#1 – Truth or Dare? – A Critical Madness
DIRECTOR: Tim Ritter
CAST: John Brace, Mary Fanaro and Bruce Gold
RUNTIME: 90 min
LASER BLAST FILM SOCIETY SCREENING:
DATE: March 19th, 2014
VENUE: The Royal Cinema
ORIGINAL POSTER ART BY: Trevor Henderson
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!
The slasher is a seminal work, not just in the the annals home video history, but also in the pantheon of horror heroes alongside Freddy and Jason.