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Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness (1986)

Not Rated | | Horror | 1 June 1986 (USA)
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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.


Tim Ritter, Yale Wilson


Tim Ritter



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Brace John Brace ... Mike Strauber
Mary Fanaro Mary Fanaro ... Sharon Strauber
Bruce Gold Bruce Gold ... Jerry Powers
A.J. McLean ... Little Mike (as Alexander J. McLean)
Christopher Bontempo Christopher Bontempo ... Playmate
Jon Creamer Jon Creamer ... Playmate
Christine Duff Christine Duff ... Playmate
Jennifer Duff Jennifer Duff ... Playmate
Priscilla Duff Priscilla Duff ... Mike's Mother
Kerry Ellen Walker Kerry Ellen Walker ... Hitch-Hiker
D.C. 'Dash' Goff D.C. 'Dash' Goff ... Park Ranger (as Dash Goff)
Rick Paige Rick Paige ... Dr. Thorne
Mona Jones Mona Jones ... Dr. Evans
Bruce Paquette Bruce Paquette ... Garage Attendent
Edward L. Elliott II Edward L. Elliott II ... Man-Next-Door


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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Release Date:

1 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Truth or Dare? See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Beach, Florida, USA


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 2016 during the 30th anniversary they re-released it on on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. See more »


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 »

Alternate Versions

The wide-screen DVD from Sub Rosa features a redone version of the opening credits in a different font (the title graphic, however, remains the same) giving Tim Ritter back his directing credit (producer Yale Wilson took it on the previous VHS release). See more »


Critical Madness
Written by Johnny Britt and Ken Karlson
Performed by Kay Reed with the Church Of Our Savior Choir
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One Hell of a Bad Movie
28 July 2000 | by WritnGuy-2See all my reviews

I was at the video store with my friend, and while trying to find a third movie, I mentioned this, and she took it from the shelf and said, "We're getting this. Come on."

Ugh, of all the movies....

There are bad horror movies (which I've had my fill of) and there is this. This movie probably could have been disturbing or bizarrely entertaining, but it just sort of came off as tiresome and plodding.

If you've read the other reviews, you've gotten some idea of the plot. I hadn't really understood what the movie was about, but it's as basic as it seems. A guy comes home to find his wife cheating on him with another man. He leaves, and slowly goes insane (well, actually, it's pretty quick) and begins playing these sick Truth or Dare games, first with a hitch-hiker he imagines and goes on a camping trip with, and then in the mental hospital with two inmates after he kills his wife's lover and tries to kill her. He eventually breaks free from the hospital, wearing a weird copper mask, and goes on a senseless, inane killing spree. Throw in two detectives and a return trip to finally kill off the wife, and you've got a movie. Not a very good one, but a movie.

Yes, the film is gory at times. There's gratuitous violence, a few scenes of nudity, and virtually no structured plot. Some people can appreciate that. Yet, somehow, this is a really boring movie! It all gets so routine and actually quite slow that you'll find yourself getting quite tired. It's also quite ridiculous. People are being killed in public, and no one else notices. (ie: the three people at the bus stop) And it's also a bit tasteless. (Come on, running over a mother and baby?)

The one thing I feel almost obliged to note is the song during the closing credits, properly titled "A Critical Madness," sung by some hack and her choir from a church (!) Listen to this song, I dare you, it's almost disturbing. I found it to be the only entertaining part of the movie.

Do I recommend this? What do you think? I guess if you need to see it to see what the deal is with this movie (like I did) sure, see it. But really...you could do better.

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