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Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh (1991)

Two cops and a detective's daughter go after a chainsaw killer.


Dean Tschetter (as Alan Smithee)


Tom Tully (story), Dean Tschetter (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Dengel Jake Dengel ... Sweeney Birdwell
Joe Sharkey Joe Sharkey ... Joe Blocker
Susann Fletcher Susann Fletcher ... Deedee Taylor
Beverly Penberthy Beverly Penberthy ... Erma Birdwell
Veronica Hart ... Grace (as Jane Esther Hamilton)
Shawn Elliott ... Jackie Cairo
Pat Logan Pat Logan ... Lober
Don Brockett ... Police Chief 'Buzz Saw' Ryan
Michael Fairman ... Medical Examiner (as Michael Eugene Fairman)
Robert Stoeckle Robert Stoeckle ... Gus Klimt
John S. Moyer John S. Moyer ... Unfortunate Boy in Car (as John Moyer)
Jhonnie Marie Sims ... Unfortunate Girl in Car (as Jhonnie Marie McCague)
Richard M. Sieg Richard M. Sieg ... Police Caterer
Jerry Ross Jerry Ross ... Healthy Waiter
Bob Perkins Bob Perkins ... Television Reporter


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 »

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Filmed in the summer of 1988, but unreleased until going direct-to-video in July 1991. 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 »


References Blood Feast (1963) See more »

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20 years later and a second viewing? Yup, it's still bad.
16 October 2012 | by udar55See all my reviews

Pittsburgh cops Joe Blocker (Joe Sharkey) and Sweeney Birdwell (Jake Dengel) are in charge of finding a serial killer who is carving up prostitutes with a variety of gardening tools. It all seems so familiar for Blocker as the case echoes an Egyptian killer he almost nabbed in Las Vegas. He sends for his old Vegas partner, but gets his daughter Deedee (Susann Fletcher) instead. Why? Because it seems her dad is mysteriously missing. Another in the line of BLOOD FEAST wannabes (alongside the likes of BLOOD DINER), BPIP is something I didn't like when I first saw it on video back in 1991. So, naturally, I must revisit it 20+ years later to confirm, yup, it still sucks. The filmmakers openly compare this horror-comedy to AIRPLANE, but I'd think you'd have to include some jokes to do that. It certainly tries to be funny, but fails miserably. Example of humor: Blocker slipping on a severed ear while chasing a suspect. The recurring joke is Blocker gets ill any time he sees blood and people always say "I hear he has a sexual problem" when he is mentioned. Haha? The highlight for me was Birdwell's wife taking anti-smoking sessions, one of which ends with her being blasted by a water hose by some guys in gorilla costumes. It is a shame it didn't come together better because the production looks really nice with some great photography. Tom Savini did the gory FX, most of which ended up on the cutting room floor for the Paramount VHS release. The Lucky 13 special edition features the cut stuff in a deleted scenes supplement and it is pretty good work from the man.

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Release Date:

9 October 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Picking Up the Pieces See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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