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The Bet (2007)

Not Rated | | Short, Thriller | 13 June 2007 (USA)
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Two men have a long-standing game of placing a wager on the fate of those unfortunate enough to cross their path. Their latest pawn is a young woman with a mysterious past.


Michael Dunn



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Cast overview:
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Henry (as Lou Diamond)
Courtney Gardner Jensen ... The Girl (as Courtney Gardner-Stavros)
Walt Turner Walt Turner ... James
Mat Planet Mat Planet ... Donnie
Shannon Sarver Shannon Sarver ... Maree
Mike Minnick Mike Minnick ... The Guy in the Hallway
Drew Marvick ... The Man in the Bedroom


Two men have a long-standing game of placing a wager on the fate of those unfortunate enough to cross their path. Their latest pawn is a young woman with a mysterious past.

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You Never Win


Short | Thriller


Not Rated


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Release Date:

13 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


Box Office


$5,000 (estimated)
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Color (hd)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is based on a short story by co-writer/director Michael Dunn. The first version of the story was written in 1987 and was inspired by his wife's (whom he was dating at the time) recurring nightmare as a teenager. The nightmare's structure was identical to the story (and film) where a young woman is dragged back and forth between two rooms, with a bet placed on which room she'll die in. Part of the three-page story was lost and Michael rewrote it in 1993, expanding it to explore what was going on in the girl's mind. The story was published in 2005 in the UK-based horror anthology "Thirteen." When writing the first draft of the script, Michael shifted the focus from The Girl to the two men, since the sole dialog in the story was a mumbled "Please" by The Girl. Michael felt it would be more interesting to explore the characters of the men, since, without gags, they'd actually be able to speak. See more »


James: If you don't say it, who's gonna say it for you?
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Featured in An Uncommon Wager: The Making of 'The Bet' (2007) See more »


Written by Rachel Bellinsky
Performed by Justine Bellinsky
Engineered by Mike Powers
Recorded at The Tone Factory
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OMG, I love "The Bet" - totally freaked me out!
26 July 2008 | by amyrolltideSee all my reviews

OMG, I love "The Bet" - totally freaked me out! This is what a short thriller is all about.

Scary, dramatic, and nail-biting! Aaaaaaagh! I couldn't get it out of my head for days.

Amazing thriller.

The setting...the environment....so dirty and concerning and scary.

The actors are fantastic, they totally communicate the fear and confusion that the director must have been seeking. They seem like unknowns to me? but also seem very talented, very convincing. The directing, the photography, the set-design....all spot-on.

You leave this movie saying, WTF??? in a very good and intriguing way.

When's the next one coming out?!?!?!

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