Set against Sin City, Las Vegas, "Murder-Set-Pieces" tells the story of a fashion photographer whose vocation is murder - a voyeuristic nightmare of blood, sex and brutality.Written by
Fright Flix Productions
executive producers Herman Goering Heinrich Himmler Joseph Goebbels Robert Ley See more »
The original theatrical version (and workprint) of this film ran roughly 15 minutes longer than the new "Director's Cut" DVD of the film. Some of the scenes missing from the new DVD includes:
A different beginning. The theatrical version began with The Photographer taking shots of a bloody corpse. The DVD begins with a new credit montage featuring images of characters that will be murdered later in the film, thus spoiling who the victims will be.
Phone Arguement between Jade's sister and The Photographer while at work.
The Psychic Reading/Killing: The photographer visits a psychic who won't reveal "what the cards say", thus upsetting him and leading to the psychic's strangulation.
The Photographer watching a bizarre film strip of a girl tied on a bed wearing a pig's mask.
A scene where The Photographer is shown picking up the first prostitutes before the whole "red light, house music, slit throat/choke" scene.
The "bathtub" girl/stripper arriving late. She apologizes, and The Photographer asks her to take off her clothes. She does, then smacks her own butt and says something like 'these are my best ASSets'. After this he says "turn around", then is plays out the same as the DVD version after that.
Extended scenes of The Photographer driving the strip.
A rather artistic shot of The Photographer running towards the screen barefoot on a road, bleeding at the mouth.
I've read the hype. I've anticipated checking it out for myself. I was even a little hopeful that the negative feedback about this flick (both here on IMDb and EVERYWHERE ELSE on the web) was just backlash. I guess I should have known.
The fact of the matter is, MURDER SET-PIECES is a giant steaming pile of crap. Unimaginative crap. Boring crap. Poorly acted crap. Unbelievabley BAD crap. An acquaintance of mine had ordered the unrated/original cut off the MSP website, and knowing that the R-rated Lions Gate version was about to drop, I asked to borrow his to check out this so-called "masterpiece of horror". What a joke. I'm so glad I haven't bothered to try and buy a copy myself. Here's a few takes on this gigantic misfire:
THE ACTING - horrid. The lead is a joke, a hulking boring one-dimensional lug who looks like he was dragged out of the gym - unwillingly - to mutter poor dialogue. When he slipped into German, I couldn't help but stifle laughter.
THE DIALOGUE - atrocious. Come on Nick, give us SOMETHING. I'll say this, the dialogue matches the acting-- flat and poorly done.
THE GORE - well you'd think that at least the film's saving grace would be the gore fx, right? WELLLLLL... sorry to say, no. In fact, there is VERY LITTLE GORE in this film. I have to think that the Lion's Gate cut version must have concentrated more on cutting-out nudity than gore. Sure, there's blood. Whoop-dee-doo. Guess what, I can go to a costume shop and get a gallon of fake blood too. So if you're anxious to see splats of blood hitting walls/floors, this movie is for you. If you actually want GORE EFFECTS, look elsewhere. The ToeTag team have done much better work in the A.Underground films (which I wasn't too keen on, but have to admit the FX were stunningly well conceived).
THE NUDITY - yeah, there's a great number of nekkid ladies in this film. If you're under 15 years old and don't have an internet connection, than this movie will really pop your corn. Otherwise... *yawn*. When there's NO CONTEXT, then naked bloody ladies just don't have any affect on the viewer (especially a seasoned horror fan). It's pointless... just like this whole film. Oh, speaking of pointless...
THE 9/11 FOOTAGE - tacky, tasteless and downright unnecessary. Just like this whole film.
It's downright hilarious that the director thinks he's made a masterpiece here. I suggest he start watching the horror-titles he constantly throws-around and take some lessons from REAL film-makers, because he just isn't anywhere CLOSE to their league or level of talent.
The only "disturbing!" thing about this film is the giant waste of money and resources this poor-excuse-for-a-horror-flick represents. Apparently the budget was approx. 2-million, and it was (as the director will quickly point-out) shot on 35mm. Big bloody deal. It still ends-up being a giant wasteful dump of a movie with no characterization, no plot, no FX, and no reason for existing. Some of the best horror-films were shot on a shoestring budget on 16mm. Go figure.
Avoid this at all costs.
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