BLU-RAY REVIEW: Pieces (1983)

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By Nick Durham

Pieces is a weird fucking movie, and that’s saying it lightly. Said weirdness usually comes from the fact that it’s really hard to figure out whether the film is supposed to be a parody of the slasher and splatter genres, or if it’s supposed to be taken seriously. You never really get a clear answer in figuring that out, but in all honesty, that’s quite okay, because it’s super mega-fucking enjoyable regardless of its absurdity and occasional downright awfulness.

Pieces begins in the 1940s when a young boy hacks his mother to death with an axe after she threatens to destroy his jigsaw puzzle of a naked lady (yes, you read that right). Forty some years later, there’s a string of super grisly murders on a college campus; featuring female victims being butchered by a chainsaw, and discovered with various body parts missing. Our killer appears to be making his own woman out of these various pieces (nooch), and it’s up to a cop (genre stalwart Christopher George), a former tennis player and occasional cop (George’s real life wife Lynda Day George), and an annoying student (Ian Sera, who if he looks familiar, he was a featured player in Pod People, i.e., the greatest episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 ever) to save the day. Along the way there’s plenty of nudity and gore effects, and one of the most ludicrous conclusions and final shots you will EVER see in any horror film in existence.

I’ve praised Grindhouse Releasing a lot in the past for their wonderful Blu-ray releases, and their release treatment for Pieces is top notch. The film is presented here in both its uncut U.S. release, as well as its slightly longer, uncensored Spanish release with full audio. Each has wonderful new 4K transfers. There’s a new commentary from actor Jack Taylor, older interviews with director Juan Piquer Simon and genre great Paul L. Smith (who plays the most red herring-esque character you’re likely to ever see), a very worthwhile documentary called 42nd Street Memories, and a bonus CD featuring the film’s soundtrack. Some of these features carry over from Grindhouse’s DVD release of Pieces from a few years back, but that doesn’t stop this from being a wonderful package.

So yeah, if you’ve ever seen Pieces before, you know it’s a ridiculous and absurd trip that must be seen to be believed. For those of you that haven’t seen Pieces before, what the fuck are you waiting for? Pick up this fantastic Blu-ray release from Grindhouse Releasing while you can. You’ll be damn glad that you did.

Raing: 4/5

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