The Laser Blast Film Society Presents: Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness

When: March 19, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.

  • PRE-SHOW: 7:30 p.m.
  • FEATURE: 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON

TRUTH OR DARE?: A CRITICAL MADNESS (1986)
Dir. Tim Ritter
Cast:  John BraceMary FanaroBruce Gold
Runtime: 90 min
Country: USA
Screening Format: VHS

Poster art by Trevor Henderson.

"Hilarious plotting, wonderfully budget-challenged gore, totally committed performances from semi-professional actors, and enough off-the-wall skewiness to keep any mad movie fan entertained throughout. Plus it’s got that charming sincerity and passion that lifts some films above the merely bad into the rarefied realm of the glorious failure". - Mad Mad Mad Mad Movies Blog

Dweeby architect Mike Strauber (John Brace) turns psycho-killer after catching his wife in bed with another man, and embarks on an adventure of murder and self-mutilation spurred on by his sudden psychosis that he is perpetually ensnared in a game of Truth or Dare; where the choice is always dare, and the dare is always KILL! KILL! KILL!

Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness is gleefully packed with inspired lo-fi gore, a CASIO heart-attack of a soundtrack, an ensemble of endearingly committed performances (including a prepubescent AJ from the Backstreet Boys!) and directed with palpable teen spirit by then 18 years old Tim Ritter!

Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness earns its spot as a seminal work, not just in the the annals home video history, but also in the pantheon of horror heroes alongside Freddy and Jason.

The Laser Blast Film Society is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.