Jan 20, 2019

IMDb: Pieces of Talent (2014)
Director: Joe Stauffer
Stars: David Long, Kristi Ray, Taylor Kowalski

Directed by Joe Stauffer and written by Stauffer and David Long, the underground hit film of 2014 was Pieces of Talent. This film won Best Actress, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Screenplay at the New York City Horror Film Festival. When I was at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, Texas late last year, I missed the showing. However, many people saw it and absolutely raved about it. I knew when I returned home, I would have to see what all of the hype was about.

After finding the film, I have to say that it was worth the wait and the effort to procure. I don’t know what it was up against in the New York City Horror Film Festival, but I was impressed by all four of the categories in which it won. I was also very impressed with writer and star David Long. The director and writer of this film are new to the scene and have worked together before.

The film centers around and outcast female who is found by a filmmaker who is quite the outcast himself. David Long is this filmmaker, but he also just happens to be a serial killer. Since Long also wrote the script, some of his statements about the industry seem to be coming from real life. In this regard, I will always be a fan of a writer that can add some satire to their script. Besides that, he’s so convincing a writer and actor, that he could actually be a serial killer in real life.

As a psychological horror film, Long’s performance is perfect. He’s creepy throughout, but his conversations with his new female obsession almost make you root for him. As the story builds, the director slowly reveals pieces of Long’s dark side. You soon realize that this guy is really, and I mean really, twisted. He very quickly moves from a likable artist that is just down on his luck to an obsessive and homicidal maniac.

For the gore hound, this film also delivers. The kills are bloody, creative, and insanely brutal. The best part is, they all seem to be coming from a different place. You get slasher film type kills, Hostel-esque torture kills, and even some Dexter-ish kills in which you are totally rooting for Long’s character. They are also building to something. They are all pieces of something larger that gets delivered in a very unsettling climax. It is this climax that also brings the gore fan and the psychological horror fan together. They will both get what they want out of the ending and be excited about the sequel. I would give this film an 8/10 and I strongly urge you to find it and see it.


Originally Published on April 22nd, 2015