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
A 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.
A sadistic killer cult kidnaps and sacrifices beautiful women. A young girl, just paroled from prison, moves into a strange house and appears to be the cult’s next victim.
Oliviero is a burned-out writer, living at his estate near Venice, his dead mother dominating his imagination. He is also a degenerate: sleeps with his maid and his ex-student, hosts Bacchanalia for local hippies, and humiliates his wife Irina in front of strangers. She lives in terror. When a young woman is murdered, police suspect Oliviero. Things get complicated when his young, beautiful, and self-confident niece, Floriana, pays an unexpected visit. A silver-haired stranger observes. More women die, and thoughts of harming Irina give Oliviero new inspiration. What’s Floriana’s game and who’s the observant stranger? Watching all is a black cat named Satan.
Gale Bland plays a female business executive who is summoned to Cairo by Isis Cosmetics to initiate some sort of business deal. She eventually discovers that there is no Isis Cosmetics and that she has been lured to Cairo so that a nouveau sect of devil worshipers can sacrifice her to some kind of voodoo king. The conclusion is predictable yet highly unusual.”Shadow of Illusion” constantly rides the line between matter-of-fact storytelling and over-the-top storytelling, and is played so straight that it succeeds as a thriller with some truly frightening moments. Giodorno, never more beautiful, appears to be sporting a red wig and appears to have put on some weight, but it only flatters her, as do the interesting dresses she wears throughout.