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Sven Garrett ... The Photographer

Cerina Vincent ... L.A. Girl

Tony Todd ... Clerk

Gunnar Hansen ... Mechanic

Edwin Neal ... Good Samaritan (as Ed Neal)
Jade Risser ... Jade

Valerie Baber ... Charlotte
Destiny St. Claire ... Weight Bench Girl
Maria Keough ... Little Girl on Bus

Renee Sloan ... Hooker #1
Lauren Palac ... Hooker #2
Andrea Mitchell ... Model
Jessie DeRoock ... Young Photographer
LeAnn Clinton ... Girl on tracks
Shandee Lang ... High Chair Girl #1 (as Shandee Long)
Christina Holsinger ... Hooker #3
Fred Vogel ... Masked Psycho
Darren Williams ... Masked Psycho #2
Jerami Cruise ... Video Victim
Cristie Whiles ... Dildo Girl #1
Shelby Lyn Vogel ... Dildo Girl #2 (as Shelby Jackson)
Jeremy Haye ... Security Guard
Kylle Epperson ... Green Ball Girl
Katie Richards ... Megan
Amber Richards ... Toilet Girl
Natalie Scytow ... Strip Girl #1
Sarah Murray ... Strip Girl #2
Crissy Moran ... Tree Girl #1
Jenna Velanni ... Tree Girl #2 (as Jenna Valanni)
Shawna Jacobs ... Ice Cream Girl #1
Shannon Weller ... Ice Cream Girl #2
Stephanie Negrete ... Dream Girl
Carrie Flaska ... Zombie
Natalie Himmler ... Halloween Girl #1
Hannah Keough ... Halloween Girl #3
Brittni Truitt ... Halloween Girl #4
Karri Jonas ... Halloween Girl #5
Sherrie Winings ... Psychic (as Sherri Winings)
Tanja Grupp ... German Mother
Kendra Flynt ... Baby Girl
Jamie Jent ... High Chair Girl #2
Ashley Twigg ... Chainsaw Girl
Carmen Dunn ... Old Lady #1
Joan Gibbs ... Old Lady #2
Janice Risser ... Salon Patron #3
Casie Gillespie ... Candy
Andrea Hartman ... Basement Girl #1
Carrie Shields ... Basement Girl #2
Jennifer Stuber ... Basement Girl #3
Jennifer Cross ... Basement Girl #4
Stacy Kushniruk ... Basement Girl #5
Shawna Hale ... Basement Girl #6

Lana Stewart Nold ... Basement Girl #7
Jena Peacock ... Mirror Girl
Liv Holley ... Pole Girl
Natasha Bunker ... Dancing Blonde Girl
Paul Bischot ... Bus driver
Danyel Makenna ... Bus Rider
Shawna Edge ... Bud Rider
David Palumbo ... Bus Rider

Rob Marchitti ... Bus Rider
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Jill Michelle ... Various (uncredited)
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Directed by
Nick Palumbo 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nick Palumbo 

Produced by
Herman Goering .... executive producer
Ehrlich Livingston .... executive producer
Nick Palumbo .... producer
Andrew Piersante .... executive producer
Thomas Quinlin .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
The Bronx Casket Co. 
The Giallos Flame 
Necrophagia 
Zombi 
 
Cinematography by
Brendan Flynt 
 
Film Editing by
Todd C. Ramsay 
 
Casting by
Nick Palumbo 
 
Art Direction by
Joe Zito 
 
Art Department
Cristie Whiles .... storyboard artist (as Cristie 'Crusty' Whiles)
 
Sound Department
David Bartlett .... adr supervisor
David Bartlett .... sound effects editor
David Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
David Bartlett .... supervising sound editor
Joe Beachy .... sound mixer
Rod Bermudez .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff K. Brunello .... sound effects editor
David Kitchens .... sound supervisor
Evan Meszaros .... location sound recordist
Eric Reuveni .... sound re-recording mixer
Ben Zarai .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Jerami Cruise .... special effects supervisor
Ricky Lee Leonard .... special effects assistant
Fred Vogel .... special effects technician
 
Stunts
Sven Garrett .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arsenio Assin .... second assistant camera
Paul Bischot .... key grip
Marcis Cole .... Steadicam operator (as Marc Cole)
Gabriel Delerme .... gaffer
George Gatter .... electrician
Werner Gropp .... camera loader
Paul Grupp .... grip
Emil Hampton .... second assistant camera
Tet Kay .... first assistant camera (as Tertius Kuijper)
Fritz Luffa .... grip
Shane Sauer .... gaffer
John Willis .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Brian J. Cavanaugh .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul W. Hazen .... film acquisitions representative
 
Thanks
Art Ettinger .... special thanks
Elaine Lamkin .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for grisly bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexuality and nudity, and for language
Runtime:
105 min | 91 min (director's cut) | USA:83 min (R-rated version)
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Canada:18A (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2007) (director's cut) | Ireland:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Norway:18 | Norway:(Banned) (re-rating) (2008) | UK:(Banned) | USA:R | USA:Unrated (director's cut)
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Despite constant internet rumors this film was never given an NC-17 by the MPAA.See more »
Quotes:
The Photographer:What happens to you when you die?
Jade:You just rot away.
The Photographer:And you believe that?
Jade:Yea, I guess.
The Photographer:Remind me to take your picture sometime.
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48 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
From the "Naked Dead Girl Cult" school of juvenile film-making..., 30 January 2006
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

Here's my review of the "controversial" MURDER SET PIECES:

Story: beefy German-speaking serial killer murders tons of naked women in Las Vegas. For 90 minutes, we see various naked women getting killed by the serial killer. The women are tortured, sliced, diced, chainsawed, etc, to death.

