Would You Rather? (2012)
Written by: Steffen Schlachtenhaufen
Directed by: David Guy Levy
Starring: Brittany Snow, June Squibb, and Jeffrey Combs
Reviewed by: Matt Kenary
Would you rather continue reading this exquisite, almost genius, movie review or would you rather be doused with gasoline, set on fire, and thrown off the largest bridge in the State? Oh, I think you get the gist. Man has been fascinated with putting his fellow persons into the most inhumane situations; Who out there never watched Fear Factor, glued to the screen as somebody devours boiled bull testicles? Just look at the hugely popular “Saw” series, where people are put in elaborate contraptions and given a certain time to find a key (which is usually inside his/hers own body) before becoming bodily dismantled. Well “Would You Rather” follows somewhat in that same tradition.
Poor Iris (Brittany Snow) has returned home after the horrible deaths of her parents to take care of her dying brother, who is in desperate need of a bone marrow transfusion. The problem is, Iris is not a matching donor and she can’t seem to get a job. Enter Mr. Shepard Lambrick (Jeffery Combs), who offers to take care of all of Iris’ medical bills, pay off her loans and parents debt, and put her brother on the top of the donor waiting list and all she has to do is come to a dinner and play a sort of parlor game. Iris agrees and she, along with 7 other clique ridden and money hungry characters, show up for the game. But this is no ordinary game, it is a deadly, maiming game of “Would you rather?” hosted by the twisted Mr. Lambrick. The winner takes the prize and the losers get “eliminated”, if you know what I mean.
Not a bad little film here, it tries to be somewhat of a character study of sorts. There are no real surprises here, the last scene is suppose to be the shocker but you should’ve seen it coming for a half a mile or more. The real draw to the movie is, of course, the tension of the game and the wild, but gruesome results. Don’t expect big budget decapitations and such, the filmmakers used what they had and pull off what they needed to. The second main attraction, the only real reason I watched this movie to begin with, is Jeffery Combs (Re-Animator), who always gives a quirky performance and somewhat carries this film on his shoulders. You won’t see this movie in any Oscar categories but it’s short, entertaining and at times brutal. But then again, what would you rather be watching? I give this movie 1 guy out of 3.