Truth Or Dare Filled With Supernatural Surprises
Director: Nick Simon
Release Date: October 8th, 2017
Release Format: SyFy Network
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 Hour, 25 Minutes
Eight college friends head to a “Haunted Rental” in a remote town for Halloween weekend. There, they play the game rumored to have caused the deaths of seven teenagers decades earlier, Truth or Dare. What starts out as vodka induced fun, quickly turns serious when the dares become sickeningly dangerous and the truths threaten to tear the group apart. When players attempt to refuse the increasingly challenging tasks, they’re met with deadly consequences, quickly discovering: you must do the dare, or the dare does you. As the death toll mounts, the remaining players must race against the clock to outrun, outsmart and outlast the simple game of Truth or Dare.
Truth Or Dare will release on Sunday, October 9, 2017 on the SyFy Network as part of the 31 Days of Halloween. Produced by CineTelFilms.
Cassandra Scerbo – Alexis Colshis
Brytni Sarpy – Maddie Sotarez
Mason Dye – Tyler Pemhart
Harvey Guillen – Holt Thorne
Alexxis Lemire – Jessie Havnell
Luke Baines – Carter Boyle
Ricardo Hoyos – Luke Wyler
Christina Masterson – Addison Troy
Carter gathers his group of friends and invites them to an abandoned house that he has rented out for a night of fun and games. After hearing about an incident revolving a group of friends that happened years ago in the same house, Carter gets the motivation to relive that night to drive out any spirits and document the experience. They all start a game of Truth Or Dare. But soon, the game takes an unexpected turn, as an evil presence now haunts the house and them, making them continue the game until the very end.
The plot for Truth Or Dare is familiar but very interesting. We’ve seen the concept where friends go away for a weekend to a secluded or isolated house or cabin with hopes of a fun time, only to be presented with a struggle and a fight for their lives. Where Nick Simon’s film merges into its own path, is where this group of friends begins a game of Truth Or Dare. Suddenly, the game plays them. This is such an intriguing concept. Play the game or the game plays you.
The Supernatural aspect of this film is great. There is an evil presence. There’s no doubt about that. But….what is the evil presence? This is the question that comes to mind. Is it the house they play in haunted? Is it the game itself? There is more back-and-forth that causes confusion, but it’s a good confusion. It’s a complicated jigsaw puzzle, but the pieces come together.
Truth Or Dare, in its dark state, has an accompaniment of a dramatic background theatrical score. This makes the film even more intense as events unfold as a scary cinematic experience. The special effects are amazing and avoid being mediocre. This is one of the rare films of this concept that gave me goosebumps. As events unfold, things get more brutal with violent, intense scenes. The practical effects are great. There’s not much work needed to be done here, as the wardrobe is simple. The makeup effects for Donna Boone (portrayed by Heather Langenkamp), is great.
The cast performances are superb, each cast member-owned their roles. Cassandra Scerbo was great with a slight dominant personality. She takes charge of the circumstances. She is proactive instead of reactive, strong instead of emotionally weak. These are characteristics in a protagonist I love. Scerbo is known for the Sharknado films, so I was excited for this, as I am a big fan of those films.
Heather Langenkamp was a very exciting addition to this cast lineup. We know her from A Nightmare On Elm Street. Mason Dye from Flowers In The Attic plays a great tough guy, who is like the male counterpart to Scerbo’s character. They are a power couple here, despite the obstacles you will see in the film.
Harvey Guillen from The Internship plays the guy who’s always trying to make light of a situation no matter how drastic things appear to be. This is a great light sometimes of the film. In others, he “wakes up”, so to speak and realizes that things got real, as I always like to say. But I loved this character. He makes jokes that bring upon the comedic undertone to the film.
Christina Masterson and Alexxis Lemire play the two characters that are the ones to freak out big time, which is completely understandable given the circumstances. But, they are great in their characters’ demeanor. I was very intrigued with Masterson’s character, and I wished this would have been elaborated on a bit more.
All of the characters, I feel, could have been accompanied by some kind of flashback to past events or a brief backstory to make even more sense of the story in its entirety. As they play the game, each of them has skeletons in the closet. This would have been a perfect opportunity to bring those skeletons out in backstories, as things are only slightly explained.
3. In Conclusion
A popular game becomes your worst nightmare. Director Nick Simon sheds a whole new light, or darkness, on the game of Truth Or Dare. A horrific plot that is accompanied by a dramatic score and brutal violent scenes. Truth Or Dare falls along the lines of films like Saw and Fear, Inc., where you play a, seemingly, harmless game, and the only way out of it is to play till the end.
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