LIONS GATE FILMS has released “R.S.V.P.” a thriller in the vein of “FRIDAY THE 13th" without the supernatural aspects.
Hal, obsessed with serial killers as well as murder films, decides to throw a going away party for his friend and former college buddy, Jimmy. Unfortunately for his guests, Hal plans to murder each of them, believing that pulling this feat off will elevate him as one of the most intelligent serial killers of all time.
Writer/director Mark Anthony Galluzzo has managed to create some scary moments, even within the less-than-original framework given here. Still, even with a 90 minute running time, the film takes a while to get going! Worse, it’s not as if there’s a lot of plot or character development that had to be realized to justify the slow beginning.
Still, as already mentioned, there are some thrills, and after the rough pacing for the first half of the film, it picks up the pace considerably. Horror fans will probably still enjoy the film’s surprises, and it’s better crafted than most slasher/horror films available.
LIONS GATE has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. It’s a less than stellar transfer. But, given the film’s obvious modest budget, it’s understandable. Colors are decent, but contrast is only adequate, with darker scenes lacking the detail we’d prefer. Fleshtones appear natural.
LIONS GATE has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While not overly aggressive, it still offers some effective, mood-enhancing moments. Surrounds are used mostly for atmosphere. Most directional effects are delegated to the front soundstage. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
LIONS GATE has taken some interest in this release, offering a commentary with the film’s director and main cast. It’s actually unintentionally amusing, reminiscent of the one from “SPHERE” wherein no one seemed to realize their film was much less than a masterpiece.
A deleted scenes section offers 12 deleted scenes, none of which add anything to the film, and were rightly cut. One fun extra is a “Behind-the-scenes” featurette shot by cast member, Jason Mewes.