By: Oberst Von Berauscht (Four Beers) –
Olivia is a do-gooder who wants to spend spring break fixing houses for Habitat for Humanity. But her BFF Markie wants Olivia to go to Mexico with all their roommates instead. So she does what any best friend would do; tells Habitat for Humanity that Olivia has the shingles, so they can get drunk and party on the beach… sorry poverty, Spring Break fo-evah!
Your Spring Break results may vary…
On the last day of their trip, Olivia meets a guy at a bar who tells her he has a cool place for her and her friends to gather; An old and creepy church that couldn’t possibly be cursed. And when he convinces them to play a few rounds of Truth or Dare, he divulges upon his turn that he lured them there to play the game, because it is cursed, and he has to pass it on. The game/curse is simple, you must play Truth or Dare, and if you refuse to play, you die.
Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare is the latest in a long-running line of Jason Blum-produced low-budget horror films made just cheap enough that they can’t possibly lose money. Whereas Get Out or Happy Death Day succeeded on their crazy premise through clever writing and direction, TorD succeeds because it is just too stupid for audiences to ignore. For the most part, director Jeff Wadlow relishes in the fun by presenting increasingly silly ways for the stakes of the Truth or Dare game to increase.
Every time the demon-thing that possesses the Truth or Dare game appears, it makes the person it is speaking through look like a shitty instagram filter. If this was supposed to be genuinely menacing, it fails completely. But damn does it never get old to laugh at.
Sadly, as the film progresses, more and more exposition gets in the way of the fun. The movie clocks in at an hour and 40 minutes, and could easily have had a half hour cut out. We don’t need to know the origin of the demon. We don’t need to know who started curse that started the game. All this movie needs is more and more scenes of people daring each other to do stupid things or hurting each other’s teen-feelings with truth-telling drama. Fortunately when the film does get back to the Truth or Dare game, it is copiously entertaining, if mind-numbingly dumb.
The film also attempts some moments of self-seriousness that make me wonder whether the filmmakers actually thought this was going to be scary. Make no mistake, this is a comedy about a group of horrible people who get themselves into some demon trouble.
Truth or Dare falls just short of being terrible enough to be memorable fun-bad, but has moments of pure filmmaking stupidity that it are enough for a few good laughs.
Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare (2018) Drinking Game
Take a Drink: whenever a character drinks
Take a Drink: every time “Truth or Dare” is said
Take a Drink: whenever the rules of Truth or Dare are broken for plot convenience
Do a Shot: for the body count