Truth or Dare – USA, 2018

‘The producer of Happy Death Day and Get Out invites you to play’

Truth or Dare is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Jeff Wadlow (Cry_Wolf) from a screenplay co-written with Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs. The trio crafted the story with Michael Reisz. Jason Blum (Get OutInsidious; Paranormal Activity) produced the movie.

The film stars Lucy Hale (Scream 4; Fear Island) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) as players in “a harmless game of ‘Truth or Dare’ among friends that turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare.” It co-stars Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk, Hayden Szeto and Sophia Taylor Ali.

Reviews:

as a high-concept pop-horror film, it’s fun enough for the right audience – namely, teenagers, or adults who aren’t paying especially close attention. Conversely, the failings of Truth or Dare aren’t in its focus (as characters or an audience) on teens and young twenty somethings…” Todd Gilchrist, Bloody Disgusting

“Its success is assured simply due to obvious budgetary limitations, but Wadlow has nothing to offer his picture, which is a chore to sit through, delivering an insipid story, overly emphatic performances, and complete lack of scares, playing to pushover crowds with the weakest production effort possible.” Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

” …fairly slick in execution, even though the majority of the visual effects look exactly like a “messed up Snapchat filter”, and it’s kinda fun to watch the characters getting killed, as those are either unlikable irritating, but the further it goes, the lamer and more ludicrous it gets…” CineMarvellous

Truth or Dare locks into cruise control before the key turns in the ignition. Lucy Hale capably leads an attractive cast, the silly story has enough implausible imagination to be entertaining (how hilarious is it that this supernatural spirit’s endgame involves injecting ten Lifetime movies worth of soap opera drama into some unimportant relationships?), and straightforward directing ropes it all together with a tightly tied lasso.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

” …Truth or Dare seems to have very little (if any) self-awareness about the irritating narcissism of its characters, nor much of a sense of humor about their grim fates. It mostly just goes through the basic horror-movie motions, throwing a bunch of pretty young people into supernatural danger and picking them off one by one.” Josh Bell, Film Racket

“Even most of the death scenes feel rushed, highlighting the PG-13 rating that the film has secured, and one does miss the Grand Guignol extravagance of the Final Destination franchise. Still, the director, Jeff Wadlow, has a puppyish eagerness to impress, shock and entertain and as silly as the film might get, it’s never dull.” Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

“Yes, truth or dare, that is the question. Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous Final Destination knock-offs or rise up against a sea of dubious franchises, yet they will never end, even by opposing them. In fact, I’m ashamed to say I would probably watch Truth or Dare 2, because this first round is such an unruly spectacle of a train wreck.” Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins

” …the joke is on our heroes, but this time, every cruel punchline is seemingly pulled at the last minute. We’re supposed to like these victims, not gasp in horror and delight when they’re compelled to die campy—but bloodless!—deaths by an evil game you play when you’re kinda bored and kinda hormonal, but not imaginative or bold enough to do much about it.” Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

Truth or Dare is a big miss for terror gurus Blumhouse Productions. It fails to elicit the scares it wants to but instead leaves all the pretty people overacting their way through a pretty dumb horror-film construct. I’m honestly not too surprised this film doesn’t work because even from the trailer, you can see how the premise isn’t a very strong one.” Kit Bowen, We Live Entertainment

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