Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare - 2018
Director(s): Jeff Wadlow
Writer(s): Jillian Jacobs, Michael Reisz, Christophe Roach and Jeff Wadlow
Cinematography by: Jacques Jouffret
Editor(s): Sean Albertson
Cast: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Sophia Ali, Landon Liboiron and Nolan Gerard Funk
Synopsis: 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 (IMDB).
Jason Blum right now is on top of the horror world in Hollywood, in both critical and box office reception. His production company, Blumhouse, bank rolls an indie horror script for around three to ten million dollars and turns in the profits even when the movie doesn’t make close to anything outside its opening weekend. It seems they trust the creators they work with to deliver smart, creative and fun entries to the horror genre. But, there is something off about their latest movie. It’s very subtle, but if you look closely you will notice the title, Blumhouse’s Truth of Dare. Their company’s name appears first, hoping audiences will recognize their track record and ignore the absurd premise and look the trailer showcases.
The premise? A cross between It Follows since the game is transferable and it… follows… you wherever you go, Final Destination since the deaths are over the top and feel improbable, a telenovela since there are so much melodramatic relationship moments, and a hot flaming pile of radioactive garbage since this movie sucks. I don’t want to be mean – I want to try not to be mean – but, my goodness, what in the world made them think this is a good movie. Here is the quick summary of the movie: a demon possesses a truth or dare game with deadly consequences.
This movie is the best comedy that has come out this year. Even though it’s played for scares, they manage to make me laugh more than Blockers and Game Night. There are lines in this movie that either are meant to scare you or make you feel sympathy towards the characters plight, but I just couldn’t stop laughing in the theater. Luckily the theater was almost empty and the other people were also laughing so I wasn’t ruining any horror movie for someone who somehow, someway was having “emotions” conjured by this movie. There is a scene in where a dude is sacrificing himself for the betterment of his girlfriend and she tells him how idiotic it is and he stares at her and tells her; “that’s how you make me”. The feels.
The game of truth or dare is possessed by an evil demon trickster that plays with them till the stakes are so high that death is inevitable. If you wander up to my credits section you will see that there are four accredited writers. It took four writers to bring this Frankenstein to life, and I can’t say they successed. But after seeing the movie I understand the division of labor among them given how unrelentingly repetitive the storyline is from beginning to end. One oversaw having the protagonist and her best friend have a fight and making one storm out, despite them establishing they should stay together. They fight over boys, over secrets and over family but the result is the same - the best friend says she can’t trust her, storms out and they make up five minutes later. The next writer oversaw the token gay friend’s story arc as he has an overbearing father who happens to be a cop who always is in uniform and always wants to talk to him. He comes to the apartment, the college and the hospital to talk to his son. He always has a worried look on his face and always pulls him aside since they need to talk... again. The third one oversaw the ridiculous ways the “demon” picked the moments they are at their most “vulnerable” and made the person next to them make a face that I guess was meant to be creepy? The last one just stayed quiet during the meetings nodding his head along hoping nobody asked him what he thought since this is the first movie credit he will get and you HAVE to start somewhere.
The acting is horrible and it could be that they were giving wet cardboards of characters to portray and it’s not their fault. But, my god, are the line deliveries and facial reactions hilarious. Like the alcoholic friend kissing the protagonist, during the DEMONIC truth or dare game, and saying to the camera “maybe I’m bi-curious”, cool? Or the mysterious stranger telling our protagonist “I’m going to tell you what you should’ve told me back in the bar, piss-off”, cool? My favorite is the alcoholic friend as she is dared to walk along the edge on the two-story building while drinking the bottle of vodka. She must walk the edge and finish the bottle. Walk the edge and finish the bottle. DEMONIC DARE! Her drunk acting was like someone described what a drunk person acts to a dog and the dog painted a picture for her to go off.
Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare already made its money back and has a nice profit to boot. It was made for around $3 million and opening weekend brought $21 million just based of the trust the audience has in this production company’s record. You really can’t fault them; the business model is working. I just thank them for venturing away from the horror genre and delivering a hilarious, laugh out loud comedy. One that I dare to say will someday be further dissected on the “So bad it’s Good Friday” section of my website (subscribe to my free newsletter). Laughing when I shouldn’t be laughing is why I love movies
Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare is playing in theaters. I dare you not to make a pun in the end of the review.
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