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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)

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:

Did You Know?

Revealing mistakes: During most of the film, but especially the end scene where Mike Strauber is shot, his "copper" mask appears to move with his breaths, indicating its true rubber state.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fall of an Actor (2009)See more »
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Killed By Needless Comedy, 14 July 2014
Author: hbeeinc from Boston, Ma

This might have been a magnificent piece of nastiness. The first half with Mike breakdown creeped me out several times. It's played straight and as brutally as the actors' talents permit. John Brace (Mike) gets better as he gets crazier. Ironically, as soon as the mask goes on, the film goes downhill. The wacky, incompetent cops show up and blow the tone of the film. It feels as if it got a makeover half-way through filming. Example: they walk all over a tense moment towards the end of the film to throw one more quick gag in. As a coup de grace, the end of the film comes with possibly the worst song ever written for film. It sounds like it was written by a social worker bingeing on coke, Quaaludes and Kenny Logins.

All told, entertaining at first and then frustrating.

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