When it came to the slasher boom of the early 1980s following the success of Halloween, it was always interesting to see how many ways you can essentially retell the age old revenge tale.
With regards to Pieces, this time we have a killer who has a jigsaw fetish, unfortunately for his victims he wants to make a human jigsaw.
We begin with a young boy who is caught by his mother playing with a rude jigsaw, from here though the tables are firmly turned as the child hacks his mum to bits. He then protests innocence and seemingly gets away with the crime.
Fast forward 40 years, and a mysterious killer is hacking college kids to bits, in a bid to make his human masterpiece. It is definitely brutal, almost as blunt as the giallo films, Pieces certainly goes right for the jugular.
Just like with Halloween, Black Christmas and I’m sure many others, we have the sub-plot of the police hunt for the killer and the race against time to reveal who he really is.
There are plenty of red herrings, which will keep you guessing until the good old ‘big reveal’ in the finale, which even its last few seconds delivers in the brutality stakes (as the male viewers I’m sure will realise).
We never expect any miracles or masterpieces with slasher films, so when they do everything you expect of them you can’t really be disappointed can you?