One has to tip one’s hat to the great guys at Grindhouse Releasing/ for this impressive two-disc special edition of the 1982 splatter classic Pieces, whose ad campaign featured the tag-lines “You don’t have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre” and “it’s exactly what you think it is!”. The film begins in Boston in the 1940s where a young, puzzle-loving boy hacks up his mom with an axe and hides in the closet pretending to be a victim of a maniac’s attack. Cut to 40 years later and a series of chainsaw murders at a college campus has a cigar-smoking detective (Christopher George) at his wits end over the gruesome crimes. Is it the creepy anatomy professor or the weird dean (played by famed actor Edmund Purdom)?
Oh, who cares when there are lines from one of the students like: “The most beautiful thing in the world is smoking pot and fucking on a water bed”. Plus lots of male and female nudity. And chunk-blowing scenes of violence. It’s no wonder director Eli Roth (Hostel) considers this one “a masterpiece of early 80s sleaze”, with “the greatest ending in horror history”. The extras include an extensive interview with Spanish director Juan Piquer and fabulous character actor Paul Smith (who played Bluto in Popeye and the warden in Midnight Express not to mention David Carradine's husband in the cult classic Sonny Boy). The movie will leave you in stitches!