|release date||December 22 1975|
|writer||Gianfranco Baldanello, William Rose|
|starring||Daniela Giordano, Raf Vallone, John Scanlon|
|tagline||A Prison In Hell|
SynopsisA terrifying tale of a young girl who moves into a boarding house run by a kindly older woman, only to discover that the place has a dark and sinister past. Young girls and pretty girls seem to disappear without trace. Where they go and what happens to them is the dreadful secret of The Girl in Room 2A.
Dick Randall has a proclivity for producing goofy copies of concepts that work like gang-busters elsewhere, with the biggest difference being those probably had a pre-production period longer then a day. His output isn’t abysmal by any means; each film just happens to wear the haphazardness of its production on its sleeve. Pieces, which is by far one of the most enjoyable incomprehensible movies ever, is completely off-the-wall because very little of it makes any sense; there’s an incredible amount of continuity errors and general inaccuracies, and the level of randomness in every scene (glass movers from the Back to the Future NES game, anyone?) is unparalleled. Coming off of the slasher boom, Randall, along with the other writers, misinterpreted the need for suspense and mystery as cramming the film full of things that didn’t matter in order to hide the identity of the killer and lack of plot – everyone speaking a different language on set probably didn’t help things, either. Not many people would rank slashers high on their list of intelligent, challenging things, and boy, did they go out of their way to make sure Pieces wouldn’t rock the boat. …Read More