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. – Universal Pictures
Truth or Dare was directed by Jeff Wadlow and written by a ton of people, Michael Reisz, Jillian Jacobs, Chris Roach and Jeff Wadlow.
I really shouldn’t have liked this movie but I did. Based on the trailers I had zero expectations for Truth or Dare, so maybe that helped. I only agreed to see this because it was a Blumhouse Production and I dug the cast.
Truth or Dare is basically just another generic PG-13 horror teen movie. Aside from the original premise this is just like any other teen movie, a bunch of teens are doing stupid things telling each other hurtful things to survive and then get irrationally angry about it. For some reason horror movies think teens are stupid, sure some of them are but not all of them. Honestly this movie wasn’t even scary, it was more of a thriller, there were some dares that were very stressful. Mainly Truth or Dare relied on shock value and gore but you know what it worked, some of the deaths had me forgetting I was watching a PG-13 movie.
So, why’d I like the movie. I’m a sucker for black comedies and Truth or Dare felt like that to me. The characters themselves were mostly dicks but somewhat fleshed out dicks, with enough depth for me to kind of care about them. People would die horrible deaths and then a character would make a crass joke, call me morbid but that sort of stuff always gets me. This movie to me was far more funny than scary, I found there to be many laugh out loud moments.
The whole time I was watching this movie I was wondering how they were going to explain how a game of truth or dare could kill someone and shockingly I was very satisfied with how they explained it. The acting in this movie wasn’t anything special at all, a majority of the film was comprised of TV actors and actresses. I’m not saying that is a bad thing just making a statement. For one thing though I will say I loved Sam Lerner in the movie, he played Ronnie and he consistently made me laugh, easily my favorite character.
Truth or Dare is a half-witted attempt at a horror movie but if watch it as a comedy you might have a good time with it, I know I did.
I give Truth or Dare a 6 out of 10, might even watch again.
“Bad break. It’s a pool joke.”