Scissors (Thriller) 1991 [Movie/Review]


Year: 1991
Genre: Thriller
Director: Frank De Felitta
Original/Alternative Titles: –
Source: Blu-Ray (Kino Lorber)


A woman trying to recover from a sexual attack is locked in a posh apartment with a corpse of the very man she’s been dreaming would murder her. She tries to hang on to reality when objects around her seem to come to life.


If I have to choose a movie genre and a decade that goes along with it, then my favorite would be Horror movies from the 1980’s, and right after that on a second place, Thrillers from the 1990’s, just were Scissors belong, but the problem here is that it’s not that good.

After the success of Sharon Stone’s Basic Instinct (1992),
this film was retitled in German as “Final Instinct”.

Sharon Stone is the big star of this movie. She made this in-between Total Recall and Basic Instinct that both holds a much higher quality than this one. Scissors almost feels like the Italians noticed how popular the genre was at the time and decided to make their own sleazy version of it, much like they did in the 1970/80’s with Action, Sci-Fi and Horror. Although it’s US made, although the director Frank De Felitta sure sounds like he has Italian roots. He had previously only directed made-for-TV movies, and this was his first and last attempt for the big screen.

… and holy fuck did we need the #metoo movement in 1991, but we had to wait another 27 years for that to happen. Seriously what’s wrong with these men? The store clerk grabbing a womens ass, a psychoterapists who can’t open his mouth without spewing out some extreme sexual innuendos, a neighbour making sexual advances and blocking her way when she tries to leave. Cavemen, much?


After the success of Sharon Stone‘s Basic Instinct (1992), this film was retitled in German as “Final Instinct”.

The script was written originally to be an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955). Co-writer of that script, Frank De Felitta expanded that unsold and unmade screenplay and it became his last credit as a director.

The trapped in the apartment scene was originally used in the 1955 Ida Lupino “Official Films” TV show. Every detail of the situation was copied in the film, right down to the thin spatula that served no purpose in the Scissors film.

Supposedly taking place in Chicago (though there’s no attempt to give even the barest hint of it being in Chicago — the apartment building is very LA), but the sloppiness gets very evident when you see the (213) Los Angeles area code on the toy building across from the insane apartment she ends up in (Chicago’s area code is 312).


I watched this on a blu-ray from Kino Lorber. Both picture and sound don’t seems to have been worked with that much. They are ok, but not much more. The DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix is good, with the score not being to over the top and drowning the dialogue.


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