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Pieces (1982)

Mil gritos tiene la noche (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 23 September 1983 (USA)
The co-eds of a Boston college campus are targeted by a mysterious killer who is creating a human jigsaw puzzle from their body parts.


Juan Piquer Simón (as J. P. Simon, J.Piquer Simon)


Dick Randall (screenplay), Roberto Loyola (screenplay) (as John Shadow)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher George ... Lt. Bracken
Lynda Day George ... Mary Riggs (as Linda Day)
Frank Braña ... Sgt. Randy Holden (as Franck Brana) (as Frank Brana)
Edmund Purdom ... The Dean
Ian Sera ... Kendall
Paul L. Smith ... Willard (as Paul Smith)
Jack Taylor ... Professor Arthur Brown
Gérard Tichy ... Dr. Jennings (as Gerard Tichy)
May Heatherly ... Mrs. Reston
Hilda Fuchs ... Grace - Dean's Secretary
Roxana Nieto ... Virginia Palmer - Chainsaw Victim
Cristina Cottrelli ... Jenny - Pool Victim (as Cristina Cottrel)
Leticia Marfil ... Suzie - Locker Room Victim
Silvia Gambino 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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Did You Know?


According to Juan, he owns the jigsaw puzzle used in the film as shown in a DVD extra where he's reviewing his posters for the film. See more »


In the present day, when the Dean removes a box from the drawer - he finds his mother's bloodied dress and shoes. If he has them, how was he able to take them away as evidence from the police back forty years ago? See more »


[first lines]
Timmy Weldon: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men. Couldn't put the pieces together again.
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Alternate Versions

The Spanish cut of the film has alternate credits and longer shots of the Dean piecing together his jigsaw puzzle - thus stretching the film's runtime by an extra minute. See more »


Referenced in Slaughter High (1985) See more »


Deathwatch - Alt. Version 2
From Un'ombra nell'ombra (1979)
Composed by Stelvio Cipriani
Keyboards by Claudio Simonetti
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A lot of blooody bloody fun, with a fresh premise
23 January 2013 | by PeterMitchell-506-564364See all my reviews

Here's a bloody, and I mean bloody chainsaw flick, this makes the Texas Chainsaw look like pumped versions of The Sound of Music. Take the warning on the front cover seriously before watching the dispatches of torso's whatever that follow. A little boy caught by his mother with a nude jigsaw becomes killer, ending her in just the start of the carnage that follows. Cut many many years later, to the eighties on a school campus, we have a nut, with a chainsaw, cutting his way through nubile bodies to create his own human jigsaw. Siuck f..k. Christopher George, a detective on the case, sends a woman, undercover, who's trained in Karate to catch this madman, where it's not easy. We have one suspect, Midnight Express's Paul Smith as a caretaker, bearing a chainsaw. Could he be the one. A student on campus helps George, in his investigation, going through mugsheets, whatever. This bright intellectual really has his work cut out for him, where he thinks this work is kind of cool. Meanwhile, the chainsaw nut out there is still making the cut. One girl literally wets herself in terror while getting it in the elevator. As an Italian cheapie classic, Pieces is one horror fan's guilty pleasure, with a not so happy ending for an innocent party. If you want blood and hot bodies, don't pass this one up. I'd option for this over the Texas Chainsaw Massacres anyday. The Asian jogger who went to attack our undercover hottie, who outwits him, then takes off again as though everything's cool. What the hell was that about.

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Spanish | English | Italian

Release Date:

23 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »


Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$604,510, 25 September 1983

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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