By KIMBLEY BATES
Starring: Aurora Perrineau, Brady Smith, Morgan Lindholm, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sam Lerner, Sophia Taylor Ali, Gary Anthony Williams, Hayden Szeto, Landon Liboiron, Lucy Hale,Tyler Posey, Violett Beane
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Genre(s): Thriller, Horror
Runtime: 100 min
Summary: A harmless game of ‘Truth or Dare’ among friends turns deadly when someone -or something- begins to punish those who tell a lie-or refuse the dare.
The Story(Without Spoilers): Olivia (Lucy Hale) and Markie (Violett Beane) are college students and lifelong best friends staring down their last year of higher learning. After Markie does some convincing, the duo, along with a group of friends, heads off to Mexico for one final spring break blowout.
All hell literally breaks loose when the gang is coerced by mysterious stranger Carter (Landon Liboiron), to visit a haunted castle in the middle of the night. There, Carter suggests they play a game of Truth or Dare. After the game starts, things are never the same.
Horror?: With some gore few and far between, this mild horror film is more about suspense and jump scares than than it is being about slaughter. If you have a weak constitution, you will be scared occasionally, but its short lived. At times, Truth or Dare plays like a teen romance, with a love triangle dominating the plotline. Personally, I find it weirdly amusing when the demon possesses people and does that distinctive smile/facial contortions.
Overall: This is a PG-13 teen horror flick that shows a lot of young adults being killed. It’s goal is just to provide mindless, violent entertainment for a couple hours, and it serves its purpose well. The movie also keeps you guessing as to who meets the chopping block. If you have seen the trailer, then the movie is exactly what you would expect it to be. Appropriate to the targeted audience, the theaters were filled with, the majority, of young teenage girls. As such, the film was directed in a way that suited them. Regardless, if you’re looking for the next movie to make you tense up in your seat from fear, stay far away from here. Although if you want a film you can constantly get a laugh from, Truth or Dare may be right up your alley.