Why did it take me so long to see Pieces? That's what I was asking myself the entire time that I was watching this last night. Pieces is like finding a 20 dollar bill in a pair of jeans that you haven't worn for years. Pieces is like suddenly realizing that you have half of a delicious sandwich waiting for you in the fridge. Pieces is like a snow day. PIECES is....like a dream.
In 1942, a little boy was putting together a puzzle of a naked woman.
After his mother freaked out the little boy began hacking her body to pieces with an axe.
And then sawed off some limbs..
Some odd years later on a Boston college campus, girls start getting hacked up by chainsaws. Random parts of their body turn up missing and the police are completely stumped. It seems as though our little boy has grown up and is creating a gruesome puzzle of his own...
Oooh Pieces. What did I do before you came along? I'm sure my life was entirely meaningless. How does one survive in this world when you don't know about the dangers of Kung Fu masters lurking in dark alleyways? How does one live their life without knowing that you can in fact cut a girl up in broad daylight with a chainsaw and no one will notice? Yes, Pieces provides insight to many of life's toughest challenges.
Perhaps one of the things I really gravitated towards in this film, was its curious mixture of Giallo, Grindhouse, Sleaze. Yes the black leather gloves were switched for black rubber gloves. Think the kind of gloves one might wear to wash dishes. Incidentally, they are NOT good things to wear when putting together a puzzle. I chuckled quite loudly when they actually showed him physically struggling with putting a piece in the puzzle. Perfection.
So here's the deal. Pieces is a terrible film but it's a film that is still a delight nonetheless. I liked this waaay better than The Prowler for instance which isn't a great film either but technically much better than Pieces. Pieces just has a certain charm about it I guess. It's a film that I'm not entirely sure can fit in any one genre comfortably. Pieces breaks rules, breaks conventions. It doesn't seem to be making a statement towards any one group of people---rather it's just a giant middle finger to the general population. Halfway through the film, the killer randomly trades in his super efficient chainsaw, for a less efficient although very menacing giant knife. What can we take away from this? The killer obviously works at a combined kitchen and hardware store--and also, that having one murder weapon doesn't have to be a rule. And you can stab people on water beds and it's the best thing ever, although not as fun as it sounds.
Did I mention the film is in Spanish and very poorly dubbed in English. I didn't? Well it is! And it's awful, which of course means...it's a delight in my pants. There's also terrible acting, a lot of boobs, things that make no sense, awesome blood, and this....
I love this movie. I didn't even guess who the killer was because I'm stupid and was far too distracted by the idea that a girl put on a bathing suit under her clothes, only to take it off the minute she peeled off her sweater. Also, there was no greater moment in my life when blonde woman detective lady turned a corner and saw an Asian man who promptly started doing Kung Fu at her. After somehow knocking him out (I forget the details) the dashing lad with all the ladies came to see what happened, saw the Asian man and said, "Oh it's my Kung Fu instructor!" I kid you not this happened. Also the Asian man blamed his sudden craziness on some bad chop suey. Ugh why won't Pieces just marry me and get it over with??
Not to mention that the blood and gore in this movie rocks.
Yeah, it's pretty sleazy and pretty awesome.
Also, whenever I'm really pissed at someone I will now just yell
Over and over and over again. You know same tone and everything because that's how I roll.
So for real...Pieces? Amazing. I don't have much to say about it, because it's really a movie you just need to experience for yourself. Oooh Pieces, when will we meet again? Hopefully very, very soon.