Over the past several months we’ve been covering Rock Paper Dead, a new film with quite a “dream team” behind the scenes; and now, with shooting set to begin in Los Angeles next week, word has come as to who will be in front of the cameras… and it’s quite an eclectic bunch! Read on for the details.
From the Press Release:
Actors Jennifer Titus (pictured below left; Supergator), Luke Macfarlane (pictured below right; “Killjoys, “Mercy Street”), Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon, “Rescue Me”), and Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight) have joined the cast of Tom Holland’s (Fright Night, Child’s Play) latest feature, ROCK PAPER DEAD. Also co-starring are Anna Margaret (“Scream Queens”), Maureen McCormick (“The Brady Bunch”), and Gabrielle Stone (Death House).
Rounding out the cast will be some of horror’s most memorable character actors, including Ari Lehman, who played the original Jason in Friday the 13th. Lehman will play an orderly named Jason in the film. John Dugan, who played Grandfather in Tobe Hooper’s original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, will also make a cameo in ROCK PAPER DEAD.
ROCK PAPER DEAD is the story of serial killer Peter “The Doll Maker” Harris, who returns to his ancestral family estate after being released from the state’s hospital for the criminally insane after twenty 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 have always ended in murder.
Macfarlane will play Peter “The Doll Maker” Harris, and Titus will play Ashley Grant with Madsen as Detective Doyle Deckert and O’Neal as Dr. Evelyn Bauer.
Produced by Amy Williams, ROCK PAPER DEAD is co-written by Victor Miller (Friday the 13th) and Kerry Fleming and directed by Tom Holland (Child’s Play). The film is executive produced by Fuel 1 and co-produced by Miller and Kerry. Vincent Guastini will provide the special makeup effects; Yash Bhatt is the director of photography. Ed Marx will serve as editor with original music by Harry Manfredini (Friday the 13th).
“Most who know me understand this genre is my medicine, which seems insane, but it’s true,” says producer Williams. “I was 9 years old with my baby brother, Joey, and saw Night of the Living Dead; and that was it for me. Words cannot convey how grateful and humbled I am to be working with such genius and legends for the team I was able to put together.”
Jennifer Titus was previously cast as Zoe in Roger Corman’s Supergator and as the lead in another Corman film, Cheerleader Massacre 2. A veteran of the thriller genre, she most recently appeared as Robyn in the sci-fi thriller Zoombies. Luke Macfarlane is best known for his starring role as Scotty on ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters.” He is currently featured in the Syfy series “Killjoys” as well as the PBS/Scott Free historical Civil War medical drama “Mercy Street.” He also recurs on the NBC series “The Night Shift.”
Tatum O’Neal (pictured below left) is the youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress), which she won in 1974 at age 10 for her performance as Addie Loggins in Paper Moon opposite her father, Ryan O’Neal. She also starred in The Bad News Bears, International Velvet, Nickelodeon, and Little Darlings. Recently she had a recurring role on FX’s “Rescue Me.” Michael Madsen (pictured below right) has had a long career spanning 25 years and more than 170 films, during which he has played memorable characters in a long list of box office hits, including The Hateful Eight, Kill Bill, Sin City, Reservoir Dogs, Hell Ride, Die Another Day, Donnie Brasco, Species, The Getaway, The Doors, Thelma & Louise, and Free Willy.
“I am extremely excited to be part of this film,” said O’Neal about her role. “I am a huge fan of the genre, and to know I’m working with the best of the best is the icing on the cake.”