Truth or Dare
Genre: Thriller, Paranormal (R for Gore)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
My review: 4/5 stars (I more than liked it)
One word to describe this movie – Haunting
The story in 20 words or less – Eight college friends go to a haunted rental house which has a history of people dying after playing truth or dare.
What I thought – The movie starts with the 1983 deaths, and a mirrored message “pour acid on your head.” When it cuts to present day, eight college friends are seen on their journey to the house. I give credit to the movie for getting straight to the point. Within the first 15 minutes, they have started playing and something is amiss when no one admits to writing what is visible on the cards. Then, there’s the usual escape, the shouting and the realisation that the paranormal is more superior. Nothing different here.
As they are about to finish, one friend dies and they go to a hospital. Police meet with them and they go back to campus where they realise that the game hasn’t finished with them yet. They meet the only survivor from 1983 and they decide to go back to the house. For any horror fan, you’re going to like this because the survivor Donna Boone is played by Heather Langenkamp.
This is where the gore starts. When only 3 of them are left, they realise the game is killing them based on their fears.
In general, the movie was better than most tv paranormal movies. The acting could have been better and the plot itself stronger. There wasn’t much to it other than a truth or dare game gone wrong. You have the usual cliche characters, the teenage screaming. What I did like was the originality of the plot. For a lot of the paranormal material that has been covered, truth or dare hasn’t been the centre of it. The ending is left open for suggestions which leads me to think that there is either a sequel, the sequel is going to develop a bigger role for ‘Donna Boone’ or it is connected to Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare.
Why you should watch this movie – It’s more than a decent movie to watch on a rainy day or when you want to stay in. If you like a straightforward story with an untwisted plot, you will definitely like Truth or Dare.