There have been a lot of great indie horror films this year. Probably one of the better years in the decade. Most indie horror movies are gritty, dark, and lack much on the production value side, but have innovation and good stories. Me, being the visual carnoisseur that I am, these films, though good, left me feeling like something was missing. Sure I can run to the shitty multiplexes and catch the next big blockbuster horror franchise to get my visual senses sparked, but walk away feeling cheated with a sub-par story and a cookie-cutter experience that I’ve seen many times before. It is a very rare experience, to get the indie innovation with the visual artistry that I crave.
Joe Stauffer’s film PIECES OF TALENT has been called ‘beautiful horror’, which is spot-on! Every critic has praised the film visually and will show up on many (or should) top 10 ten lists of 2014. But the film really hit me emotionally, because it’s a dark brutal Love Story, that isn’t talked about too much. Horror critics normally focus on the main psycho David Long, or the kill scenes, which again are shot beautifully, even in first person form.
There are many elements to the film that have topped any other horror movie this year. One is the story, the dark underlying love story between lead characters David and Charlotte. David (played by David Long) is a very interesting character. David Long plays this sweet best friend / buddy perfectly, and then totally turns a 360 and becomes a complete psychopath tormenting and killing his victims, but not without a purpose. His actions are motivated by his emotions, to create something beautiful, all for the sake of love. Not a lot of actors could pull this off, especially in an indie film. The story is woven like an anthology film to some extent with the kill scenes shot in first person by David, while the rest of the story is shot third person, which I really enjoyed, because the first person stuff fits perfectly with the telling of the story and a build up to the third act that is just amazing. The visuals again are breath taking, Joe’s cinematography is captivating and inspiring, some of the darkest scenes of the film are, well, beautiful. It’s like Joe is painting for the viewer, one canvas every 24 seconds. Yes I know that makes me sound like an arthouse douche, but that’s exactly what I felt he was doing, setting up every shot perfectly, lighting the scene to paint the colors and extract the forms he wanted us to embrace. There is not one bad thing I can say about the film, it’s a masterpiece of independent cinema and I can’t wait for the screening at Days Of The Dead Atlanta to see it with an actual audience!
This film is a must see for any horror fan, or movie fan in general.
Joe is currently working on the Sequel, A Missing Piece, please go to www.piecesoftalent.com and pre-order your DVD or Blu to help support Joe and the film!
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PIECES OF TALENT 2014: BEST HORROR FILM OF THE YEAR
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