Excerpt: Iris (Brittany Snow) is struggling. Between the bills left behind by her late mother and father, and the bills racking up for her brother's medication and while he waits for a kidney transplant, she's stretched as thin as it gets. One day, she drops in to see Dr. Barden (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.), her brother's physician, and another man is there with an offer for her.
Conclusion: Would You Rather has pretensions to escape the torture-porn tag, and it nearly does it, with a psychological thought experiment of a premise that's smarter than the genre's usual setups. Poor character developments holds the film back—and the ending goes one step further than necessary to leave us feeling uneasy—but this is still a fun low-budget horror experiment, led Jeffrey Combs' alternately campy and terrifying performance.
Excerpt: Desperate to earn money to care for her ill brother, Iris (Brittany Snow, Pitch Perfect ) accepts an offer to attend a dinner at the home of the wealthy Shepard Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs, The Frighteners ) where she and the other guests are promised the opportunity to win large sums of money by participating in a game.
Excerpt: Would You Rather has one major asset in an appropriately gothic, larger-than-life performance by Jeffrey Combs, the great, chameleon-like character actor best known for playing a mad scientist in Re-Animator . Combs devours copious scenery as a demented, power-mad Falstaffian figure who gets his sick kicks forcing desperate people to commit crimes against each other as part of a tortured family tradition of sadism and degradation.