DVD Review: Rock, Paper, Scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors,(fka Rock, Paper, Dead) was directed by Tom Holland from a screenplay by Kerry Fleming and Victor Miller and stars Luke Macfarlane, Michael Madsen, Gabrielle Stone, John Dugan, Maureen McCormick and Tatum O’Neal.

From the writer of Friday the 13th and the director of Child’s Play comes this tale of a serial killer that’s been cured… or has he been? Released from a mental hospital, Peter (Luke Macfarlane) is haunted by memories of childhood abuse and murder victims while being menaced by the cop who put him away (Michael Madsen). His only friend is pretty neighbor Monica, who says she wants to interview him for a book. But does she have a more sinister motive in mind?

The story for this psychological thriller centers around Peter Harris (Luke Macfarlane), a serial killer known as “the Doll Maker” who’s been in a mental institution for ten years after he brutally murdered several women. Dr. Evelyn Bauer (Tatum O’Neal) is his psychiatrist who thinks he’s ready to be released back into society but Detective Doyle Dechert (Michale Madsen), his arresting officer at the time, isn’t so sure Peter has been cured because there’s still something a little off about him.

Peter returns to his family home that’s full of nightmares and personal demons but he’s determined to make his newly found freedom work and not let his past haunt him. There’s Peter’s Uncle Charles (John Dugan) who we meet through flashbacks and he’s about as creepy as they come plus you can tell he’s a little too handsy. This is also what began Peter’s downward spiral into madness when he was a kid. What happens next is, Peter’s new neighbor Ashley (Jennifer Titus) introduces herself and he’s instantly crushing on her. The thing about Ashley is that there’s an ulterior motive at play here that Peter isn’t aware of plus he’s got the former detective keeping a close eye on him. Of course, when another young woman is found dead all fingers are pointing at Peter, but the big question is, did he do it or is something else going on? The shocking answer is a big reveal that comes with a twist!

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and specs. The DVD disc is flat grey and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Rock, Paper, Scissors was a good watch but it did have its flaws with the biggest one being in the script. It felt like it needing tightening up and some of the dialogue the characters were spitting out got a little cheesy at times. Horror fans all know the legendary Tom Holland (Child’s Play and Fright Night) and I was excited when I found out he was going to direct another movie and even though this isn’t even close to his best work, Rock ,Paper, Scissors ended up being kind of an entertaining watch. Luke McFarlane delivers a great performance as this tormented serial killer that reminded me some of Norman Bates with a twist. Yes, there’s definitely a twist that comes with this character. The supporting cast also delivered plus we get to see some familiar faces show up in a few cameos. As far as the blood and gore goes, it’s all kept to a minimum because this is definitely a character-driven psychological thriller that features a little suspense and mystery to it. Rock, Paper, Scissors will be available on DVD on July 23rd.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

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