This one ain’t no A Quiet Place.
The latest cheaply made horror film from the new masters of cheap made horror films, Blumhouse, came out this weekend. However, many of Blumhouse’s recent films, while cheap to produce and make, are not cheap in the area of filmmaking. On the poster for Truth or Dare, it tells you it comes from the producers of Get Out and Happy Death Day. Truth or Dare does not remotely come anywhere close to either of those two films in quality or entertainment value.
Well, there is entertainment to be had here, in the same manner that Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is entertaining. It falls into the “so bad it’s good” area and there is unintentional humor to be found here.
A group of college kids head to Mexico before graduation and wind up in an old broken down monastery playing a game of Truth and Dare. However, when they return to the States, they realize that there is a demon that is forcing them to continue playing the game with deadly consequences.
Where do I start? How about the funny faces that the kids make when the demon possesses them? It is perhaps the most laugh-inducing thing of the whole film. It looks like a poor man’s Joker face. Come on, that isn’t creepy. It is just laughable.
Then, none of these characters are worth cheering for. In fact, most of them are just horrible people. Even the film’s supposed heroine/protagonist Olivia (Lucy Hale), who tries to get out of the Spring Break trip by going to build houses for Habitat for Humanity, is shown in the end to be a selfish, lying schemer. What she does at the end of the film is simply impossible to believe and flies completely opposite of what this character was intended to be in the first act of the film.
When these characters die, there seems to have little to no effect on the others in their group. They keep saying that they have lost friends to this game, but they don’t look like they are upset. Plus, none of the deaths have any style to them. The film is rated PG-13 so the worst death we see is one of them stabbing a pencil into his/her eye, and even that is angled so you don’t really see anything. This film feels like a bad rip off of the Final Destination films without the creativity.
This is a bad film, but it can be funny so it is not a total waste of your time. Don’t see it in the theater though.