Would you consider Pieces a Giallo?

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  1. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    Sure, officially it's "just" a slasher. But if you think about it, this could well be a Giallo.
    Killer with childhood trauma in black coat and black hat, wearing gloves. Pretty girls getting killed. Some red herrings. The amateur sleuth. Some American actors to "sell" the film. T&A. And finally, the dubbing (lots of familiar voices).

    Oh, and before you go "Gialli can only be Italian yaddayadda..." , it's not an entirely Spanish film. It's cowritten by a very well-known Italian. Namely John Shadow.. eerrrm.. Aristide Massaccesi ! Yep, maestro D'Amato himself.

    So yes, in my opinion this is a Giallo! And a fun one at that!

    Discuss :D

    or not...
     
  2. dave13

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    i can definitely see it as a type of giallo. i think it feels more like that, than it does a slasher. in a slasher movie there is usually less emphasis on trying to solve the "mystery" of the killer. hell, usually the characters in a slasher aren't even aware there IS a killer until most of them are dead.
     
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    ...and dont forget the "Goblin-esque" music really adds to the Giallo feel.
     
  4. Wez4555

    Wez4555 Happy Trees Motherfucker!

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    I agree! But who cares? This movie is one of the best ever! Needs a blu release!
     
  5. Harry Warden

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    Yes. It's a crossover. It has elements of both, but I think this film fits into the Giallo and Slasher categories. Many films can fit into more than one category.
     
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    Good example. I too have thought of it as a slasher/giallo hybrid.

    As opposed to Stagefright '87...which is JUST a slasher! lol
     
  7. Jeremy

    Jeremy Closet SCREAM fan

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    It's got a giallo storyline, but the filmmaking style owes more to the early 80's American slashers. So yes, a hybrid.
     
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    Erick H. Well-Known Member

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    Indeed,it has a foot in both the Italian Giallo and the American slasher.Clearly the Euro influence comes through in the styling and the look of the killer.The splatter is sometimes more in keeping with a grindhouse style slasher.A definite crossbreed of the two subgenres.
     
  9. ole_school

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    Some parts really feel like a giallo. Especially the very end.
     
  10. wago70

    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    Giallo-ish for me.
    I'm curious about the DVD - when I use the menu and choose the U.S. soundtrack, I get the piano-heavy score. Isn't the U.S. soundtrack more synth-heavy?
     
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    If it's a giallo it's not a particularly good one. Not that it makes for a particularly good slasher film, either. I think the only thing it really qualifies as is an example of piece of shit filmmaking. A glorious piece of shit!
     
  12. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    I also want to mention the Argento- Fulci reference during the waterbed murder. Starting with a Suspiria-like stabbing in the stomach, followed by the slow motion blood-gushing-from-the-neck and the knife-through-the-back-of-the-head. Straight from The House by the Cemetery!!

    And I found a little joke as well. Intentional? I don't know, but I had to laugh :)

    When Kendall hears about the identity of the killer, he screams: "Mary!" Upon which the policeman answers: "Holy Mother of God!".

    Found this on IMDB, apparently..:

    Could be true. Could also be true that the iconic "Giallo Killer" was based on the same "Shadow".
     

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