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Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness (1986)

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Mike Strauber catches his wife Sharon in bed with his best friend Jerry. He gets mad and takes off to embark on an adventure of murder and self-mutilation in demented games of truth or dare.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Brace ...
Mike Strauber
Mary Fanaro ...
Sharon Strauber
Bruce Gold ...
Jerry Powers
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Little Mike (as Alexander J. McLean)
Christopher Bontempo ...
Playmate
Jon Creamer ...
Playmate
Christine Duff ...
Playmate
Jennifer Duff ...
Playmate
Priscilla Duff ...
Mike's Mother
Kerry Ellen Walker ...
Hitch-Hiker
D.C. 'Dash' Goff ...
Park Ranger (as Dash Goff)
Rick Paige ...
Dr. Thorne
Mona Jones ...
Dr. Evans
Bruce Paquette ...
Garage Attendent
Edward L. Elliott II ...
Man-Next-Door
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Mike Strauber catches his wife Sharon in bed with his best friend Jerry. He gets mad and takes off to embark on an adventure of murder and self-mutilation in demented games of truth or dare. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Starting within the very first ten minutes of the film, Mike Strauber has the unique and uncanny ability to generate weapons from thin air, such as the pistol he grips when contemplating suicide. Director Tim Ritter explains in the commentary that there were missing scenes in which Mike Strauber goes to a hardware store to get "supplies," however most of the weapons Strauber generates cannot be found at a hardware store. See more »

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"His energy's gone in the wrong direction..."
9 May 2001 | by (northeastern PA) – See all my reviews

Truth or Dare is a campy, sadistic, truly warped horror movie. Shot on videotape and transferred to film, it actually benefits from its amateurishness, resulting in a genuinely disturbing experience that really packs a punch. This is one of the very few movies where video photography actually contributes the atmosphere instead of destroying it. It's incredibly gory and shows things that mainstream films wouldn't even imply. Where else are you going to see a baby run over by a car and a little boy chainsawed? And what's really interesting is that you never know where it'll go next. You think it's going to be a standard get-out-of-the-asylum-and-terrorize-the-ex-wife stalker plot, but things take a series of unexpected twists, with the bloodbath getting more and more demented. There are many moments where you don't know whether to laugh, scream, or get sick.

There are the usual bad-movie routines. The acting is variable--Kerry Ellen Walker, as the frizzy-haired hitchhiker chick, seems to have been plucked directly from a high-school production of Bye Bye Birdie. At the climax, the copper mask pulsates when the killer breathes. Still, it's all so numbingly brutal and unsettling that you can suspend disbelief ("hmm...very thin copper, apparently") and get dragged along on the bloody joyride. Kay Reed sings the hyper-dramatic theme song, "A Critical Madness," which is the source of my summary quote. Truly unforgettable, and not for the faint of heart or those concerned with "taste." As if children are immune to death!


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