Would You Rather (2012) Review

would_you_rather_reviewSynopsis: 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.

Quick Review: Would You Rather uses a familiar plot to build an interesting torture porn flick that shines through higher than average standards.

The first thing I noticed when watching Would You Rather was the score. It’s a really catchy, mysterious score and it is properly used throughout the movie. The second thing that picked my attention was all the familiar faces. You will probably recognize everybody from somewhere on TV or movies. And the cherry on top was the presence of the great and too rare, Jeffrey Combs whose role as Dr West in the Re-Animator series has guaranteed him a place in the all time horror greats.

And trust me, in Would You Rather he delivers a great performance as Mr Lambrick, a crazy megalomaniac whose own pleasure is to watch other people suffering.

My main concern with the movie is that games have a tendency to stretch for too long and apart  for the last one, where people have to take a gamble on which choice they will have to face, most games are not gruesome enough ( I would have loved to see more gory games ala Saw). I also do not understand the purpose of Dr Barden as a character, if not to add a few minutes to the run of the movie.

May people have complained about the ending as well but I find it fitting, if not totally surprising.

If you enjoy this movie, you will love 13 Tzameti as well as Red Room a gruesome japanese movie. You can also check out Vile and 13 Game of Death a Thai movie with a similar concept. And of course, the Agatha Christie classic Ten Little Indians.

My Rating: 6/10

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Origin: US

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