Plot: Olivia (Lucy Hale) is headed to her final spring break, but she wants to make it more memorable than ever and her plans is to devote her off time to help build houses for the homeless. But her best friend Markie (Violett Beane) isn’t a fan of Olivia’s choice to put mankind ahead of parties, so she negotiates with her to ensure their friend group will have one last wild adventure. The group heads to Mexico, to soak in the sun, drink gallons of booze, and perhaps partake of the pleasures of the flesh, though they didn’t expect Olivia’s ex Ronnie (Sam Lerner) to show up. Soon Lucy meets an interesting stranger who promises a fun night if the group is interested, which leads to a short hike and a game of truth or dare. Some secrets are revealed, girls kiss girls, but then the stranger claims he lured them there to appease the game and that it will follow them home, but they just ignore his rantings. But once they’re home, some odd things begin to happen and it looks as if perhaps the game has followed them, which prompts Olivia to look for ways to protect her friends.
Entertainment Value: This is typical Blumhouse, a bloodless, scareless horror movie aimed at tweens, but I do think Truth or Dare has some unintentional humor that makes it worth a look. The narrative is ridiculous, as a demon becomes involved in a game of truth or dare thanks to some convoluted, laughable plot devices. I loved when the movie tried to explain this part of the narrative, as it stumbles and would have been better off to just keep things simple. Instead the movie tries to be overly serious and dramatic, with laughable results. Despite the ludicrous premise and horrible dialogue, the movie never embraces the b movie vibes and wants to be taken seriously, which in turn makes things even sillier and campier. If the movie would have ran with that, Truth or Dare could have been a fun ride, instead of a so bad, you can’t help but cringe experience. But I did appreciate the small doses of unintentional humor, so while the movie is dull in most scenes, it springs to life at times. I think most people know what to expect from the cookie cutter, assembly line ranks of Blumhouse, so no surprises here, but at least a few laughs can be had.
No nakedness. This one is PG-13, but could easily pass for PG with a couple mild cuts, so sleaze is out of the question. A lust triangle is used to further some drama between the female friends, leading to some of the movie’s more interesting interactions, but the thread is soon dropped. This is Blumhouse, so despite being a horror movie with a body count, minimal blood is seen. If the movie had made an effort to deliver interesting or fun kills, that would have helped a lot, but it is content to push out bland, forgettable deaths instead. An exception involves an ink pen, but because the movie is scared to show even a little bloodshed, the potential of a cool sequence is wasted. The movie relies a lot on the gimmick of digital facial manipulation, as seen in countless early 2000s Asian horror films and of course, Snapchat. Not the best gimmick to build your movie on, but whatever. The dialogue is hilarious, with a wealth of unintentional humor involved. This is a combination of an abysmal script and a disinterested cast, which come together to create some bad movie magic at times. Ronnie is designed to be least likable character, but by the end, no one is even close to likable here. I just wanted to see Olivia and her friends die in horrific ways, but this Blumhouse, so, yeah. As for craziness, the movie is so bad at times it adds unintended laughs, but otherwise, this is super tame stuff. The sleaze and violence are minor, while the script refuses to take chances or even sharpen the edge on well worn aspects, a bland experience.
Overall Insanity: 2/10