Truth or Dare (2018 film)
|Truth or Dare|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jeff Wadlow|
|Produced by||Jason Blum|
|Story by||Michael Reisz|
|Music by||Graeme Revell|
|Edited by||Sean Albertson|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$95.3 million|
Blumhouse's Truth or Dare, or simply Truth or Dare, is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Jeff Wadlow and written by Michael Reisz, Jillian Jacobs, Chris Roach, and Wadlow. The film stars Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto, and Landon Liboiron, and follows a group of college students who play a game of truth or dare? while on vacation in Mexico, only to realize it has deadly consequences if they don't follow through on their tasks. Jason Blum produced through his Blumhouse Productions banner, and Universal Pictures distributed the film.
Released in theaters on Friday, April 13, 2018, the film received heavily negative reviews from critics, who said it was "neither inventive nor scary enough to set itself apart from the decades of dreary slashers that came before it". Despite this, the film was a box office success while grossing $95 million worldwide against its $3.5 million production budget.
University student Olivia Barron, Markie Cameron, Lucas Moreno, Penelope Amari, Tyson Curran, and Brad Chang go on a trip to Rosarito, Mexico. In Mexico, Olivia runs into another student, Ronnie, who harasses her until a man intervenes. The man, Carter, convinces Olivia and her friends to join him for drinks at the ruins of a church. There, Carter initiates a game of Truth or Dare with the group plus Ronnie. Penelope is dared to kiss Olivia. Eventually, the game ends when Carter reveals that he tricked the group into taking his place in a supernatural version of the game. Carter leaves after warning them that they must take the game seriously or they'll lose their lives.
Back at the university, Olivia receives a sign signalling it is her turn. She experiences several hallucinations prompting "Truth or Dare". In the library, she chooses truth and is told to tell her best friend Markie's deepest secret. She reveals that Markie constantly cheats on Lucas, with him in earshot.
At a college bar, Olivia learns that Ronnie died when he failed to complete a dare. Olivia gathers her friends and attempts to convince them that the game is real. In accordance to the order the group played in Mexico, it's Markie's turn. She is forced to break Olivia's hand. At the hospital, Brad is forced to reveal to his father that he is gay.
The next day, Tyson chooses truth but lies and dies as a result. Later that night, it's Penelope's turn. She tries to pick truth but the game forces a dare on her. She has to drink vodka while walking along the edge of the roof of her house. She eventually falls from the roof, but Brad, Markie, and Olivia save her. The group find out about a woman named Giselle Hammond, who is wanted for murder. They suspect she is also a participant of the game, and contact her.
Giselle reveals that her group of friends were playing Two Truths and a Dare in the same church. One person in her group, Sam, got drunk and began trashing the place. When they got home, the game somehow continued and only she and Carter survived. Carter was dared to involve more players into the game to give themselves more time before it became their turn again.
When the group prepares to leave, Giselle takes out a gun and attempts to shoot Olivia, which the game dares her to do. However, Penelope jumps in front of Olivia and dies instead. An invisible force causes Giselle to shoot herself in the head.
It is then Olivia's turn, and she chooses dare and is dared to sleep with Lucas, whom she had a crush on. Lucas sleeps with Olivia, but tells her the truth that he still loves Markie. Meanwhile, Markie, all alone, also picks truth and confronts the reason why she kept the gun her father killed himself with.
Olivia and Lucas drive to Tijuana and meet Inez Reyes, a former nun at the church. Inez tells them of how she summoned an ancient demon named Calux who possessed the game of Truth or Dare to save herself from the sadistic priest. However, Calux kept the game going and killed all her friends. She trapped Calux with a ritual including cutting off her tongue and sealing it in a pot. The group realize Sam must have broken the pot and released Calux, and to trap him, they need to find Sam.
Brad is dared to threaten his father with a gun. As he does so, he is shot and killed by an approaching officer. At the precinct, Olivia learns that Carter and Sam are the same person. Olivia is then dared to speak the truth. She tells Markie that she was partly responsible for her father's suicide. Markie eventually forgives Olivia.
Olivia, Markie, and Lucas find Sam and force him at gunpoint back to the ruins of the church in Mexico. Before Sam completes the ritual, Lucas' turn comes. He is dared to kill either Olivia or Markie, which he refuses. Possessed by Calux, Lucas kills Sam, then commits suicide. Calux then takes a semi-physical form to taunt the girls. Markie completes a dare, then Olivia forces Calux into the game. The demon is forced to tell the truth that there is no way to end the game because Sam is dead. The only thing they can do is to prolong it.
Olivia uploads a YouTube video, in which she briefly warns viewers about the game and its rules. She then asks "Truth or Dare", involving whoever hears the phrase into the game, prolonging her and Markie's time in the game, but effectively dooming anyone who watches it in the process.
- Lucy Hale as Olivia Barron
- Tyler Posey as Lucas Moreno
- Violett Beane as Markie Cameron
- Hayden Szeto as Brad Chang
- Landon Liboiron as Carter / Sam Meehan
- Nolan Gerard Funk as Tyson Curran
- Sophia Taylor Ali as Penelope Amari
- Sam Lerner as Ronnie
- Aurora Perrineau as Giselle Hammond
- Tom Choi as Officer Han Chang
- Joe Ochman as the voice of Callux
- Vera Taylor as Inez Reyes
- Ezmie Garcia as Young Inez
- Andrew Howard as Randall Himoff
- Gary Anthony Williams as the voice of the demon
Initially, director Jeff Wadlow explained that he was hired to direct the film after spitballing an opening scene based on the film's title in his initial meetings with Blumhouse. Subsequently, he joined with his friend Chris Roach, and his wife, Jill Jacobs, and started thinking of ideas to approach the final concept.
The film was initially set for release on April 27, 2018. But in January 2018, the date was moved up two weeks and premiered on April 13, 2018.  The official trailer for the film was released on January 3, 2018.
Truth or Dare grossed $41.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $53.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $95.3 million, against a production budget of $3.5 million.
In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Rampage and Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, as well as the wide expansion of Isle of Dogs, and was projected to gross $12–15 million from 3,029 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $8.2 million on its first day (including $750,000 from Thursday night previews), $6.8 million on Saturday and a total of $18.7 million over the weekend, finishing third behind Rampage ($35.7 million) and fellow horror film A Quiet Place ($32.6 million). It fell to 58% in its second weekend, grossing $7.8 million and finishing fifth. The film continued to hold well in its third weekend, dropping 58% again to $3.3 million, finishing in seventh place.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 15% based on 150 reviews, and an average rating of 3.6/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Truth or Dare's slick presentation isn't enough to make this mediocre horror outing much more frightening than an average round of the real-life game." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 35 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B–" on an A+ to F scale.
Simon Abrams of RogerEbert.com gave the film two stars out of four and wrote that "director Jeff Wadlow and his three credited co-writers don't go far enough towards either of their film's primary impulses—humanizing their immature subjects and/or making them die amusingly sadistic deaths."
Variety's Owen Gleiberman called it a "scare-free horror film" and wrote, "The movie isn’t scary, it isn’t gripping, it isn’t fun, and it isn’t fueled by any sort of clever compulsion. It’s just a strangely arduous exercise that feels increasingly frantic and arbitrary as it goes along."
Awards and nominations
|2018||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Drama Movie||Nominated|||
|Choice Drama Movie Actress||Nominated|
In April 2018, Jeff Wadlow discussed ideas of a sequel, stating, "If the movie is a success and I'm asked to come up with other good ideas, there are other stories that could be told through the filter of a supernatural game of truth or dare."
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