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Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh (1991)

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

Director:

Dean Tschetter (as Alan Smithee)

Writers:

Tom Tully (story), Dean Tschetter (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality, violence and some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Picking Up the Pieces See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Saratoga Film Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Blocker's apartment is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, with the recognizable landmark statue of the Doughboy just outside the building. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Featured in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

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DELICIOUS!
7 March 2004 | by trainerazSee all my reviews

Do you like B movies? REALLY like B movies? This is the one for you! If you prefer to watch REAL FILMS, don't bother. I doubt the Academy ever watched this one, and they certainly wouldn't be nominating it for any awards.

A twisted comedy/thriller (listed as horror, but thriller seems more appropriate), this flick -- I dare not call it a FILM -- was refreshing, like a spring rain. Think Naked Gun on a low, LOW budget. Serial killer, brutal murders of prostitutes (with the most enticing weapon selections), a cop who vomits at the sight of blood, AND a porn star (Jane Hamilton as dull-witted roller-skating waitress Grace) . . .

There's no point in discussing cinematography; I'm guessing film-school camera work and editing. Better than Blair Witch, not as good as Suspiria. Acting is mediocre, but at a level appropriate to the genre.

Keep your eyes open for occasional sight gags, and your ears open for the one-liners. Corny sometimes, but again, appropriate to the genre. A few good laughs, some pretty good gore (much more convincing blood than Argento uses), and a fun plot twist.

If I've learned one thing from this movie, it is: If you are a prostitute, and your trick brings a generator, run. Fast.


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