Greetings, and welcome back to Horror Business. We have one awesome episode in store for you guys because we’re talking 1973’s Torso and 1982’s Pieces.
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We start by talking about some of the stuff involving horror recently. We talk about James Wan’s Malignant at length, and Liam talks about the recent episode of Marvel’s What If? that was based on the Marvel Zombies storyline, and we discuss Nia DiCosta’s Candyman.
We start with Torso. Justin talks about how this film really nails down everything good about giallo films, in that it embodies much of what has come to be associated with the genre.
We give a brief background on the director Sergio Martino and the giallo genre, and how Italian cinema tended undergo different trends and cycles. We talk about despite being tame by today’s standards, some of the violence in the film must’ve been quite upsetting at the time of its release.
Justin talks about how the films use of voyeuristic camerawork forces the audience to empathize with the “final girl” of the film. Liam talks about how the film is one of the few that successfully employs the technique of a red herring. We discuss how much of the violence in the film occurs offscreen, and how that’s surprisingly effective.
Up next is Pieces. Justin begins by talking about how close the film came to being great if it weren’t for the film’s insistence on trying to emulate The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and how the ending just felt haphazard and pointless.
We discuss how we understand why people love this movie because it’s undeniably a fun film but it’s still an absolute mess. Liam talks about how the film doesn’t take itself overly seriously and has arguably the worst red herring of all time.
We discuss the films depiction of women and sexuality, and Justin circles back to his frustration with the film trying to emulate other horror films instead of simply being its own thing.
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