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Truth or Dare (2018)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 13 April 2018 (USA)
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A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone -- or something -- begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.

Director:

Jeff Wadlow

Writers:

Michael Reisz (screenplay by), Jillian Jacobs (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Hale ... Olivia Barron
Tyler Posey ... Lucas Moreno
Violett Beane ... Markie Cameron
Hayden Szeto ... Brad Chang
Sophia Ali ... Penelope Amari
Nolan Gerard Funk ... Tyson Curran
Landon Liboiron ... Carter / Sam Meehan
Sam Lerner ... Ronald 'Ronnie' Wakowski
Tom Choi ... Officer Han Chang
Aurora Perrineau ... Giselle Hammond
Gregg Daniel ... Detective Kranis
Brady Smith ... Roy Cameron
Vera Taylor Vera Taylor ... Inez Reyes
Ezmie Garcia ... Young Inez / Inez's Granddaughter
Andrew Howard ... Randall Himoff
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Storyline

A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone -- or something -- begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Live or Die. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing content, alcohol abuse, some sexuality, language and thematic materia | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blumhouse's Truth or Dare See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,667,855, 15 April 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,717,020, 7 June 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,717,020, 7 June 2018
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Blumhouse Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jeff Wadlow pitched nothing but the title and opening sequence to Jason Blum to get him to sign on to the film. See more »

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When Brad (Hayden Szeto) is getting asked truth or dare in the hospital by the vending machine, the Hawaiian chips can be seen dangling/stuck in some angles and not in others. See more »

Quotes

Roy Cameron: [On Calux possessed phone video] Come on honey, Truth or Dare?
Markie Cameron: [Crying] No... Truth.
Roy Cameron: The gun I used to kill myself, why do you keep it?
Markie Cameron: Sometimes I think about using it.
Roy Cameron: Maybe you should get it.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, Calux is asking the viewer: truth or dare? See more »

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References Sinister (2012) See more »

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Dad, I'm Sorry
Written by Jason Eric Gochi, Joseph Maffi and
Ryan Yerdon (as Ryan Allen Yerdon)
Courtesy of Spirit Production Music
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So Terrible that it's occassionally Funny and Fun
14 April 2018 | by Jared_AndrewsSee all my reviews

You know how some movies can be so bad that they're secretly kind of good? Truth or Dare might be one of those movies.

As far as being legitimately good, it's not. It's terrible. It's littered with nonsensical reactions, silly dialogue, and unintentionally hilarious moments. Maybe those weird smiles that every character makes at one point are scary to others, but I found them funny every time.

The movie is pretty straightforward, but I'll give a brief explanation anyway. A group of friends goes to Mexico on spring break. While there, a stranger invites them to play truth or dare in a creepy abandoned church. It turns out that the game is possessed by a demon who follows them and forces them to continue playing the game until every player is dead. Fail a dare, you die. Tell a lie, you die. Refuse to play, you die.

The game and movie are essentially Jumanji crossed with Final Destination. It's PG-13, so it's not nearly as graphic as Final Destination, which I didn't mind.

It all sounds simple enough. But, the filmmakers still changed the rules throughout the movie and also radically changed what we knew about the characters. Maybe these changes were supposed to indicate that the game reveals our true selves and all the previous information was false. But that doesn't totally work because even characters who know nothing about the game change drastically from one scene to the next. This is the sort of thing that makes the movie clearly bad, but also secretly kind of good because you can laugh at the badness.

The other part that partially bothered me and partially made me laugh at its absurdity was how emotionally vacant all the characters were. A friend would die, then they just moved on with a shrug. Specifically, when one guy they know (he's kind of a jerk and not exactly a friend) dies a gruesome death, one character watches the cell phone video multiple times.

A person snaps his neck, and this character just watches the video with an amused look on his face, like he's watching a dog ride a skateboard. It's messed up.

While this character is clearly the worst of the group, none of them are likable. If a movie is going to show a group of people die one at a time, it needs to convince us that we should care about them at least a little bit. Since the characters are unlikable and therefore difficult to sympathize with, I felt apathetic about their deaths (all except one, which I won't spoil). This is another part of the movie that's so bad that it's funny and secretly kind of good.

Anyway, I'm dissecting this movie too much. The problems with the movie mostly play as funny while watching.

If you want to watch and laugh at a bad scary movie with friends, Truth or Dare is fine. Just make sure you go in with low expectations.


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