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Directed by Juan Piquer Simón
Produced by Stephen Minasian
Dick Randall
Edward L. Montoro
Written by Joe D'Amato
Dick Randall
Starring Christopher George
Lynda Day George
Frank Braña
Edmund Purdom
Paul L. Smith
Ian Sera
Jack Taylor
Music by Librado Pastor / CAM
Cinematography Juan Mariné
Editing by Antonio Gimeno
Distributed by Grindhouse Releasing
Release date(s) *August 23, 1982 (Spain theatrical)
*September 23, 1983 (US theatrical)
*December 7, 1983 (France theatrical)
*October 2008 (North American DVD release / Grindhouse Releasing /Box Office Spectaculars)
Running time 90 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish (English dub)

Pieces (also known as 'Mil gritos tiene la noche', 'Rompecabezas') is a 1982 cult classic slasher horror film and "drive-in favorite."[1] The notorious film carried the memorable and highly successful marketing taglines, "Pieces... It's exactly what you think it is!" and "You don't have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre!"[1][2]

The film was directed by Spanish film director Juan Piquer Simón, written by Joe D'Amato and co-written by Dick Randall, produced by Stephen Minasian, and starred real life husband and wife team Christopher George (of TV's The Rat Patrol) and Lynda Day George (of TV's Mission: Impossible), Edmund Purdom, spaghetti-western star Frank Braña, and Paul L. Smith ("Bluto" of Robert Altman's Popeye).[2]

Pieces fan and horror film director Eli Roth calls the film, "a masterpiece of early '80s sleaze."[3]

Grindhouse Releasing / Box Office Spectaculars released the first North American deluxe uncut, uncensored director's cut edition of the previously out-of-print movie on DVD on October 28, 2008, on Ryko Distribution/Warner Brothers label.[2]



1942: A young boy plays with a jigsaw puzzle of a nude woman when his mother walks in and chastises him for it. Flash forward 1982: a chainsaw-wielding psychopathic killer is on the loose on a college campus in Boston.[4] Tormented by childhood memories, the killer tries to make his own jigsaw puzzle made from real human body parts. Police Lieutenant Bracken (Christopher George) and Mary Riggs (Lynda Day George) try to uncover the identity of the maniac as the bodybags pile up.[1]



The short script for Pieces was given to director Juan Piquer Simón by producers Dick Randall and Steve Minasian, with whom he had a relationship on previous film releases.[4] Although the film was set in the United States, specifically in Boston, it was actually shot in and around Valencia, Spain, home of film director Juan Piquer Simón (who is now the city's film festival director).

According the interview with Simon featured in Pieces of Juan (on the Grindhouse DVD version of the film), the director says that none of the female stars of the film knew how to play tennis, even though they were supposed to be portraying "professional" players. A tennis coach had to be hired just so that they could learn to lob the ball in a convincing enough manner to make the film believable. J.P. Simon further reveals in the interview that he is proud of the visual effects on the film, especially the fact that an actual pig carcass was used for the effect of the chain saw cutting through a young woman's stomach.[5]


The original film was first released in Spain on August 23, 1982, followed by a successful September 23, 1983 US theatrical run. The film opened December 7, 1983 in France.

The uncut, uncensored directors cut of Pieces appeared for the first time in North America on DVD on October 2008 courtesy of Grindhouse Releasing / Box Office Spectaculars on Ryko / Warner Brothers label. The release features never-before-seen interviews with director Juan Piquer Simón (Pieces of Juan, directed by Nacho Cerda) and Paul Smith: The Reddest Herring (directed by Alma Har'el) featuring an extended interview with star Paul L. Smith.

The two-disc deluxe edition by Grindhouse also includes, for the first time, an (optional) restored original soundtrack by Spanish composer Librado Pastor, as well as numerous other extras and bonus material.[1] Liner notes have been contributed by the renown horror writer Chas Balun ("Deep Red"), as well as bonus "easter egg" video interviews with "Wes Craven's Last House on the Left" book author David A. Szulkin, as well as allegedly acclaimed American horror film director Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) as he presents a theatrical screening of Pieces to a Los Angeles cult movie audience.[4]


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