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  (in credits order)
Ed Green ... Narrator (voice)

John Carpenter ... Himself

Wes Craven ... Himself

Herb Freed ... Himself

Stan Winston ... Himself

Tom Savini ... Himself
John Dunning ... Himself
Joseph Stefano ... Himself
Jeff Katz ... Himself
Debra Hill ... Herself
Malek Akkad ... Himself

Greg Nicotero ... Himself
Amy Holden Jones ... Herself (as Amy Holden-Jones)

Rob Zombie ... Himself
Anthony Timpone ... Himself (as Tony Timpone)
Sean S. Cunningham ... Himself

Betsy Palmer ... Herself

Harry Manfredini ... Himself
Paul Lynch ... Himself
Joseph Zito ... Himself

Armand Mastroianni ... Himself

Felissa Rose ... Herself
Chela Johnson ... Herself
Fred Walton ... Himself
Lilyan Chauvin ... Herself

Robert Shaye ... Himself
Robert Oppenheimer ... Himself

Christa Campbell ... Herself

Aine Leicht ... Herself
Gage Leicht ... Himself
Natasha Talonz ... Herself
Michael Powell ... Himself (archive footage)
Karlheinz Böhm ... Himself (archive footage) (as Carl Boehm)

Anna Massey ... Herself (archive footage)
Brenda Bruce ... Herself (archive footage)
Maxine Audley ... Herself (archive footage)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage)

Janet Leigh ... Herself (archive footage)

Anthony Perkins ... Himself (archive footage)
Lucy Grantham ... Herself (archive footage)
Sandra Peabody ... Herself (archive footage)

David Hess ... Himself (archive footage)
Fred J. Lincoln ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeramie Rain ... Herself (archive footage)

Lynne Griffin ... Herself (archive footage)
Marian Waldman ... Herself (archive footage)

Michael Berryman ... Himself (archive footage)

Moustapha Akkad ... Himself (archive footage)

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Herself (archive footage)

Donald Pleasence ... Himself (archive footage)
Nancy Kyes ... Herself (archive footage)

P.J. Soles ... Herself (archive footage)

Charles Cyphers ... Himself (archive footage)

Brian Andrews ... Himself (archive footage)

Kyle Richards ... Herself (archive footage)
John Michael Graham ... Himself (archive footage)
Nick Castle ... Himself (archive footage)

Gwen Van Dam ... Herself (archive footage)
Will Sandin ... Himself (archive footage)

George O'Hanlon Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)

Tony Moran ... Himself (archive footage)
Adrienne King ... Herself (archive footage)
Robbi Morgan ... Herself (archive footage)
Jeannine Taylor ... Herself (archive footage)

Kevin Bacon ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry Crosby ... Himself (archive footage)
Walt Gorney ... Himself (archive footage)
Willie Adams ... Himself (archive footage)
Debra S. Hayes ... Herself (archive footage)
Ari Lehman ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Tough ... Himself (archive footage)

Leslie Nielsen ... Himself (archive footage)
Joy Thompson ... Herself (archive footage)
Pita Oliver ... Herself (archive footage)
Casey Stevens ... Himself (archive footage)
Anne-Marie Martin ... Herself (archive footage) (as Eddie Benton)
David Mucci ... Himself (archive footage)
Sheldon Rybowski ... Himself (archive footage)
Tammy Bourne ... Herself (archive footage)
Dean Bosacki ... Himself (archive footage)
Leslie Scott ... Herself (archive footage)
Joyce Kite ... Herself (archive footage)
Brock Simpson ... Himself (archive footage)
Karen Forbes ... Herself (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karen Abbott ... Herself (archive footage)

Jason Alexander ... Himself (archive footage)

Melissa Sue Anderson ... Herself (archive footage)

Dario Argento ... Himself (archive footage)

David Arquette ... Himself (archive footage)

Patricia Arquette ... Herself (archive footage)

Priscilla Barnes ... Herself (archive footage)

Drew Barrymore ... Herself (archive footage)

Mario Bava ... Himself (archive footage)

Kimberly Beck ... Herself (archive footage)

Tobin Bell ... Himself (archive footage)

Camilla Belle ... Herself (archive footage)
Joseph Beruh ... Himself (archive footage)

Jessica Biel ... Herself (archive footage)

Ronee Blakley ... Herself (archive footage)

Hart Bochner ... Himself (archive footage)

David Boreanaz ... Himself (archive footage)

Dominick Brascia ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Brooker ... Himself (archive footage)
Rita Mae Brown ... Herself (archive footage)

W. Earl Brown ... Himself (archive footage)

Andrew Bryniarski ... Himself (archive footage)
Howard Busgang ... Himself (archive footage)

Neve Campbell ... Herself (archive footage)

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)
Denise Cheshire ... Herself (archive footage)

