UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘Pieces’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your All Hallows’ Eve festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home.

[Warning: the material within is likely NSFW]


Day 2: Pieces (1983)

Halloween means a lot of different things to different people. For some, it’s pumpkin spice lattes. For others, Halloween means that for a month it’s socially acceptable to watch absolutely sleazy garbage horror cinema. I for one don’t care and watch disgusting horror films year round, but I understand some people wait until October rolls around. Usually these horror film lists give you the same films each and every week, but today, I’m going to share with you one of the most ridiculous, disgusting, and hilarious films I’ve seen, and that’s Pieces.

Pieces tells the story of a crazed chainsaw wielding serial killer who is obviously cutting up co-eds on a college campus, taking specific limbs from each victim to put together a human jigsaw puzzle. Read that sentence again. Are you still with me? Good.

The thing that I truly love about the film Pieces is that it completely lacks any sort of subtlety whatsoever. In the opening scene we meet the killer as a boy, and he’s putting together a puzzle of a nude girl, and when his Mom comes in and scolds him, he cuts her up with an axe. This sets the stage for the entire film, and as you can imagine, the kid hasn’t lost his affinity for jigsaw puzzles later in life. This film is for the real weirdos, so if this sounds like something you’re not interested in, I totally understand, but I probably wouldn’t be as good friends with you if we met in person. Pieces is the kind of film that you watch with your friends, because everything becomes exponentially funnier and more ridiculous. There’s a scene in the middle of the film that had my buddy Keenan and I borderline peeing ourselves because of how bad the acting was, and how little of a shit the film cared about making the situation seem believable. I’m not going to go into details about what happens because the surprise is half the fun, but I’m pretty sure when you get to it you’ll understand.



However, the lack of subtlety doesn’t just stop when the film is over. All of the promotional materials are absolutely absurd. Pieces holds the title for having my favorite poster tagline of all time, with the incredibly blunt phrase, “It’s Exactly What You Think It Is.” That tagline alone sums up the entirety of the film, the aesthetic, and the storyline, and those seven words convinced me without a doubt that this is one of the coolest b-movie, sleazy times around. There’s a lot of films you should be watching this Halloween, especially if you’re not caught up on the classics. That being said, if you make the time to watch Pieces, I can almost guarantee you won’t regret it, unless you’re not a complete freak like my friends and I — because then, well, it’s a crapshoot.

Pieces Poster

Pieces is actually kind of hard to find, so you can either buy the DVD here, or I’m sure if you used the Google you could find the entire thing to stream on internet Tube that is for You.

Editorial written by: Tyler Osborne
Last year’s Day 2 film: Pet Sematary

Tyler Osborne
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