Film Review: Truth or Dare

Director and co-writer Jeff Wadlow’s Truth or Dare is silly horror fare. Whilst the film is sufficiently entertaining, it fails to generate the scares.

Olivia and her friends take a trip to Mexico for spring break. Whilst there, they are invited to play a game of truth or dare. The game turns deadly, however, when it follows them home…

The latest horror from Blumhouse Productions, Truth or Dare is unlikely to reach the heights of Get Out or Whiplash. Directed by Jeff Wadlow, with a screenplay by Wadlow, Michael Reisz, Jillian Jacobs, and Christopher Roach, the film offers an enticing premise for fans of teen horror. The idea of a cursed game with deadly consequences gives plenty of opportunities for scares and fun set pieces.

Despite the premise, Truth or Dare never really makes the most of these prospects. There are a couple of set ups which engage viewers, yet none of these are particularly memorable. Furthermore, the sequences fail to generate any terror. Whilst playing up set pieces can be a successful strategy, Wadlow does not ramp up the tension sufficiently. Truth or Dare could have emulated the Final Destination franchise’s penchant for teasing viewers with a big lead up to a gory demise. Yet the death toll grows swiftly, and these deaths lack tension or the shock value.

The main characters are given a little backstory, but this does not make them particularly likeable or sympathetic. As a reason for the curse is explored, exposition is delivered in a leaden manner. Pacing in the film is fine, although the lack of tension makes for a less than dramatic final third. The very end of the film eschews the ending expected, and Truth or Dare should be applauded for this. The gimmick of the changing faces is fine, but the film needed more than this to generate fear.

Performances in the film are adequate, with Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey and others looking the part, even if the script is lacking. At times, Truth or Dare generates laughs instead of screams. Although the film is never boring, it is very forgettable.

Previews: The Grinch Trailer, Tully, More!

Lots of film-related goodness in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including The Grinch trailer, The Strangers: Prey at Night, Tully and more…

The Grinch Trailer

Here is the new The Grinch trailer. The upcoming animation is the latest adaptation of the Dr Seuss’ classic. The 2000 live-action film How The Grinch Stole Christmas was one of the highest grossing movies of its year, so it will be interesting to see how this new version fares. Featuring the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, The Grinch will be released in UK cinemas on 9th November 2018.

The Strangers: Prey at Night Trailer

This trailer for The Strangers: Prey at Night reveals little about the plot but a lot of the genre. The film is about a family holiday that goes wrong with the arrival of some strangers. The horror movie stars Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson. The Strangers: Prey at Night will hit UK screens on 4th May 2018.

Tully Trailer

Above is the second trailer for Tully. The film sees director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody reunite with star Charlize Theron, following 2011’s brilliant Young Adult. The film is about a mother of three young children who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Also starring Mackenzie Davis and Mark Duplass, Tully will be released on 20th April 2018.

Truth or Dare Trailer

The latest film from producer Jason Blum is based on that time-honoured party game. Truth or Dare is about a group of friends who must play the game, with horrendous consequences. The film stars Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey. Truth or Dare is set for release in UK cinemas on 13th April 2018.

Love, Simon Clip

Above is a clip from the upcoming Love, Simon. It gives a pretty succinct introduction to the title character in the film, which is based on the novel of the same name. The film stars Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, and Josh Duhamel. Love, Simon is out at UK cinemas on 6th April 2018.