George Clooney ... Himself (archive footage)
Christopher Collet ... Himself (archive footage)

Courteney Cox ... Herself (archive footage)

Matt Craven ... Himself (archive footage)
Sandee Currie ... Herself (archive footage)
Lou David ... Himself (archive footage)
Vicky Dawson ... Herself (archive footage)

Debra De Liso ... Herself (archive footage) (as Debra Deliso)

Jonathan Demme ... Himself (archive footage)

Johnny Depp ... Himself (archive footage)

Heather Donahue ... Herself (archive footage)
Lisa Dunsheath ... Herself (archive footage)

Rodney Eastman ... Himself (archive footage)

Roger Ebert ... Himself (archive footage)

Cary Elwes ... Himself (archive footage)

Robert Englund ... Himself (archive footage)

Corey Feldman ... Himself (archive footage)

Glenn Ford ... Himself (archive footage)

Deborah Foreman ... Herself (archive footage)

Jodie Foster ... Herself (archive footage)

Jsu Garcia ... Himself (archive footage)

Rebecca Gayheart ... Herself (archive footage)

Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Herself (archive footage)

Warrington Gillette ... Himself (archive footage)
Joy Glaccum ... Herself (archive footage)

Farley Granger ... Himself (archive footage)

Sid Haig ... Himself (archive footage)

Tom Hanks ... Himself (archive footage)

Jessica Harper ... Herself (archive footage)

Jay Hernandez ... Himself (archive footage)

Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Herself (archive footage)

Andree Honore ... Herself (archive footage)

Anthony Hopkins ... Himself (archive footage)

Gina Smika Hunter ... Herself (archive footage)

Holly Hunter ... Herself (archive footage)

Joshua Jackson ... Himself (archive footage)

Katherine Kamhi ... Herself (archive footage)

Jamie Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Dana Kimmell ... Herself (archive footage)

Ken Kirzinger ... Himself (archive footage)
Marta Kober ... Herself (archive footage)

Heather Langenkamp ... Herself (archive footage)
Edgar Lansbury ... Himself (archive footage)
J. Lee Thompson ... Himself (archive footage)

Matthew Lillard ... Himself (archive footage)
Aaron Lipstadt ... Himself (archive footage)
Suzanna Love ... Herself (archive footage)
Frank Mancuso Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)

Matthew McConaughey ... Himself (archive footage)

Rose McGowan ... Herself (archive footage)
Derek McKinnon ... Himself (archive footage)
Kate McNeil ... Herself (archive footage)

Dina Meyer ... Herself (archive footage)
Michelle Michaels ... Herself (archive footage)

Bill Moseley ... Himself (archive footage)
Caitlin O'Heaney ... Herself (archive footage)

Ken Olandt ... Himself (archive footage)

Ryan Phillippe ... Himself (archive footage)

Jada Pinkett Smith ... Herself (archive footage) (as Jada Pinkett)

Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)

Linnea Quigley ... Herself (archive footage)
Bill Randolph ... Himself (archive footage)

James Read ... Himself (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)

Kelly Rowland ... Herself (archive footage)
David Sederholm ... Himself (archive footage)

Linda Shayne ... Herself (archive footage)
Marc Sheffler ... Himself (archive footage)

Anthony Sherwood ... Himself (archive footage)

Gene Siskel ... Himself (archive footage)

Shawnee Smith ... Herself (archive footage)
Joe Spinell ... Himself (archive footage)
Amy Steel ... Herself (archive footage)

Fisher Stevens ... Himself (archive footage)
Penelope Sudrow ... Herself (archive footage)
Carlos Sério ... Himself (archive footage) (as Charles Serio)

Skeet Ulrich ... Himself (archive footage)
Mark Venturini ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Villella ... Himself (archive footage)
Timothy Wahrer ... Himself (archive footage)

Rachel Ward ... Herself (archive footage)
Timothy Webber ... Himself (archive footage)

Bob Weinstein ... Himself (archive footage)

Harvey Weinstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Cindy Weintraub ... Herself (archive footage)

Tom Welling ... Himself (archive footage)

Leigh Whannell ... Himself (archive footage)

Vanna White ... Herself (archive footage)
Dick Wieand ... Himself (archive footage)

Thomas F. Wilson ... Himself (archive footage)

Alicia Witt ... Herself (archive footage)

Amanda Wyss ... Herself (archive footage)

Renée Zellweger ... Herself (archive footage)

Sheri Moon Zombie ... Herself (archive footage)

Daphne Zuniga ... Herself (archive footage)

Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
J. Albert Bell 
Rachel Belofsky 
Michael Derek Bohusz 
Adam Rockoff  book
Rudy Scalese 

