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Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness -- Mike Strauber goes mad when finding his wife Sharon in bed with his best friend Jerry. He retreats into an imaginary world of 'truth or dare', as he did when he was a deranged child, where hallucinatory friends 'dare' him into horrid acts of self-mutilation. Institutionalized, Mike continues to play truth or dare and manages to maul his face, covering it with a homemade copper mask. He escapes from the institution and goes on one of the most bizarre road rampages ever committed to celluloid (including a drive-by chainsawing!) that has to be seen to be believed, culminating in a bizarre confrontation with his wife. This is the 1986 cult classic horror film that helped jumpstart the entire "made directly for video" craze and was voted "One Of The Top 13 Slasher Films Of All Time" on in 2009!


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John Brace ... Mike Strauber
Mary Fanaro ... Sharon Strauber
Bruce Gold ... Jerry Powers

A.J. McLean ... 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
Therese C. Elliott ... Woman-Next-Door
Raymond Carbone ... Detective Rosenberg
Geoffrey Miller ... Wes
Tami Smith ... Dr. Bachman
Norm Rosenbaum ... Bald Man
Asbestos Felt ... Warty Man / Newscaster Voice
Anthony T. Townes ... Guard #1

Joel D. Wynkoop ... Guard #2 (as Joel Wynkoop)
Pam Weitzman ... Woman With Carriage
Baby Duff ... Baby In Carriage
Jere Beery ... Teen Punk
Christine Efstathion ... Teen Punk
Rachel Rutz ... Teen Punk

Valerie Gobos ... Station Wagon Family
Joe Scheurer ... Station Wagon Family
Michele Bellefeuille ... Station Wagon Family
Lydia Kring ... Station Wagon Family
Kelly Dreber ... Teen In Flashback
Robert Gann ... Teen In Flashback
Wendy Ritter ... Teen In Flashback
Terence Andreucci ... Pournelle (as Terrence Andreucci)
Richard K. Day ... Officer Down
Si Stillerman ... Medical Examiner
Scott Weitzman ... Baseball Player
Timothy Wellman ... Boy in Flashback
Cynthia Frisch ... Bus Stop Victim
Jim Frisch ... Bus Stop Victim
Ted Frisch ... Bus Stop Victim
Angelina Rodell ... Old Lady
Margaret Carbone ... Dispatcher (voice)
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Directed by
Tim Ritter 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tim Ritter 

Produced by
Geoffrey Miller .... executive producer
Steven R. Weitzman .... executive producer
Yale Wilson .... producer
Original Music by
Johnny Britt 
Ken Karlson 
Cinematography by
Christopher M. Burritt 
Ned Miller 
Film Editing by
Jack Behrend 
Set Decoration by
Valerie Gobos 
Costume Design by
Valerie Gobos 
Makeup Department
Stephen Prouty .... special makeup effects artist (as Steve Prouty)
Production Management
Yale Wilson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Feldott .... first assistant director (as Steven J. Feldott)
Art Department
Kyle Barth .... assistant set decorator
Arthur Guse .... storyboard artist
Joel D. Wynkoop .... props (as Joel Wynkoop)
Sound Department
Ric Coken .... sound re-recording mixer
Jon Lind .... additional sound
Timothy Logue .... boom operator
Mike Moats .... sound technical consultant
Jim Moore .... sound effects
Glenn Selig .... location sound recordist
Shawn Snowden .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Bob Shelley .... special effects
Jere Beery .... stunt coordinator
C.D. Kingera .... stunts
Bob Shelley .... stunts
Joel D. Wynkoop .... stunts (as Joel Wynkoop)
Camera and Electrical Department
James R. Frazier .... assistant camera
Geoffrey Miller .... best boy
Scott Mumford .... grip
Al Pavoni .... assistant camera (as Al 'Tiko' Pavoni)
Todd Smith .... gaffer
Casting Department
Priscilla Duff .... casting (as Priscilla Sue Duff)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kyle Barth .... assistant wardrobe
Valerie Gobos .... wardrobe
Music Department
Jim Cogan .... music mixer
Jim Cogan .... music recordist
Other crew
Jeff Allen .... production assistant
Donna Beery .... production assistant
Pamela D'Amico .... production assistant
Sherri Gilman-Tompkins .... unit publicist
Roberta McElroy .... location manager
Bonnie Neilia .... craft service (as Bonnie Nielia)
Malinda Shelley .... production assistant
Cecelia von der Heyde .... production secretary
Susan Knox Wilson .... production auditor
Susan Knox Wilson .... production coordinator
Bob Wright .... production assistant
Robert Wright .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Truth or Dare" - USA (alternative title)
"Truth or Dare?" - USA (alternative title)
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Norway:90 min | USA:87 min (DVD release)
Aspect Ratio:
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Norway:18 (video premiere) | UK:18 | USA:Not Rated
Filming Locations:

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Audio/visual unsynchronized: During one of Mike Strauber's many flashbacks, there is a scene in which he and his wife are sitting by the pool and his wife asks, "Is it that hard to believe it could get a little boring around here?" but the audio cuts out before she finishes the word "here." Later, an audio flashback uses the same clipped segment.See more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A new respect...., 31 December 2006
Author: Bub_the_zombie from kentucky

Truth or Dare is one of those films that you'll never see anything else like it. Everything is completely over-the-top. The gore, action, comedy - the extremely catchy synth score - Everything is done in a way that's a complete parody within itself, but Ritter doesn't do it in an obvious form. He's poking fun at the film, but does it in a serious way. (Is that a paradox?) Nevertheless, this is an experience you'll likely not forget very soon. I'm sure Ritter was working out some hidden feelings or agenda's during the time this film was released. I had no idea that Ritter was only around 18 or 19 when he made this film - MAking a competent film at 19 - Hitting the top of the video rental chain - All before he was 20. I'm not sure how JR Bookwalter gets all the credit for revolutionizing indy film making. Tim Ritter certainly deserves more credit in regards to the straight to video market that kick started home entertainment.

I'm not saying Truth or Dare is a masterpiece, but what it is is a competently made horror film (now a cult classic) that was virtually written and directed by a teenager! Luck may have had something to do with it, but craftiness (not only in the directing department, but craftiness in the marketing department) has made his name a very welcomed sound to the old school horror fan.

BTW, the old man who played one of the mental patients deserved an award. At times, I'm not so sure Ritter didn't actually have the guy cut off his hand. Of course, I'm an idiot, but after one grasps how young the director was, they'll gain a whole new appreciation for this movie.

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