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Murder-Set-Pieces (2004)

R | | Horror | 1 April 2008 (USA)
A fashion photographer exposes his demented childhood and zooms his evil lens on the oldest profession under the moon, in quite possibly the most notorious serial killer film ever made.


Nick Palumbo


Nick Palumbo





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sven Garrett ... The Photographer
Cerina Vincent ... L.A. Girl
Tony Todd ... Clerk
Gunnar Hansen ... Mechanic
Edwin Neal ... Good Samaritan (as Ed Neal)
Jade Risser Jade Risser ... Jade
Valerie Baber ... Charlotte
Destiny St. Claire Destiny St. Claire ... Weight Bench Girl
Maria Keough Maria Keough ... Little Girl on Bus
Renee Baio ... Hooker #1 (as Renee Sloan)
Lauren Palac Lauren Palac ... Hooker #2
Andrea Mitchell Andrea Mitchell ... Model
Jessie DeRoock Jessie DeRoock ... Young Photographer
LeAnn Clinton LeAnn Clinton ... Girl on tracks
Shandee Lang Shandee Lang ... High Chair Girl #1 (as Shandee Long)


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

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Prepare yourself for the first American NC-17 horror film. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for grisly bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexuality and nudity, and for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In director Nick Palumbo's Director's Cut of "Murder-Set-Pieces", the film opens up with one-of-a-kind 35mm footage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City. We suddenly hear a female child singing: "Just you wait a little while, the nasty man in black will come. With his little chopper, he will chop you up"! This is exactly what the little girls were singing in German in the opening of Fritz Lang's masterpiece M (1931). See more »


At some points when The Photographer slashes a prostitute with his razor knife in the Holiday Hotel, the cameraman's shadow is visible. See more »


The Photographer: What happens to you when you die?
Jade: You just rot away.
The Photographer: And you believe that?
Jade: Yea, I guess.
The Photographer: Remind me to take your picture sometime.
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Crazy Credits

executive producers Herman Goering Heinrich Himmler Joseph Goebbels Robert Ley See more »

Alternate Versions

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.
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What a hunk of junk
12 April 2007 | by timhayes-1See all my reviews

Have you ever watched a film that tries so hard to be cutting edge and controversial that it becomes a joke in the process? Yes? Well then, chances are you've seen Murder Set Pieces. This "film" from writer director Nick Palumbo is just one long excuse for gory scenes of death. There's no character development. No real story that can be discerned from the film. The acting ranges from wooden to stilted. The lead actor, whose name escapes me at the moment is notably awful and has the worst haircut and mutton chops I have ever seen. The dialogue (of what there is) could have been written by a twelve year old for all the complexity and maturity of it. The murder scenes are predictable and lacking in any suspense. They are just death for the sake of death. We don't care if these people die. There is no terror felt for the victims. It is just a pathetic excuse for gore. Its actually films like this that give horror movies a bad name among the general public. Oh, and don't believe any of the hype about this film either. It turns out, as reported on several news sites, that the "controversy" surrounding the film was all made up by the director to promote the film. What a waste. There's nothing wrong with self promotion, but at least have the ability to back it up with talent. Why the two star rating? Well, for all its faults, Murder Set Pieces is well shot and the lead drives a barracuda so at least there was a nice car to watch driving around town every ten minutes or so.

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English | German

Release Date:

1 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girls Wanted See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (director's cut) | (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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