Truth or Dare
Olivia, Lucas and a group of their college friends travel to Mexico for one last getaway before graduation. While there, a stranger convinces one of the students to play a seemingly harmless game of truth or dare with the others. Once the game starts, it awakens something evil; a demon which forces the friends to share dark secrets and confront their deepest fears. The rules are simple but wicked – tell the truth or die, do the dare or die, and if you stop playing, you die.
The story behind Truth or Dare is really not much different than any other horrific tale involving a group of sexy, young and very snotty 20 something-year-olds. You know, the ones that always end up doing stupid shit to unleash evil on mankind. In this tale, they’re all gathered around to play the kids game truth or dare, while sitting in some abandoned and creepy ruins of a Mexican monastery, when inadvertently they unleash the beast only to have it slice and dice it’s way with them until most are dead. What we have here now is a very pissed off demon that decides to take over the game, possessing it and making them all play the game forever, and if they refuse or fail in some way, they die. You would not believe the hellish truths and secrets to behold a person until it is forced out of them. Completing the deadly dares ultimately lead to some very gruesome deaths.
After meeting a strange man, who introduced himself as Carter, at a club, the group gets invited for drinks and to play a game of Truth or Dare. Lucas, one of the friends in the group is dared to strip naked, two girls are dared to kiss by Ronnie, while one of Olivia’s secrets gets brought out. She’s secretly in love with her best friend Markie’s boyfriend, Lucas. Still, it’s a fun game, which started out innocently enough, but soon after, Carter ends up revealing his true intentions of passing a curse that’s been put on the game over to Olivia and her friends so that he can survive. As he’s about to leave, he confesses to Olivia that the game will follow them and that they must not refuse it. By doing so will mean death.
After they return from Mexica, one of the friends dies when he refused to complete a dare. Panicked, Olivia gathers them all back together and tries to convince them that the game was real and that they have to keep playing in the correct order that they were at the old missionary. Still skeptical, one of the boys lies after he is forced to tell a truth. It just never ends, the game that is, until they meet up with another player of the game in a separate instance and all hell breaks loose after that.
It reminds me a lot of the 2014 film titled ‘It Follows’ but ‘Truth or Dare’ hardly has the punch it had. Director Jeff Wadlow is no beginner when it comes to horror, heavy-handed brutal violence or R-rated humor. The Truth or Dare demon communicates through illusions of creepy as hell, Joker-like smiles, minus the face slits, that possesses its unfortunate players to kill them in a sort of watered down Final Destination style. We see our victims lit cruelly on fire, accidental neck breaks, eye gauges, self-inflicted gunshot wounds, and an off-screen slit throat. If that doesn’t sound very impressive, it’s because it isn’t.
The movie does have some creepy moments, including when the demon temporarily possesses a person and gives them that scary joker-facial appearance. The movie did very well in showing the characters’ emotions as they start to lose their friends to the game despite trying their best to avoid bad results. I’m not completely sure how they intended to wrap things up in this movie, and I can’t say that I felt entirely pleased with the ending at all, but Blumhouse’s ‘Truth or Dare’ did manage to hold my attention and make me feel sorry for the characters trapped in such a deadly game. Go see it and tell us what you thought. Leave your comment below!
Title: Truth or Dare
Release Date: April 13, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime
Studio: Universal Pictures
Starring: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Directors: Jeff Wadlow
Reviewed by: Kathryn Price
Our Rating: 3.0 /5
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