Truth or Dare – USA, 2017

‘Do the dare or the dare does you’

Truth or Dare is a 2017 American horror feature film directed by Nick Simon (Karma; 2 Lava 2 Lantula!; The Girl in the Photographs) from a screenplay by Thommy Hutson and Ethan Lawrence. The movie stars Cassie Scerbo, Luke Baines and Mason Dye. Heather Langenkamp has a cameo role.

Eight college friends head to a “Haunted Rental” in a remote town for Halloween weekend. There, they play the game rumoured to have caused the deaths of seven teenagers decades earlier, Truth or Dare.

What starts out as vodka-induced fun, quickly turns serious when the dares become sickeningly dangerous and the truths threaten to tear the group apart. When players attempt to refuse the increasingly challenging tasks, they’re met with deadly consequences, quickly discovering: you must do the dare, or the dare does you.

As the death toll mounts, the remaining players must race against the clock to outrun, outsmart and outlast the simple game of Truth or Dare…

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

Truth or Dare does evoke shades of Hostel and Final Destination, though its surrounding story and style are so serious, violence reads as oppressively bleak. If ever a fright film needed a thick dollop of dark comedy or slick sarcasm to aerate the taste of its gore, this is it. More disgusting than wickedly fun, the movie has a mean streak intention to put its characters through one Hell of a wringer without explaining why they deserve such gruesome deaths.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“In terms of the kills, Truth or Dare had some really creative ways to bring about bloodshed and carnage. Whether it was eating someone’s skin or hacking off limbs, there was no shortage of pain and destruction that this group of friends faced. What’s even better is that the majority of the slayings were done with practical effects, which I greatly appreciated.” Shannon McGrew, Fansided

Truth or Dare is a fun horror movie that turns into a brutal film. It straddles a weird line between slumber party movie and torture p*rn, but it works in that area. I’d like to see this turned into a franchise but Syfy seems to focus more on creature features than this type of horror. But one can always hope.” Video Vandals

Release:

Originally aired on the Syfy channel, Truth or Dare is released on DVD in the USA by Cinedigm on September 4, 2018.

Trivia:

This film should not be confused with Truth or Dare (2018), Truth or Dare (2013) or Truth or Dare? A Critical Madness (1986).

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