Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Would You Rather (2012)

Starring: Brittany Snow, Enver Gjokaj, and Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

Homicidal Maniac: Jeffrey Combs as Shepard Lambrick

Run time: 1:33:00

Quick Synopsis: A rich guy hosts a game of "Would You Rather" to a group of individuals with a dire need of money or other forms of help.

Review: Would You Rather is a pretty simple movie but sometimes that is all you need.  This film is similar to many of the films that tried to use the popularity of the Saw series to gain success, except for the fact that this one is actually good.  There really is nothing overly original within the movie but it doesn't have that cliched feel.  Jeffrey Combs really sticks out as the main antagonist in the film.  His nonchalant attitude really adds something different to similar roles of sadistic villains.  The rest of the cast is not really asked to do much, but they definitely do enough with what was required of them.  Like I explained earlier the plot is pretty basic, a group of people are forced to do sadistic tasks until one remains, but it does make for an interesting and relatively fast-paced 90 minutes.  
The movie's final scene is a pretty awful and unnecessary attempt to be clever with a "surprise ending."  It honestly knocked down my rating just out of pure annoyance.  Still there are worse ways to spend an hour and a half than watching this awful horror movie.  

Fun Fact:  Robin Lord Taylor, who has seen a breakthrough as Penguin in Gotham, plays a minor role in the film.  If that doesn't do much for you, D'Angelo Barksdale and former pornstar are also in the film.

Hidden Gem:  The film definitely needed a better editor for its credits.  The end credits accidentally have the character Travis listed twice.  The second time is supposed to be Lucas.  They also misspelled the name of the production company during the opening credits.

Total Kill Count: 9
Conway- John Heard (34:00) Shot in the Head Gore Rating: 5
Linda- June Squibb (58:00) Stabbed in Artery Gore Rating: 7
Travis- Charlie Hofheimer (1:00:00) Whipped Unconscious/Killed Offscreen Gore Rating: 7
Cal- Eddie Steeples (1:02:00) Shot in Chest Gore Rating: 4
Dr. Barden- Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (1:05:00) Shot in Head Gore Rating: 5
Peter- Robb Wells (1:14:00) Heart Attack After Hand Explodes Gore Rating: 7
Amy- Sasha Grey (1:22:00) Drowns Gore Rating: 0
Lucas- Enver Gjokaj (1:26:00) Shot Gore Rating: 5
Raleigh- Logan Miller (1:30:00) Suicide Gore Rating: 0

             Horror Film: 6
             Entertainment: 7
             Gore: 7
             Overall: 6.5