Truth or Dare (2018)
By Fatal Follower
Olivia, Lucas and a group of their college friends travel to Mexico for one last getaway before graduation. While there, a stranger convinces one of the students to play a seemingly harmless game of truth or dare with the others. Once the game starts, it awakens something evil -- a demon which forces the friends to share dark secrets and confront their deepest fears. The rules are simple but wicked -- tell the truth or die, do the dare or die, and if you stop playing, you die.
Caught this one for a matinee, and I’m glad I did, gonna go with a BIG NAY on this one. I caught a few reviews, but I always try to check out movies for myself, as I’ve found some gems in what others call trash. I would safely say this movie is trash, and I usually try to find some entertainment out of most horror movies. Not this one.
More or less, the group gets duped into playing Truth or Dare, they come back from Mexico and the “demon” forces them to play...or die. Two big problems
1)-> It’s PG13, and while I enjoy that rating for some horror movies, it didn’t work for this one as the kills could have been more interesting...instead you get cut aways right when the death happens. If it could have gone more Final Destination, and really brought the gore...MAYBE it could have salvaged some interest.
2)-> The only time you “see” the demon is through other people, with the creepy grin. At points the grin is creepy, but for the most part it looks kinda silly, especially since you don’t get to see the said demon that is possessing them at all in the movie. I was expecting to at least see it at the end, but nothing, you just hear the voice. Wasted opportunity. Again a creature/ demon to at least give some sort of visual would have been a step up, but another wasted idea.
After the group continues to go from person to person revealing their drama and having to do the dares, they dwindle down to a few that have to try and outsmart the demon, which takes them to a small town in Mexico to visit someone that is connected to the game. The interesting thing about the movie is the theory of how it started as a game, but it certainly couldn’t save this one, it wasn’t enough.
The climax tries something new,it gives a couple “final girls”, but at that point it’s such a selfish way to win the game and survive you won’t care. It’s an ending you have seen before in better movies.
I can’t tell you NOT to watch...but I can DARE you not to!