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Would You Rather (2012)

Not Rated | | Horror | 14 October 2012 (USA)
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Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman unknowingly agrees to compete in a deadly game of "Would You Rather," hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.

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... Iris
... Shepard Lambrick
... Bevans
... Dr. Barden
... Lucas
... Amy
... Conway
... Travis
... Cal
... Linda
... Julian
... Peter
... Raleigh
... Driver
... Shift Manager
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A young woman, desperate to help her sickly brother, accepts a dinner invitation to what seems to be easy money. As soon as she arrives to dinner, she realizes that playing the "game" is deadly for its losers. She and several others spend the night being terriorized in a game of would you rather. Written by Tanquanae Blacknall

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Tell yourself it's just a game.

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A woman's name is Dr. Barden. Brittany Snow (Iris) also stars in the Pitch Perfect series, in which she attends Barden University. See more »

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In the first round Lucas is told the blue button is for him and the red button for Iris. The strap is then moved from Lucas to Cal and he should be the blue button, but Iris is told the red button is for Cal. See more »

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[first lines]
Shift Manager: You're available to start right away?
Iris: Yes.
Shift Manager: I'm not really seeing a lot of restaurant experience on the, uh, resume.
Iris: I've always had, um, summer jobs, but... yeah, mostly retail.
Shift Manager: So, did you drop out of school, or... Why'd you come all the way back here?
Iris: Oh, no, um... Well, this is my home, and there was an accident, so I have to take care of my brother.
Shift Manager: Well, I'll tell you what I can do, um... I'll talk to the owner. Uh, I know they were looking for, uh, wait staff with experience,...
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TYPO: In the intro credits, they spelled their own production company incorrectly. The production company is listed as "Perisicope Entertainment" when it should be "Periscope Entertainment". See more »

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Referenced in The Darkest Nothing: Paraphrenia (2018) See more »

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Midnight, the Stars and You
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Written by Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Harry M. Woods
Performed by Ray Noble and His Orchestra (as Ray Noble Orchestra) with Al Bowlly
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Sadistic wealthy people always spell trouble for the downtrodden or down on their luck. 13 Tzameti, Hard Target and Hostel are all good examples of the wealthy torturing and killing the less fortunate for the purpose of their own entertainment.

The latest such cinematic example is Would You Rather. Starring Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Sasha Grey (my personal hard drive), Robb Wells (Hobo with a Shotgun), and John Heard (Home Alone), Would You Rather gathers a group of strangers for a wealthy aristocrat, played by Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator) who pits his guests against each other in sadistic games where they have to choose between two options – each of which can either cause pain or death to themselves or another guest.

So guests are put in awkward positions of having to decide whether to electrocute themselves or someone else or whether to whip a guest or stab another. Attempt to leave the game and you will be shot. Take too long to decide on the lesser of the two options and you will be killed. The goal is to become the last person standing and the reward differs on the needs of each individual.

The main character to which the movie focuses around the table is Iris (Snow). She agrees to be part of the unrevealed game in an effort to provide for her ailing brother. She is the first to be tested with an offer to eat portions of a steak in return for $1,000 (being a vegetarian, it was a tough decision). But as the evening draws further, Iris and the others will be forced to make decisions inflicting unspeakable pain towards the other participants.

Stealing the movie is Combs. He commands a presence at the top of the table and his evil is believable in large thanks to his charismatic and demented portrayal of sadistic Shepard Lambrick.

The movie doesn't offer a lot of 'What would you do in the same situation'? There is little hope or much choice as the game progresses. Still, the script by Steffen Schlachtenhaufen (Primal) is interesting enough in various character developments.

Not likely to make many Top 10 lists by year's end, Would You Rather still offers valued entertainment and a few good self-inflicted wounds along the way.

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