Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness (1986)


Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness (1986)

Director:Tim Ritter

Writer:Tim Ritter

Stars:John Brace, Mary Fanaro, Bruce Gold

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.

I had high expectations when I pressed play and sat comfortably on my  couch to witness the pretty acknowledged SOV splatter bravado & bravura of “Truth or dare?:A Critical madness”.Unfortunately I was a bit let down by this dated affair.

Sure it’s not the weakest splatter entry from the mid 80ies,let alone its humble origin as a SOV movie enables us to “forgive” the film for its vast array of flaws and laughable moments,but as the plot unfolds it gets even harder for the seasoned horror fan to take this flick seriously.The main idea behind the film is interesting but is unfortunately undermined by the gaping plot holes of the actual screenplay and the continuity errors.The director of the film Tim Ritter has already stated that his producer turned sour after he learnt Ritter was only in his late teens at the time of shooting and he started interfering with the filming and editing process,this resulting in Ritter’s movie ending sort of “butchered”.Then the supposedly over-the-top special effects turned to being of surprisingly amateurish quality.

However the horror novice will certainly find moments of unmistakable horror charm here and there,with prime examples being the campfire scene and the infamous madhouse sequence.John Brace adequate acting in the lead role also adds a certain appeal to some moments of that particular film and watching him snapping and gradually sinking more and more into his madness can occasionally be amusing but alas his games of truth or dare could be much more effective given more panache and an actual professional film making treatment.Thus the end result seems to be a little “undercooked” if am allowed the pun.

On a last note.The absolutely atrocious soundtrack makes this film even more of a guilty pleasure than already is.

Μία από τις πλέον διαβόητες straight on video ταινίες τρόμου της δεκαετίας του 80 δείχνει δυστυχώς τις ρυτίδες της εν έτει 2015.

Είναι η απόλυτη απουσία συνοχής,τα παντελώς ερασιτεχνικά,ακόμα και για τα 80ies, ειδικά εφφέ ,είναι το αδιάφορο φιλμάρισμα,το άθλιο soundtrack…Οι ατέλειες της συγκεκριμένης ταινίας δείχνουν να μην έχουν τέλος…

Παρ’όλα αυτά η ταινία δεν είναι εντελώς για τα μπάζα,ειδικά αν σας γοητεύει η αισθητική ταινιών φτιαγμένων για την αγορά του βίντεο,όπως “Sledgehammer” ,”The Video Dead” κλπ. Κανα δυό σκηνές ανθολογίας και μια σχετικά ενδιαφέρουσα σεναριακή ιδέα βοηθούν στο να περάσει η ώρα σχετικά εύκολα.

Mην τη βάλετε επ’ουδενί πάντως στη λίστα προτεραιότητας με τις ταινίες προς θέαση…


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