Friday, September 4, 2009

Truth or Dare? A Critical Madness

Truth or Dare? A Critical Madness
Directed by Tim Ritter
Released: 1986
Starring John Brace, Mary Fanaro, Bruce Gold
Running Time: 87 minutes

Mike (played by John Brace) works very hard and doesn't appreciate his wife's adulterous ways. He goes stark raving mad and starts mutilating himself in a game of truth or dare? with an imaginary ho-bag. Mike ends up in an insane asylum where instead of getting better, he mutilates his face and then makes himself a copper mask (which moves like it was made out of rubber). Somehow, our beloved hero escapes with a cache of weapons at his disposal and goes on a killing spree.

This 16mm garbage wonder was filmed (then transfered to video!) in Palm Beach County, Florida. The gore is cheap but good and there is a high body count. There are some actual stunts and even an exploding shack. Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness starts off promisingly enough with a great opening credit sequence and a keyboardy death rattle soundtrack. John Brace's performance as Mike is totally unhinged and fun as hell to watch. The plot takes a little while to take off but this indie horror film turns out to be way better than I thought it would. Bury your expectations and give this cheapie a chance. Holy living fuck, that closing song is priceless!

Is Mike upset?

Yes, Mike is very, very upset.

Effective time management in action.

Why comedy cops? Because fuck the viewer, that's why.

See, I thought the scenery looked a little too familiar! When that Palm Beach Gardens firetruck showed up, well I started getting a little homesick. The outside of that insane asylum looks suspiciously like the community college I attended. Wow, nice.

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