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4 Ratings: 3.5
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Genre: Horror, Action, Adventure
Release Date: January 7, 2005
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Murder-Set-Pieces

Going To Pieces

  • May 5, 2009
Considered my many to be one of the most controversial & visceral films ever made, Palumbo's one-way ticket to Hell is a brutal ride indeed. Of course, there are films out there which have quite the reputation as being the most revolting horror films ever made guaranteed to satisfy even the seasoned horror fan who thinks he's seen everything & M-S-P gets my vote as the "video nasty" of our time. 

I'm not referring to those who believe they're hardcore simply because they watched the Saw trilogy in the local multiplex. I'm talking about people who've seen classics like The Manson Family, Cannibal Holocaust, & Nacho Cerda's Aftermath/Genesis. If you have watched these or are somewhat familiar with the titles, you've come a long way & might be ready for Palumbo's UNRATED Murder-Set- Pieces. (I'm only referring to the Director's Cut as the Lions Gate edit was snipped to ribbons by at least 20-23 minutes.) M-S-P is one of the most brutal, nasty, & downright ghoulish horror films ever made. I say this in a cordial way.   ;-0

For the guy who thought he'd seen it all, I wasn't prepared. In fact, I felt a bit soiled after watching it & left the bathroom light on in the hallway. Finally, I've seen the film that goes  almost all the way & there is nothing else like it to the best of my knowledge. Yes!! You have it all here!! There are ugly throat slashings, decapitated heads, & the most nauseating rape scenes ever. If that doesn't send you over the edge, our beloved psychopath also kills a young child & there is a scene of cannibalism to boot. Finally, a film that does everything it aspires to do & then some which shocks the living hell out of everyone. Palumbo doesn't just push the horror envelope. He shoves it down your throat .

Set in the Sin City known as Las Vegas, M-S-P tells the unsavory story of a German photographer who loves to capture beautiful on film before & after he kills them. That's not to suggest he discriminates. The photographer would kill virtually anyone who stands in his way including porn shop cashiers, criminals, & naturally young children. It would seem that nothing can stop this madman & one should steer clear if at all possible. Night after night, he prowls the streets searching for beautiful girls to have sex with & photograph before he proceeds to torture them to death. Trust me when I say that things don't always happen in this order necessarily.   

While the plot line may be very paper thin, Palumbo does gives us a true visual feast with the gorgeous (if not brutal) lighting & photography. Rue Morgue actually praised his masterful set pieces & even made a comparison to fright auteur Dario Argento, which is quite impressive.    

I have come to the conclusion this may very well be one of the most disturbing films I've ever seen. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer nor the darkly humorous American Psycho which are both excellent films by any standards. Murder- Set-Pieces has outdone both of them & probability suggests there will never be another film to shock me senseless like Palumbo's masterpiece. If anyone has seen this film, please feel free to leave me comments. Unpleasant dreams, my friends......

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October 22, 2010
Man I was pissed when I got this, got the snipped DVD. Then Chris let me know about the Unrated cut, had to buy it again.
October 25, 2010
Lions Gate did a fine job butchering this indie classic. Well, I don't know if it's now that I know how much was spent to make it but...LOL Palumbo should've sued them for snipping it to ribbons. The Director Unrated cut is extremely different from the R rated cut. You did the right thing though by purchasing it again as MSP is getting harder and harder to find. Especially the autograph copies.
November 15, 2009
I know I have seen this before, but I can barely remember. well, I need to grab the director's cut asap! Thanks for the reminder, C7...
November 16, 2009
Get the director's cut of this by all means. It's a fine example of what horror should look like. As I was telling Christy, this is the one that Lions Gate truly butchered. The director was going to sue them after he saw how they ruined his work. Nick Palumbo released his cut independently & it's 100 times better than the one you can get at Blockbuster. Thnks WOO man!
November 30, 2010
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May 05, 2009
I haven't seen it, nor am I likely to because it isn't the type of film I'm drawn to at all. However it was interesting to read your review. I've been around the horror genre for a very long time so in that sense I've seen it all; every sort of twist and turn the genre has taken from monster movie to aliens to slasher flix and back again.  And I feel there's room for everything in the genre. There have only been 2 films that ever really scared me. The first was literally the first movie I remember seeing and that was the original version of THE THING and the other was NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.  NOTLD scared me because 50% of my mightmares were exactly like that movie. I could have sued Romero for copyright infringment.
May 08, 2009
More than likely, you've probably seen it all as far as M-S-P goes so perhaps very little would shock you here. I don't know. Maybe I found it disturbing because there are maniacs out there who comment these horrendous crimes. It made me shudder. There is certainly room for every kind of nightmarish fiend in the horror genre but there is something disturbing about the humanized horrors. Whew! Thank you for sharing that with me. Very cool. I have never seen the original The Thing but NOTLD has been a fav of mine for ages.
May 08, 2009
I've always found reality to be far more frightening that any other kind of horror.
May 08, 2009
Reality makes it's more difficult for me to watch & immensely more disturbing. I definitely agree with you again Queen.
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