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......