Director - Joe Stauffer (Dream)
Starring - David Long, Kristi Ray (Celebrity Ghost Stories), and Nate Panning (Piranha 3DD)
Release Date - 2014
Genre - Comedy/Horror
Tagline - "Beautiful horror"
Format - Streaming (online screener)
Rating (out of 5):
When I first saw the poster work (shown above) I assumed this film was a blood soaked underground film that surely had more scenes involving torture porn than I cared to see and probably crude sex acts that left me feeling disgusted rather than entertained. However, after I started watching it I quickly realized that this film was far from that. In fact, this was a beautiful stylized horror film. The acting in this one is phenomenal. Kristi Ray is a powerful lead actress that has just as much beauty as she does talent. If I don't see her beautiful smile grace more films in the future I will be highly pissed. David Long also has an extreme amount of talent and his presence really made the film as powerful as it is. He has crafted one of the greatest indie horror icons to come out in recent years. The story for this one is fun and slightly original. The film has a little bit of romance which is unusual for an indie or underground film. It's not enough to ruin it for the testosterone filled viewer but just enough to really get a feel for the characters and fall in love with them. The film is also able to throw in a lot of laughs while still keeping the horror elements. Not a lot of horror comedies are able to balance the two resulting in one genre over-powering the other. I also love how the characters were written. Charlotte is a very strong and innocent woman who keeps finding herself in sleazy and uncomfortable situations. David is a charismatic character that truly deserves more films. I could tell this character of David was written for David Long because no one else could pull him off like he did. Finally, the film has some very impressive kills. I knew the film would be bloody but I had no idea it would have so many fun and inventive kills as it did. The film also has some decent practical effects as well. None Savini quality but "A" grade in comparison to most other indie flicks I have seen. Overall, Pieces of Talent is a fucking work of art. David Long is a character that will join the ranks of some of the greatest horror icons of all time. I can not recommend this movie enough or say enough good things about it. Fucking watch it instead of reading my incoherent ramblings!