Produced by
Michael Baker .... executive producer
Rachel Belofsky .... producer
Christopher Black .... associate producer
Randy Manis .... executive producer
Michael Ruggiero .... executive producer
Rudy Scalese .... producer
Original Music by
Harry Manfredini 
Cinematography by
Michael Fimognari 
Armando Salas 
Film Editing by
Michael Derek Bohusz  (as Michael Bohusz)
Makeup Department
Vanessa Cartier .... makeup artist
Production Management
Stephan Shelanski .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stewart Hopewell .... second unit director
Jeff McQueen .... field director
Sound Department
Eric Dosch .... sound mixer
Andrew Edelman .... sound mixer
Karl W. Lohninger .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelly Herrin .... gaffer
Stewart Hopewell .... assistant camera
Erwin Landau .... Steadicam operator
Erwin Landau .... camera operator
Peter Mezei .... additional photography
Patrick Murphy .... gaffer
Jon Myers .... Steadicam operator
Ricardo Smith .... grip
Editorial Department
Peter Mezei .... additional editing
Kevin O'Connor .... colorist
Jacob Vaughan .... assistant editor
Music Department
Donald Webb .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Marc Barson .... legal counsel
Steven Belgard .... publicist
Karen Falzone .... legal counsel
Jessie Gietl .... legal counsel (as Jesse Gietl)
Stewart Hopewell .... title designer
Ashley Kravitz .... clearances
Laurie Agard .... special thanks
Daniel Farrands .... special thanks (as Dan Farrands)
Bryan Norton .... special thanks
Joseph Stefano .... in memory of

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film" - USA (subtitle)
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Germany:88 min (European Film Market)
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Hasn't fallen apart just yet, 29 December 2010
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

I can't even begin to describe my feelings for this extremely informative, and entertaining documentary. Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of The Slasher Film is an amazing look at the critically panned, but successful genre of horror, "the slasher genre" to be specific. The slasher genre is probably my second favorite genre, first being the situation dialog world of film. If I become a critic, a dream I hope I will fulfill, I can assure you I will be the only critic who gives a positive review to a slasher film. Remakes will not live by that rule.

The film is mainly about how slashers had their fifteen minutes of fame starting in the late seventies with the film Halloween (of course there were dozens that preceded this, but this was the first that got a lot of recognition. And the first to come to fan's mind when hearing the term). A countless number of slasher followed, but none of which really seemed to catch on, like Don't Go in the Woods Alone and He Knows When You're Alone.

Friday the 13th came out in 1980, and that was the next big horror film that spawned a countless number of sequels. And it became a box office success in no time. The next biggie was A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. The slasher that would spawn another line of sequels, and a crossover with F13's Jason Voorhees in 2003.

The one thing about the film is it not only goes into the bigger, more well known icons of the horror genre, but also the smaller ones that were sometimes made by companies that no longer exist now. When Halloween and F13 came out, other companies and sometimes just regular people would go and make a slasher film. Why not? It's cheap entertainment! You don't need a big budget, a whole lot of script, good actors, or even a moral. Just have some traumatized kid grow up to be a traumatized adult that goes around killing everyone for reasons you can't quite explain. I guarantee, it will have a following of some kind.

The film features three of the horror greats that I can't get enough of; John Carpenter, Wes Craven, and Tom Savini. Carpenter is the director of Halloween, Craven is the director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and dozens more cult films, and Tom Savini is the makeup artist on films like The Burning, Friday the 13th, and Maniac. Rob Zombie and others make appearances as well.

The film was made in 2006 I believe, so around that time there weren't a whole lot of remakes out, which I'll be the first to say this ever, was a bit disappointing since I wanted to hear what the directors of the films would say about their films being remade. Most of them poorly. At least we hear a few moments of Zombie explaining his Halloween, but that's about it.

While the movie spits facts like none other, it doesn't really get into the way these films made people feel. In the eighties, people weren't used to these movies, and many were freaked when seeing them in the theaters. I wish they would've shown some footage of people in the theater watching these films, or just the directors talking about the first time they saw a Horror film. That would've made the film a four star film.

My favorite segment hands down was when they discussed Silent Night, Deadly Night's boycotts, and overreactions from uptight parents. Seriously, this movie wasn't in the theaters very long because of parents who didn't know what the form of "dark entertainment" was. Why didn't they boycott a movie that was released four years earlier called Christmas Evil? Nothing pisses me off more than parents that overreact to something, and prevent others from enjoying it.

One lady on this documentary, Felissa Rose I believe, stated that if her daughter saw the trailer to this film she would explain what kind of entertainment there is in the world, and why it's a work of fiction. Not make a damn picket sign, and stand in front of a theater in the subzero weather because you get offended when you see something that is likely to be out of kid's heads come the holiday season.

Aside from simple flaws, Going to Pieces is highly educated and an informative look at a genre that should go anywhere but "to pieces".

Starring: John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tom Savini, Felissa Rose, Sean S. Cunningham, and Jeff Katz.

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