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Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness (1986)

Not Rated | | Horror | 1987 (Norway)
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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
... 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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$200,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

On the 4 September 2013 episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005), Elijah Wood said that he was five years old when he watched his first horror movie - Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness (1986), which was a then-newly released. He said that it was what made him fall in love with horror films, that it remains one his all-time favorite horror movies, and that he has introduced it to several of his friends over the years. See more »

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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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Critical Madness
Written by Johnny Britt and Ken Karlson
Performed by Kay Reed with the Church Of Our Savior Choir
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Killed By Needless Comedy
14 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

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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