Would You Rather (film)

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Would You Rather
Directed byDavid Guy Levy
Produced byZak Kilberg
Maura Anderson
David Guy Levy
Written bySteffen Schlachtenhaufen
StarringBrittany Snow
Sasha Grey
Jeffrey Combs
John Heard
Logan Miller
Robb Wells
Release dates
  • October 14, 2012 (2012-10-14)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Would You Rather
Directed byDavid Guy Levy
Produced byZak Kilberg
Maura Anderson
David Guy Levy
Written bySteffen Schlachtenhaufen
StarringBrittany Snow
Sasha Grey
Jeffrey Combs
John Heard
Logan Miller
Robb Wells
Release dates
  • October 14, 2012 (2012-10-14)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Would You Rather is a 2012 American horror film based on the party game "Would You Rather".

Plot[edit]

Raleigh (Logan Miller) has leukemia, and he and sister Iris (Brittany Snow) cannot afford to pay for treatment. They are introduced to a seemingly philanthropic billionaire named Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs), who offers them a deal: if Iris competes and wins in a game, his charitable foundation will pay for Raleigh's treatment and find her a bone marrow donor.

Iris arrives at the Lambrick House, meeting up with Shepard and his son, Julian. Among the other contestants are Lucas (Enver Gjokaj); Travis (Charlie Hofheimer), a war veteran; Amy (Sasha Grey), a woman who lost her daughter at the hands of her husband; Linda (June Squibb), an elderly woman paralyzed in a wheelchair; Peter (Robb Wells), a man who had a serious gambling problem; Cal (Eddie Steeples) and Conway (John Heard), a man who had a drinking problem and was plunged into debt. When Iris arrives, they begin the dinner party.

Iris points out she's a vegetarian after it was revealed that they will be serving meat. Shepard offers $10,000 if she eats the meat, which Iris accepts. After pouring wine for his guests, Conway tells Shepard that he doesn't drink. Shepard offers him $10,000 for drinking a glass of wine, or $50,000 for drinking a canteen of Scotch. Conway accepts the $50,000 and drinks the scotch.

After dinner ends, the game starts. It is a deadly version of the popular party game, "Would You Rather?" Shepard offers his guests the chance to leave, but no one does. Bevans (Jonny Coyne), Shepard's butler, comes in with an electric shock machine with two wired headbands, which are placed on Cal and Amy. Conway attempts to escape but is shot by Bevans. In Round One, one of the players wearing a headband is given a buzzer with two buttons: one button is a self-inflicted shock, and the second delivers a shock to the other player. After the group goes around making tough decisions, they finally end the round with everyone surviving.

The second round begins. Iris is given the choice of stabbing someone in the thigh with an icepick, or whipping Travis three times with a sjambok. Travis tells Iris to whip him as he does not want to see someone else get stabbed. Lucas also chooses to whip Travis. Then, when it is Travis's turn, he has the choice of stabbing Lucas or letting Bevans whip him. Travis once again chooses to be whipped.

The dilemma then travels to Peter, who can stab Linda or whip Travis again, most likely leading to his death. Peter tells Linda that they have to work together, and that another beating will kill Travis. Peter stabs Linda in the leg, attempting to not hit a major vein, but fails, leading to Linda's death. As the turn heads to Amy, she chooses to stab Iris. The turn goes to Cal, who agrees with Amy when she said the game was about survival. He whips Travis, most likely killing him (though Bevans said that he may survive for several hours or days.)

The group attempts to run away. Iris is able to escape from the dining room, but Cal is shot and killed while the other three survivors are forced to stay at the dinner table. Iris attempts to escape through the basement, but is stopped by Julian who tries to rape her. Iris manages to stab him in the leg with the icepick and punches him, but Bevans arrives and takes Iris back to the table for the third round.

The third round begins, which involves making a decision between the known and the unknown. The known requires one to have their head held in a barrel of water for two minutes. The unknown carries an unknown fate, in the form of a card: it can be deadly or it can be relatively harmless. Peter goes first, and after contemplating, chooses the card. After opening it to see his fate, Peter is forced to light a firecracker and blow his hand off. Peter reluctantly complies, but dies as a result of a Heart attack. The turn goes to Lucas, who is forced to slit open his eye with a Razor blade. Lucas manages to do it in a split second after contemplating about what to do. Iris chooses to challenge the barrel, and manages to survive the two minutes. It is later revealed that Iris would have had all her teeth pulled out if she had chosen the card. Amy decides to go with the card, but the card reveals that she has to spend four minutes in the barrel. Amy is unable to hold her breath and drowns.

The fourth round starts, with only Iris and Lucas left. Iris has the choice of sparing Lucas, and letting the two of them leave empty handed, or she has the choice of killing Lucas with a Duelling pistol and taking the money to save her brother's life. Lucas attempts to talk Iris into sparing him, and begins to tell her why he came into the competition. Midway through explaining, Iris shoots Lucas in the chest, killing him. Iris takes the money and heads home.

Iris finds Raleigh on his bed. She thinks he is sleeping and continues to wash the blood off of herself, and on further observation, she finds that Raleigh has committed suicide by overdosing on his Medication. The film ends with Iris grieving over her brother's corpse, screaming "What did you do?!". [1]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was directed by David Guy Levy. It stars Brittany Snow and Logan Miller as Iris and Raleigh, an orphaned brother and sister in financial difficulty and Jeffrey Combs as Shepard Lambrick, a wealthy man who runs a charitable foundation.[2] The film's shooting began in July 2011.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turek, Ryan. "Sasha Grey, Brittany Snow & Jeffrey Combs Play a Game of Would You Rather". Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Would You Rather". IMDB. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Details On New Sasha Grey Film, Would You Rather". Retrieved 1 February 2012. 

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