That's it.

There's very little attempt to create suspense or understanding into the few characters populating this claustrophobic flick. It's all surface. No depth whatsoever. And any level of realism in MSP was thrown out of the window because the abysmal acting, certainly from all the bimbos. I mean, we are talking HG Lewis level of acting here.

The main actor, Sven Garrett, was OK but he's definitely not a seasoned pro. He looked more like he belonged in the WWE than a horror film. The lack of coaching or practice, which is standard in low budget films, was evident with Garrett. For instance, he was totally unconvincing as a photographer. I'm sure he never held a 35mm camera in his entire life before making the film. He should have spent a bit more time researching for his role than doing weights at the gym. Oddly enough though, the casting of Garrett is one of the few "original" aspects about MSP. Garrett is a somewhat good-looking, somewhat Neantherdal looking (depending on which angle he's shot from). Unlike MANIAC or DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE type of films, where the psycho is always homely, the director probably thought having a hunky serial killer would make sense due to the humongous amount of women murdered in MSP. His presence and the director's intent to show off his physique are the only things that contrast with the plethora of naked girls in the film. This includes the pointless scene with Garrett in a swimsuit and having visions of 9/11.

The serial killer's psychosis is confused and, like the rest of the movie, hopelessly muddled and badly written. Why does he kill all these women? Because is grandfather was a Nazi? In one scene, you see him chew on a corpse. Is he a cannibal? Is he a Neo-Nazi cannibal? He also has sex with his victims while he kills and tortures them. Does this mean he can't get it up without blood or violence? Is he a an impotent Neo-Nazi cannibal?

If it wasn't for the really bad acting on the women's part, the movie and the level of violence towards women seen in it would have been impossible to watch. The ONLY truly "disturbing" aspect of MSP is the unrelenting violence made towards women, which is numbing. The women all blend together and I couldn't tell who he was killing after a while. Just look at the film's credit to see the number of anonymously named women written for this flick: Basement Girl #2, Hooker #3, High Chair Girl #1, Tree Girl #2, Dildo Girl #1, etc. Because the violence made towards women is so unrelenting (I've lost count after 20 minutes into the movie...) but also because of what is left out of the landscape: we basically only see the beefy psycho killing naked, screaming women. We see almost nothing else. Are there any other people out there? Whatever happened to the scene with the medium/card reader seen in the trailer? This somewhat minimalist approach to the "story", more to do with the director's complete inability to come up with any other idea than killing naked women, accidentally creates the film's only distinctive quality, and indirectly, the film's unrelenting violence shown towards women became more and more disturbing as it went along. Disturbing because I suddenly realized that what I was watching was something clearly made by people with, hmmm, a *lot* of issues.

The direction is stilted and awkward. You can really see that the director was "influenced" by films like "Texas chainsaw Massacre" (the film starts with flashbulbs illuminating a corpse of a naked woman...) or HALLOWEEN, and a lot of nights spent at strip clubs trying to woo investors. Oddly enough, the look and direction of MSP reminded me more of THE BOOGEYMAN (1980), Ulli Lommel's horror opus. The filmmaker has no vision or understanding of what horror is. He just used clichéd aspects of horror movies (gore, naked girls, Nazies, chainsaws, naked girls, Halloween, etc) and tried to make something shocking. The director's inexperienced is obvious throughout the film and seeing him try to combine heavy subjects like serial killings, sex, violence and 9/11 was the only true entertaining aspect of MSP. Watching all these missteps was fascinating, to say the least, and the reason I gave this 3 stars instead of 1.

Here's a question I have for the director: Would the film have been more effective if, let's say, the women actually had kept their clothes on? Probably. Because the nudity is so gratuitous (and, in the end, unrealistic) that the only thing I got out of watching MSP is the number of "actresses" out there who are willing to take their clothes off for a few bucks for roles in a low-budget film; how many of them actually had sex with the producers; and how "interesting" the casting sessions must have been ("Can you scream but with your clothes off?"). Scenes of the Photographer taking pictures of two naked 'playmate' women against a tree were included only to titillate the male audience. It's eye candy, for sure, but in the end it's more of a disservice to the film's 'realism' than anything else.

MURDER SET PIECES suffers from the fact that it's too trashy to be seen as a serious "shocking" portrait of a killer and it's not fun enough to be seen as great exploitation.

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