The Jigsaw Murders

1989

Action / Crime / Mystery

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IMDb Rating 4.9 10 228

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Cast

Jill Jacobson as Dr. Louise Lester
Michelle Bauer as Cindy Jakulski
Chad Everett as Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo
Yaphet Kotto as Doctor Fillmore
720p.BLU
892.54 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 37 min
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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

Mildly diverting

Just an average low budget crime film set in L. A. The cops are on the trail of a serial killer who makes a point of targeting young fashion models. The chief detective on the case has a daughter in the industry who might just be the next target so the case has a personal angle for him. It plays out familiarly enough for the most part, focused perhaps on nudity and titillation over the suspense it should be generating instead, but it does the job and the ending is mildly diverting.

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 4 / 10

For ages 15 and up.

Cop thriller The Jigsaw Murders follows Los Angeles Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo (Chad Everett) and Detective Elliot Greenfield (Michael Sabatino) as they try to bring to justice psycho photographer Ace Mosley (Eli Rich), who is teasing the police by leaving severed limbs all over the city. Greenfield is trying to wrap up the case before his impending nuptials, while DaVonzo is ***cliché alert!** struggling with alcoholism and a troublesome daughter (Michelle Johnson) whose career as an erotic model makes her a potential victim of the killer.

Director Jag Mundhra's previous film, Hack-o-Lantern, was a technically shoddy affair, but entertaining nonetheless; The Jigsaw Murders, on the other hand, is a touch more professional, but actually proves a lot less enjoyable. It's banal, unexciting, tedious, and trite, with unmemorable performances from all involved (even Yaphet Kotto as quirky coroner Doctor Fillmore fails to impress). Those looking for graphic violence will be disappointed by the film's few unconvincing body parts, while those hoping for a smattering of sleaze will find the T&A most unsatisfying, with buxom babe Johnson only going so far as to wear a skimpy swimsuit and a leotard (those who want to see more of the actress should watch Blame It On Rio, in which she bares everything).

4.5/10, rounded down to 4 for Rich's dreadful performance as Mosley.

Reviewed by Hey_Sweden 6 / 10

Watchable enough.

This routine Cop vs. Psycho thriller stars handsome veteran Chad Everett ('Medical Center') as Joe DaVonzo, a detective who gets assigned to a murder case. Some cretin has been leaving assorted female body parts strewn around L.A. When Joe realizes that the victim has modeled for a nude jigsaw puzzle, it provides him with his first big lead.

If you watch this, you'll notice that the filmmakers aren't attempting to make their movie a whodunit. It becomes clear early on who our culprit is, and the balance of the movie will have Joe and his young partner Elliot (soap opera actor Michael Sabatino, 'Days of Our Lives') put their efforts into proving that this guy did it. Meanwhile, Joe is an alcoholic (this script does fall back on some clichés), and is having a hard time getting along with his hottie daughter Kathy (Michelle Johnson, "Blame it on Rio"), an aspiring actress.

Some loyal B movie enthusiasts will appreciate this more than others, mainly for an element of sleaze as we see young ladies pay their rent with modeling gigs, and take up with ultra sleazy photographers such as Ace Mosley (Eli Rich). They'll be happy to see such familiar faces as Michelle Bauer, Brinke Stevens, Carla Baron, and Laura Albert.

The movie makes good use of some L.A. locations, and does have a sense of humor: the main running gag is the fact that Joe and Elliot have to park their police car in a shady area to visit Mosley's studio, and it repeatedly gets targeted by local lowlifes. The main value, however, lies in the presence of guest star Yaphet Kotto, cast as a coroner with many witty comments to make.

The performances are basically sound, with Everett making for a reasonably sympathetic flawed hero. Buffs will recognize supporting players such as Jill Jacobson ("Nurse Sherri"), Paul Kent ("Ruby" '77), and David Wells ("Society"). Rich is amusing as a particularly smarmy photographer wearing a toupee that you'll keep wanting to snatch off his head.

At least "The Jigsaw Murders" can boast an unlikely scene where the guys present at a bachelor party put everything else on hold so they can put together a jigsaw puzzle.

Six out of 10.

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