By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
The truth is that Truth or Dare,
the new move from director Jeff Wadlow ("Kick-Ass 2" and TV's "The Strain"), has some intense and squeamish moments, but not nearly enough to make it a bona fide and scary horror flick. That's somewhat surprising, since the low-budget movie is from Blumhouse Productions whose other thrillers include "Get Out" and "Split."
In "Truth or Dare," a group of college friends head to Mexico for spring break. Things take a very weird turn when Carter (Landon Liboiron, TV's "Frontier") invites the group to an old, deserted mission to play the titular game.
Much of their woes occur when they get back to California. In hindsight, Olivia (Lucy Hale, TV's "Pretty Little Liars" and "Life Sentence") probably wishes she'd never agreed to go along and stayed to work on her Habitat for Humanity project. The only reason Olivia decided to hang out with them was because her friend, Violett (Markie Carmen, TV's "The Resident") secretly cancelled her meeting with the organization.
Now that stupid game--which is most always played while consuming tons of alcohol-- has Markie's boyfriend Lucas (Tyler Posey: TV's "Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors"), their buddies Penelope (Sophia Taylor Ali, TV's "Grey's Anatomy"), Tyson (Nolan Gerard Funk: TV's "Counterpart"), Ronnie (Sam Lerner, TV's "The Goldbergs"), and Brad (Hayden Szeto: "The Edge of Seventeen" and TV's "Arrested Development") confronting some demonic type life or death situations that they can't control.
At any given moment, an evil spirit takes over which causes them to look like a cartoonish version of "The Joker." They're soon challenged to the game. Of course, if they refuse to take on the truth or dare, they die usually in spectacular fashion.
"Truth or Dare" doesn't elevate the teen horror genre much at all. It's only mildly entertaining. If you're looking for something creepy and scary go see "A Quiet Place" instead.
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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics' Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.