Director: Dean Tschetter (as Alan Smithee) Writers: Tom Tully and Dean Tschetter Stars: Jake Dengel, Joe Sharkey, and Susann Fletcher Rated: R Country: USA Language: English Release Date: 2 May 1991 (USA) Also Known As: Picking Up the Pieces Budget: $250,000 Did ya Know: Joe Blocker's apartment is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, with the recognizable landmark statue of the Doughboy just outside the building.
BUDDY COP MOVIES
Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburghis an American independent horror comedy movie released in 1991. The film was directed by Dean Tschetter, who opted to officially have his name removed from the production so it gets credited to Alan Smithee. Special Effects master Tom Savini had provided some top-notch special effects for the picture. However, a lot of cuts were made by the MPAA, and those effects were lost to the cutting room floor.
A chainsaw killer has been terrorizing Pittsburgh, mutilating his victims in grotesque fashion and removing select parts of their bodies. Dengel and Sharkey are the two bumbling detectives attached to the case. Both dealing with issues of their own. Dengel has an overbearing wife that smokes like a damn chimney, and Sharkey is recently divorced following his “sexual problems”. These buddy cops team up with a fellow detective's daughter and investigate the killings stemming from Egypt Town.
The entire picture is full of Naked Gun type humor mixed with hardcore violence and gore. It’s really something else. The timing is good and the horror elements are effective. Unfortunately, the story goes off the rails more than once, and the filmmakers tend to focus on inane scenes that do little to progress the main plot. Sometimes those scenes come out of nowhere. It’s jarring at times.
However, Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh did a great job of keeping me entertained. No matter how out of place the comedy seemed to be, it kept me laughing. It’s a damn shame that the studio made cuts to Tom Savini’s gore. That act is truly unforgivable. It could have really been something if the producers didn’t give up.