Murder, Set, Pieces Reviews
Tedious, overly bloody, badly written & horribly acted, it's like a very bad 70's slasher drive-in flick. The trailer is more interesting then the movie, believe me.
Murder-Set-Pieces is a commentary on the Nazis' trivialization of sex and childbirth, resulting in a neglected child who grew up hating his mother and all women like her. Unless you don't understand German, then it's just gory fun... with bad acting.
I am not saying this movie should copy from other movies, I am rather say that a movie should learn from others and adapt to new and innovative ways. For a movie like this rather than being story driven, it is based more on its harsh grimy imagery. If it fails to frame shots with adequate lighting to see what is going on then something is wrong and a movie is no longer a movie.
The psychotic serial kill vibe was beat to death... when the film had to one up its self and virtually turn to the audience and say "he's a psycho, he will kill anyone, because he is a psycho, and crazy, did we mention he was crazy" the tension is lost and the character looses creativity, subtlety is bliss, build tension, slowly elaborate and make the audience see for themselves rather than throwing them into a whirlpool of insanity... It wasnt a completely bad script, the main character is shown to have flaws (the flashbacks were more interesting that where he is presently). The setting was interesting, even though it was on the verge of off putting since it is so hard to attach oneself to these characters... The seedy vibe of the movie was good but was laid on too thick (when the cleanest and calmest part of the film takes place in an 'Adult Book Shop' as it is getting robbed, then the tone is a bit over baring, which will turn off even the sickest of crowds. I was surprised to see both Tony Todd and Gunnar Hansen (both horror legendary actors)... The gore was accurate and looked very realistic. The nudity was nonchalant, and on the verge of overwhelming (if you have seen this movie, you have to admit there was nudity where nudity didnt need to be shown). The ending wasnt really surprising, it seemed like a cop out. Rather than explaining how everything falls into place and where characters are, it just jumps over that, no clarification on what happened, who's dead, was culminated from the numerous high profile murders... it just ends at an awkward point... Its kind of a let down, and makes me want to watch a better serial killer movie, like 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer'...
On the plus side its fairly slickly made- director Nick Palumbo has an eye for the sleazy neon glamour of Las Vegas and the many killings are reaonably well staged. But, bottom line, the movie ( and crucially the lead character, "The Photographer") just doesnt convince. And so, despite the desperate attempts to shock- graphic murders of children, screaming women literally raped to death, cannibalism ect- "Murder Set Pieces" is not nearly as disturbing or thought provoking as that classic study of random murder "Henry:Portrait Of A Serial Killer", or the more exploitative and far grubbier "Maniac" come to that.
The only reason to see this film is the gore, if thats your thing, and admittedly on that "Murder Set Pieces" does deliver. So if thats the case be sure to get the unrated directors cut- apparently theres an MPAA R rated version with over 20 mins of sex and violence removed, which i cant imagine being of interest to anybody!