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Murder-Set-Pieces -- A fashion photographer exposes his demented childhood and zooms his evil lens on the oldest profession under the quite possibly the most notorious serial killer film ever made.
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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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 Baio ... Hooker #1 (as Renee Sloan)
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
Jami Jent ... High Chair Girl #2 (as Jamie Jent)
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jill Michelle ... Various (uncredited)

Directed by
Nick Palumbo 
Writing credits
Nick Palumbo (written by)

Produced by
Herman Goering .... executive producer
Nancy Klein .... line producer
Ehrlich Livingston .... executive producer
Nick Palumbo .... producer
Andrew Piersante .... executive producer
Thomas Quinlin .... executive producer
Original Music by
The Bronx Casket Co.  (as The Bronx Casket Company)
Eric Galligan 
The Giallos Flame 
Cinematography by
Brendan Flynt 
Film Editing by
Todd C. Ramsay  (as Todd Ramsay)
Casting by
Nick Palumbo 
Art Direction by
Joe Zito 
Set Decoration by
Ethan Allred 
Makeup Department
Jerami Cruise .... makeup artist
Ricky Lee Leonard .... makeup artist
Fred Vogel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tess Fayre .... production manager
Leonard Hayes .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Cristie Whiles .... storyboard artist (as Cristie 'Crusty' Whiles)
Sound Department
David Bartlett .... adr editor
David Bartlett .... adr mixer
David Bartlett .... sound effects editor
David Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Beachy .... sound mixer
Rod Bermudez .... sound mixer
Jeff K. Brunello .... sound effects editor
Mike Fields .... boom operator
Randall Gillion .... sound coordinator
Sean Grey .... sound assistant
David Kitchens .... sound supervisor
Michael Kreple .... adr mixer
Michael Kreple .... dialogue editor
Chris McDonough .... foley mixer
Evan Meszaros .... boom operator (as Evan Messaros)
Jessica Pettyjohn .... sound coordinator
Eric Reuveni .... sound re-recording mixer
Terra Reuveni .... sound coordinator
Walt Taymor .... sound mixer
Chris Thomas .... sound assistant
Ben Zarai .... adr mixer
Ben Zarai .... sound supervisor
Special Effects by
Jerami Cruise .... special effects
Ricky Lee Leonard .... special effects
Fred Vogel .... special effects
Sven Garrett .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Arsenio Assin .... second assistant camera
Ron Brooks .... electrician
Jason Cielo .... electrician
Marcis Cole .... steadicam operator
Gabriel Delerme .... gaffer
Lucas Eberstark .... grip
George Gatter .... chief electrician
Werner Gropp .... loader
Paul Grupp .... key grip
Emil Hampton .... focus puller
Felix Heilemann .... gaffer
Tet Kay .... first assistant camera (as Tertius Kuijper)
Steve Larno .... electrician
Rick Leeson .... best boy
Fritz Luffa .... grip
Jurgen Reichmann .... gaffer
Mark Rosenthal .... best boy
Jimmy Sans .... best boy
Philip Spitznamen .... grip
William Springs .... best boy
Hans Tobias .... grip
Shelby Lyn Vogel .... still photographer (as Shelby Jackson)
Jonas Weimer .... gaffer
John Willis .... grip
Paul Bischot .... key grip (uncredited)
Shane Sauer .... gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Alex D'Lerma .... adr voice casting
Editorial Department
Deborah McAfee .... negative cutter (as Debbie McAfee)
Brian J. Cavanaugh .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Jennifer Avenell .... production assistant
Sara Faber .... script supervisor
Alice Foreman .... publicist
Sam Osman .... caterer
Warren Prewitt .... production assistant
Megan Reagan .... production assistant
Natasha Trotter .... production assistant
Paul W. Hazen .... film acquisitions representative (uncredited)
Brett Dandow .... special thanks
Art Ettinger .... special thanks
Brendan Flynt .... special thanks
Neal Fredericks .... this film is dedicated to
Ryan Golchuk .... special thanks
Elaine Lamkin .... special thanks
Paul Lew .... special thanks
David Palumbo .... special thanks
Steve Restivo .... special thanks
Janice Risser .... special thanks
Dana Strum .... special thanks
D.D. Verni .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • ToeTag FX (special makeup effects) (as Toe Tag Pictures)
Other Companies

Additional Details

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Rated R for grisly bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexuality and nudity, and for language
105 min | 91 min (director's cut) | USA:83 min (R-rated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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)
Filming Locations:

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30 people are murdered in this film and 55 gallons of blood was spilled.See more »
The Photographer:In my mind's eye I light fires in your cities.See more »
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52 out of 74 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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