Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare is a Boring, Lazy Game

0.5 out of 4 stars

Truth or dare?

Truth? Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare is an awful, lazy horror film.

Lucy Hale in Blumhouse's Truth or Dare

Lucy Hale in Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare

Dare? I dare you to find a redeeming quality in the film because I sure couldn’t.

Jason Blum, the movie’s executive producer and founder of Blumhouse Productions, has been behind some of the most successful horror films in the last decade. Insidious, Split, Paranormal Activity, and Get Out come to mind.

However, Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near those titles. It doesn’t push the boundaries of horror nor offer a memorable story. Hell, it barely produces an original thought, let alone an original story.

The film follows a group of friends that travel to Mexico for spring break. During their trip, they meet Carter, (Landon Liboiron) a guy who leads the group to an old, abandoned church. While they are all there, he challenges them to a game of truth or dare.

After what feels like an extremely long sequence of the group playing the game, Carter reveals that this was a part of his big plan: “I needed to find somebody with friends, that I could trick into coming here,” he tells them.

That’s when he reveals this is a deadly game, and in order to save himself, he had to get others to play: “I brought you all up here because I am okay with strangers dying if it means I get to live.”

That’s when our main protagonist, Olivia (Lucy Hale), learns about the rules.

There are three rules:

1.) You don’t tell the truth, you die.

2.) You don’t do the dare, you die.

3.) You refuse to play, you die.

I’ll let you guess if they take Carter and this deadly game of truth or dare seriously. Actually, I’ll let you guess the rest of the movie, it’s not hard. It’s all too familiar.

The biggest err from Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare has to be the characters. Most horror films on likable characters, individuals that you’d want to root for and see survive.

This movie offers no such luck. Almost immediately after the movie begins, Olivia and her friends come off as annoying; these just aren’t characters you want to be around for 100 minutes.

Olivia, along with her best friend Markie (Violett Beane) are not only unlikable but simply not interesting. The movie adds an annoying love triangle between the two and Tyler Posey’s character, Lucas, and none of it works. You can have a character that you loathe, but as long as you’re interested in their journey, it works. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare simply provides characters that no one will care about.

Overall, Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare doesn’t play its own game. It doesn’t tell the truth about its boring characters or clichéd storyline. And, it doesn’t dare to push the boundaries or add something new to the horror genre.

You know the rules, that means this movie is as good as dead.

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