The only horror in ‘Truth or Dare’ is having to watch it

The only horror in Truth or Dare is having to watch it

“Truth or Dare” is another C-list horror film to come out of Blumhouse Production. The film follows a group of college students who, while an a spring break to Mexico, unleash an ancient evil that forces them to play it’s twisted game, or face deadly consequences.


Blumhouse Productions has really corned a market niche, low-budget and low-effort horror films made quickly that all seem to still make profit. Whenever a film like “Happy Death Day” or “Ouija: Origin of Evil” comes out, it’s always from Blumhouse. Occasionally a film like “Get Out” will come through Blumhouse, but that’s only when a project has a talented passionate director, and films like that are a dime a dozen.

These films are the laziest poorly made films in mainstream theaters today, and “Truth or Dare” is no exception. “Truth or Dare” is directed by Jeff Wadlow, who directed such hits as “True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” a film with the rare 0% Rotten Tomatoes score, as well as both “Kick-Ass 2” and “Cry Wolf,” both of which are held in very low regard.

The good thing about a director like Jeff Wadlow is that he has directorial experience, which occasionally shows through with some decent shots. The opening is a montage done entirely through Snapchat, which manages to work well considering the early theme of “kids on spring break.”

There’s also some transitioning shots used later in the film that are visually interesting as well. Besides a few scenes mentioned, the rest of the film uses the same two techniques. Shot reverse shot, going back and forth between two characters faces while they talk, or a wide shot when there are multiple characters on screen. There’s no attempt to make anything visually stimulating in the entire film.

Despite being a “horror” film, there is actually nothing to be afraid of in “Truth or Dare.” Wadlow constantly employs the “fake jumpscare” trope of having some character turn around to a big noise, but it just a friend, or the “enemy rising behind” trope where there’s some figure the audience can see but not the protagonist.

The actual “monster” of the film is the most unintentionally goofy looking villian in modern horror films. Characters and bystanders are occasionally possessed by a demon over the course of “Truth or Dare,” but the effect used looks like a Snapchat filter of a big dumb smile and glowing red eyes on whoever is currently being possessed. It’s laughably bad and removes all chances from “Truth or Dare” being taken seriously.

The film’s plot is very characteristically Blumhouse. The average Blumhouse film is the exact same to the other, while the situation may change the stories are largely exact beat by beat. The dialog writing is very heavy handed and stiff. If a character’s not depositing exposition they’re delivering awkward unrealistic dialogue. The best thing to be said about the acting is that sometimes a few lines are so poor that it’s unintentionally comedic, which is always a treat.

“Truth or Dare” is a film without any real positive qualities to it. There’s no aspect of this film that is enjoyable or worth watching, except some few scenes that are ironically amusing due to the film’s poor quality. The film wasn’t painfully bad, but it certainly was not good. Horror movie fans, I recommend you look elsewhere.

“Truth or Dare” has a runtime of one hour forty minutes, and is rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing content.