Unfortunately, aside form the aesthetic of the killer I found the movie a bit obvious. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it in part. It is a cat and mouse, slasher-esque, game picture, but it doens't quite compete with some of the finer entries in those particular subgenres of horror. The highlight is seeing Ron Perlman in anything, so you have that to look forward to. Far be it from me to say that I don't enjoy a generic piece of horror entertainment, but this one rubs me the wrong way simply based on its desire to play off some popular tropes out of successful gaming horror pics while delivering little more than a cool mask.
Director Greg Francis has been responsible for quite a bit of television over the years, Poker Night being a recent endeavor into film after working on many police and FBI related programs as well as paranormal research and supernatural programming. The look of the movie is fine mind you and the Blu-ray is quite nice. The movie itself competently shot though not extraordinary.
Starring Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff, Titus Welliver, Michael Eklund, Ron Eldard, Corey Large.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
Synopsis from Xlrator:
In this twisted thriller, a young detective is caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he is kidnapped and tormented by a masked serial killer. In order to survive, the rookie must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives on their regular poker night.