Tom Holland is back again to put the wet back in your pants. We should clarify that we’re talking about Child’s Play writer/director Tom Holland and not Spider-Man™ Tom Holland. Also the level of/reason for your level of pants dryness is strictly your business.
Deadline reports that the 73-year-old horror vet will direct the incredibly titled motion picture Rock Paper Dead. (There have to be at least six terrible hardcore bands with that name, eh?) Holland isn’t the only person on the project with a fair bit of experience. Friday the 13th writer Victor Miller is co-penning the script, fellow Friday the 13th alum Harry Manfredini will compose, and the Emmy-nominated Vincent Guastini is tasked with special makeup effects. What’s it about, you ask? Thanks for playing along. It’s about things. SCARY THINGS! SERIAL KILLER PLUS ANGUISH TYPE THINGS!
The film is about Peter Harris, aka “The Doll Maker,” a serial killer who returns to his ancestral family estate after being released from the state hospital for the criminally insane after 20 years – a “cured” man. Once inside the old house, anguished memories from a tortured childhood and visitations from past victims shake Peter’s resolve, but it isn’t until the lovely young Ashley enters his life that Peter makes a fateful decision, one that rekindles old desires that always have ended in murder.
That sounds like an orgy of nightmares waiting to happen, now doesn’t it? Rock Paper Dead is being lined up to go into production next month with plans for a 2017 release. An avalanche of merchandise is also being prepped for this horror offering.
Guastini, a co-producer on the film, will provide the special makeup effects, including a line of serial killer-inspired dolls and masks based on the film. The dolls will be from the the Doll Maker’s collection of victim dolls and represent each of the victims shown in the film. He also will create death masks that will be seen in the movie.
The items will then be part of a line of film-inspired merchandise items that will be available in stores around the time of the film’s expected release in theaters right before Halloween 2017.
Probably a more sensible option than putting out your horror wares to grab the coveted Labor Day crowd. Consider us intrigued.