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Detective Gary discovers that his wife is having an affair. Despondent, he drinks and discusses his problem with friend Dan, a police detective. When someone in a copper mask begins slaughtering people connected to Gary's life, Dan begins suspecting Gary, whose cousin Mike had a similar slip of the gears. Dan discusses the case with eminent psychiatrist Dr. Siedow, who has a few sexually slipped gears of his own. Together they try to stop the fiend before more people are killed. Written by
Ed Sutton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If only this movie were as good as the flame fx during the beginning credits leads us to believe, it would probably be at least a little bit better. Wicked Games is a shot-on-video sequel to Truth Or Dare? A film which was not shot on video. So it doesn't have a whole lot going for it, to begin with. And besides, Wicked Games has a lot to live up to, considering Truth Or Dare? is a pretty good movie, and also considering director, Tim Ritter created an epic masterpiece (Killing Spree) between the two. It's not so much the fact that it's basically a home video that turns me off. It's more the fact it's an uninteresting home video.
This unnecessary sequel stars the legendary Joel D. Wynkoop. Reprising his role as Dan Hess. Eight years after the events in Truth Or Dare?, No longer a psychiatric guard, Hess is now a police psychiatrist, assigned to look after Mike Strauber, the copper-masked killer. New to the series, Dan's best friend, Gary. Gary is pretty much going through the same personal woes, which plagued Strauber in the original. Gary has caught his girlfriend cheating on him. Heartbroken, and possibly on the verge of suicide, Gary shows up at Dan's, looking for a place to stay. It's around this time, people around town are being murdered. Specifically those who cheat, and those who they cheat with. Strange, because in the original, Mike killed randomly, after being driven to madness. A quality which worked well, and a quality which probably should have been repeated.
My opinions on this movie aside, The films of Tim Ritter are one of the best examples you will find of quality cinema on a really, really tiny budget. Not only do Ritter's Twisted Illusions possess qualities from that of Troma and H.G. Lewis, hence the sleaziness and gore, but Ritter's films are actually about something. Ritter's films are socially relevant. The man obviously has a lot to say about this ugly world we all live in. So, he's a fairly smart guy, who knows how to put together a really good script, who also knows how to put together a really good production. None of this explains why Tim Ritter thought Wicked Games would ever be a good idea. Although, might I add, part 3, Screaming For Sanity is actually really good. Ultimately, the fact that Ritter got a sweeter mask, for the killer, to compensate for an unfortunate lack of film, makes me chuckle, yet, somehow I doubt I woulda loved this movie, otherwise. By far, my least favorite of Tim Ritter's impressive body of work, not to say I don't recommend it, because anything from Tim Ritter is worth sitting through, at least once. And hey, there's always Wynkoop!! 6/10
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