OOM #5 – Paper Rock, Scissors (2011)

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Welcome to a strange day in October Overlook Madness. First of all, it was the first day of Valdivia, so sorry if you come to this post a bit late, but sometimes there’s no time to take a break and well, even if the movie of the day helps you in these ways, it’s still very hard to finally sit down and write your daily thing, specially when you have to write about the movies you saw at the same time. Today the Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness featured not only a movie that I’ve seen, but also one of the best horror movies ever made, ‘Suspiria’ (1977), and one of the 5 best that he has ever featured on his retrospectives so far, and while he clearly doesn’t think much of it (he clearly admires it more than loves it), it still is a compelling video which you can watch here. Since yesterday’s film was ‘Frozen’ (2010), and my personal list doesn’t have any films of 2010 or after that are in the Horror genre, and since I don’t like going backwards, I decided to jump ahead one year, 2011, and find the highest rated horror film that had an entry on the site Letterboxd. What I came up with was this strange horror comedy short film. If this continues and tomorrow we have another movie that I’ve seen coming from Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness, we will jump to 2012 and do the same thing. Let’s hope I don’t have to do that again.

Apparently Heather Wixson, the director of ‘Paper Rock, Scissors’ (2011) is a famous critic and collaborator for many horror webpages and this was her debut in the realms of actual filmmaking. According to IMDb she hasn’t done much in directing since then, and while I don’t think she is any good or great, I do think that she has the outlandish imagination that is necessary and also a breath of fresh air in the genre, as long as she stays away from a tongue-in-cheek tone that permeates this short. The film is the chronicle of a date, a guy comes to a girl’s apartment and they have dinner, but before food is served he finds a cardboard cutout of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, which seems to have a mind of its own, as it moves around and converses with the girl in complete silence. An obsession is discovered by the guy, and well, the title could tell you about how it all ends, and I guess that’s the main fault that this short film has: it’s eager to please in the most simple and dumb ways possible, through laughter and ridicule at what we see. I would’ve loved this if it was played straight, an actual cardboard cutout killing people is a scary concept as ridiculous as it sounds, it could work in the same vein as mannequins sometimes work in films, but here we are in a movie that wastes all potential in the silly jokes, starting with its title. A film with potential and a good calling card, but not worth watching again. You can find this on Vimeo if you google around.

6/10

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