Cinema goers are currently enjoying an incredibly strong period for horror films. You only have to look at the success of the likes of Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ to see how well the genre is doing. Furthermore, the variety of quality horror sub-genre pictures is really spoiling us. Blumhouse Productions is largely responsible for many of the best horror films in recent years. However, they’ve also had their fair share of misfires and I think it’s safe to say that most had decided that their latest film, ‘Truth or Dare’, was one of these misfires, even before experiencing it for themselves.
With such a lazy, awful concept it was going to be hard for the film to gain any kind of credibility from the get go. Think 2016’s ‘Nerve’ mixed with the ‘Final Destination’ series and you’ve got ‘Truth or Dare’. More specifically the film follows a group of students who take a trip to Mexico and end up playing a game of truth or dare. Little to they know that this isn’t any old game of truth or dare but one that will now follow them wherever they go, forcing them to play along. It’s a poor card to be dealt for the young cast who are unlucky enough to star in the film. The performances fail to make this concept in any way believable but in reality I’m not sure that even the most established and experienced cast could have brought any plausibility to this picture.
However the most glaring flaw present in ‘Truth or Dare’ is the severe lack of any real horror. The film is never scary, nor is it even tense in any moment. Usually amongst horror cinema audiences there’s at least one particularly nervous viewer, often it’s me, who is almost guaranteed to let out a shriek at some point during the film – alas ‘Truth or Dare’ failed to evoke even that! Whoever decided that the over the top smiley face effect the game has on it’s player needed to be a main feature and the primary source of scares might need to watch their back. I’d hazard a guess that there are countless of other professionals much more qualified in this genre who could do a lot better with their position. Now don’t get me wrong it’s not a complete disaster, well I suppose it is but for a while it definitely falls into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category and I’ve a lot of time for that kind of shitty horror movie. Despite this though it can’t quite sustain this balance for it’s entire run time and does end up being just bad.
If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen all the scares the film has to offer. If your experience of watching said trailer was anything similar to my own I’m sure that it didn’t create much unease in you. In that way the trailer is actually a rather good representation of the movie, it’s truly devoid of any effective horror. There’s a small degree of fun to be had with ‘Truth or Dare’ but you’ll need to go in with lower expectations than the creative team behind the film as this could well be Blumhouse’s worst picture to date.
Written by Hamish Calvert
Rating – 2/10
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