Rock, Paper, Scissors (2017) (Blu-ray REVIEW)
Directed By: Tom Holland
STARRING: Michael Madsen, Luke Macfarlane, Tatum O’Neal
RATED: R/REGION: A/2:35/1080p/NUMBER OF DISCS: 1 (BDr)
AVAILABLE FROM Lionsgate Films
Peter “the Doll Maker” Harris returns to his ancestral family home after being released from the state’s hospital for the criminally insane – a “cured” man. Once inside the old house, anguished memories from a tortured childhood and ghostly visitations from his past victims shake Peter’s resolve. It isn’t until lovely young Ashley enters his life that Peter makes a fateful decision, a decision that will rekindle old desires that always ended in murder.
Tom Holland’s Rock, Paper, Scissors is an interesting enough horror flick MOST of the time. We have a killer who keeps claiming his twin brother did the crime and he’s caught right at the start of the film and sentenced to life in the nut house and from there they seemingly quickly convince him he’s making up his other brother, say he’s reformed, and then set him free where not only is a detective played by Michael Madsen watching him, but so is the sister of his last victim. This causes a nice little thriller with some interesting moments as this dude is haunted by his past and tries not to slip back into his ways. He pretty much trips a bit and this opens the doors for some cool effects moments as we build things up with some tension. If nothing else, a movie like this shows that they can make a horror movie based around virtually anything, this time being a rock, paper, scissors game. But that even being the case, that concept does feel a little bit forced at times.
The biggest issue this one has is being way too predictable and it also has an ending that I’m sure will frustrate the viewers, especially if we never get a sequel. There are moments here and there and especially in the last part of the movie where the blood does fly and that’s probably when things are at their peak. The acting is fine, the story is interesting enough, but things are a bit too by the books when it comes to twists and turns. This isn’t Child’s Play by any means, but veteran horror director Tom Holland makes a movie that will at least hold your attention, build a little tension, but then sadly leave you feeling like things are lacking a little too much.
Quality of Transfer: 94%