Starring: Ed Green, John Carpenter, Wes Craven
I thought it’d be interesting to see a documentary about slasher films, and it was a little bit (mostly it just gave me a couple classics I hadn’t seen to add to my list), but unfortunately it wasn’t all that informative or interesting. You get pretty much the same experience by watching a bunch of slasher films and reading about them on Wikipedia. Which is… kind of a terrible insult to a documentary.
Going to Pieces takes us through the history of “slasher” films, from Halloween to Hostel, and talks about some of the public issues slasher filmmakers have had over the years, what with people thinking that movies just about murdering women in creative ways are bad for some reason.
I like slasher films, personally, but I certainly wouldn’t go to the extent that this film does with it. Going to Pieces basically idolizes slasher films, claiming that they’re actually high art, and that nobody really understands the important work they’re doing. Let’s call a rose a rose, movie. Slasher films are base entertainment made on the cheap. Also, you can safely assume that pretty much anything Wes Craven goes on about is the opposite of reality, because fuck that pompous asshole.