Truth or Dare is available in: English [Original] on Netflix USA
Truth or Dare
Eight college friends head to a "Haunted Rental" in a remote town for Halloween weekend. There, they play the game rumored to have caused the deaths of seven teenagers decades earlier, Truth or Dare. What starts out as vodka induced fun, quickly turns serious when the dares become sickeningly dangerous and the truths threaten to tear the group apart. When players attempt to refuse the increasingly challenging tasks, they're met with deadly consequences, quickly discovering: you must do the dare, or the dare does you. As the death toll mounts, the remaining players must race against the clock to outrun, outsmart and outlast the simple game of Truth or Dare.
A game of 'Truth or Dare' among college friends on spring break turns deadly when a demon seems determined to use it to kill them all.
RELEASED IN 2017 and directed by Nick Simon, “Truth or Dare” concerns eight college students who decide to party overnight at a house where several similar youths died under mysterious circumstances in 1983. Some kind of malevolent entity linked to the house forces them to play three rounds of ‘Truth or Dare,’ with each round upping the ante. Will any of them survive?
While “Truth or Dare” begins as a haunted house flick, it branches out after the first act. In other words, the youths aren’t stuck in the house the entire movie. This is good because a one-dimensional setting like that can be challenging to pull off for filmmakers, as well as tedious to sit through for viewers (but 2017’s “House of the Witch” surprisingly pulled off the challenge).
The first 15 minutes or so are kinda fun due to the party element, but things quickly take a dark, serious turn. The mostly no-name cast is effective with Cassie Scerbo standing out as the main protagonist. She’s not so no-name, of course, and the movie doesn’t fail to highlight her beauty (and I’m not tawkin’ ’bout nudity). Alexxis Lemire & Christina Masterson are also notable in the female department, as is Taylor Lyons in the prologue.
The story is deeper than it first appears, as an interesting psychological element is eventually introduced. If you like austere TV-budget horror akin to “House of the Witch” mixed with “From Within” (2008), you’ll appreciate “Truth or Dare,” but be forewarned: The second half becomes increasingly painful to watch due to the “Hostel”-like ‘dares’ the kids must face. These parts aren’t entertaining in the least, but they’re gripping. And the actors are convincing.
THE MOVIE RUNS about 89 minutes and was shot in the Eastern USA (no info on the exact town/state). WRITERS: Thommy Hutson & Ethan Lawrence. ADDITIONAL CAST: Heather Langenkamp from “A Nightmare on Elm Street” fame has a small role.