“It’s just like life, isn’t it? No do-overs”
- Title: Would You Rather
- Director: David Guy Levy
- Release date: 14th October 2012
Would You Rather, a psychological horror which hasn’t received the justice it deserves.
Streaming now on Netflix, Would You Rather is a horror/thriller starring Brittany Snow (known for her roles in Hairspray and Pitch Perfect). In the film, she plays the main protagonist, Iris. A twenty-something young woman looking after her sick younger brother Raleigh. Called to her doctor’s office for some advice on lowering her brother’s medical costs, she is invited to a “dinner party” hosted by philanthropist Shepard Lambrick in which she will play a “simple” game of would you rather where the winner will have all of their financial and medical burdens lifted.
What Iris doesn’t know is that upon accepting this invitation, she will encounter the worst night of her life…
Filled with sadistic tortures and a gripping storyline, Would You Rather is undoubtably a film to add to your watch list. Premiering at the 2012 Screamfest, David Guy Levy did a brilliant job bringing this film to the screen. With a new and intriguing turn of events which I haven’t seen in any other horror/thriller to date and a dark plot twist ending which nobody was expecting, if you’re a sucker for a thriller then this one is for you! With a bleak colour palette and torture ideas, even someone with the darkest mind couldn’t come up with. You have to see it to believe it. As well as the cinematography, the acting was also superb. With a fairly unknown cast, each actor does exceptionally well in their respected roles. A shoutout has to go to June Squibb who played poor, sweet Linda, as she REALLY did have to take one for the team (once you watch it you will certainly understand!). Besides the numerous amounts of blood and gore, what I think Levy was trying to get across to his audience is that when desperate, people will go to ANY extent to improve their own situation, regardless of the consequences…
After watching the film for the third time before writing this review, I was surprised to realise just how unknown this film seems to be. When thinking more about it, I’ve heard and seen very little about the film online, and only stumbled across it myself when flicking through the reel of movies on Netflix. After realising this, I thought I should do a review on it to tell people about just how good it is.
Hopefully, I have done enough to convince you to give it a watch and if you have already seen it then feel free to comment your thoughts below.
But if you have seen it and didn’t like it, I suggest you keep that to yourself. Like Lambrick said “It’s just like life, isn’t it? No do-overs”.