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How to Survive Truth or Dare, the Supernatural Thriller That Will Make You Scream

Truth or Dare Movie Review: A Deadly Game of Secrets and Lies

Have you ever played truth or dare with your friends? It's a fun game that can spice up any party or sleepover. But what if the game turned into a nightmare? What if you had to do whatever the game asked you or die? That's the premise of Truth or Dare, a 2018 horror movie directed by Jeff Wadlow and produced by Jason Blum. The movie stars Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto, Sophia Taylor Ali, and Landon Liboiron as 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 obligations.

In this article, I will review the movie and give you my honest opinion on its plot, characters, scares, and message. I will also compare it to other movies that involve games and horror, such as Nerve, Saw, or Final Destination. If you are curious about this movie or want to know more about it, keep reading!

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The Origin of the Game

The movie begins with Olivia Barron (Lucy Hale), a college student who always puts others' needs before her own. She plans to build houses with Habitat for Humanity over spring break, but her best friend, Markie Cameron (Violett Beane), convinces her to join their friends in Mexico. At a bar, Olivia meets a man named Carter (Landon Liboiron), who invites the group to party at an abandoned church. There, Carter suggests they play truth or dare. During the game, their friend Tyson Curran (Nolan Gerard Funk) reveals that Olivia has a crush on Lucas Moreno (Tyler Posey), Markie's boyfriend, which she denies. Carter admits that he tricked them into playing a supernatural version of the game and warns them to do whatever the game asks or they will be killed.

Back at school, hallucinations call on Olivia to pick truth or dare. She picks "truth" and blurts out that Markie has been serially unfaithful to Lucas. The friends learn that Ronnie (Sam Lerner), another friend who refused to play in Mexico, was forced to kill himself after failing to complete a dare. Lucas picks "truth" and admits to having feelings for Olivia. Markie is forced to break Olivia's hand, and their closeted friend, Brad Chang (Hayden Szeto), is forced to tell his father he is gay. Tyson disbelieves the game's consequences and dies after lying during his turn.

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The group discovers a story online about a woman named Giselle Hammond (Aurora Perrineau) who lit a woman on fire in Mexico while playing truth or dare. They arrange a meeting with her through social media. Giselle reveals that one of her friends, Sam Meehan (Gary Anthony Williams), got drunk and trashed the church where they played the game in Mexico. He broke a pot that contained the tongue of a priest who summoned a demon to play the game. The demon possesses whoever plays the game and forces them to continue playing. Giselle says that the only way to end the game is to cut out the tongue of the person who started it and put it back in the pot. She then shoots Sam, who was also at the meeting, and tries to shoot Olivia, but is killed by the police.

The Rules of the Game

The group realizes that the game follows certain rules. The order of the players is determined by who first played in Mexico. The players can only choose "truth" twice before they have to choose "dare". The players cannot dare someone to tell the truth or reveal something they already know. The players cannot choose someone else's dare or truth for them. The players cannot skip their turn or refuse to play. The players have a limited time to complete their dare or answer their truth, otherwise they die. The game will not end until all the players are dead or the curse is lifted.

The Characters and Their Dares

As the game continues, the characters face more dangerous and deadly dares. Here are some of the most memorable or shocking ones:

  • Olivia is dared to have sex with Lucas, which she does, causing Markie to feel betrayed.

  • Markie is dared to shoot Olivia, but she shoots herself in the arm instead.

  • Lucas is dared to kill either Olivia or Markie, but he refuses and gets shot by a cop.

  • Brad is dared to steal his father's gun, but he is killed by his father who thinks he is an intruder.

  • Penelope (Sophia Taylor Ali), an alcoholic, is dared to walk along the edge of the roof of a house while drinking a bottle of vodka. She falls off but is saved by Olivia and Markie.

  • Carter, who reveals his real name is Sam Meehan, is dared to tell the truth about why he involved Olivia and her friends in the game. He says he was trying to save himself and his friends by adding more players to the game.

The Twist and The Ending

The movie has a major twist that changes everything. Olivia and Markie discover that Sam Meehan was not the one who started the game, but rather his friend, Alex (Tim Neff), who cut out his own tongue and gave it to Sam as a gift. They find Alex at a hospital in Mexico, where he is mute and disfigured. They try to get his tongue back, but he swallows it and dies. Olivia realizes that there is another way to end the game: by involving more people in it. She records a video on YouTube, where she tells the truth about the game and dares anyone who watches it to play. She hopes that this will dilute the curse and save her and Markie.

The Pros and Cons of the Movie

Truth or Dare has some strengths and weaknesses as a horror movie. Here are some of them:


- The premise of the movie is intriguing and original.- The plot of the movie is predictable and clichéd.

- The movie has some suspenseful and tense moments.- The movie lacks genuine scares and gore.

- The movie explores themes of friendship, trust, and honesty.- The movie has shallow and unlikable characters.

- The movie has a surprising and clever twist at the end.- The movie has an unsatisfying and open-ended conclusion.

The Similarities and Differences with Other Movies

Truth or Dare is not the first movie to use games as a source of horror. There are other movies that have similar concepts, such as Nerve, Saw, or Final Destination. Here are some of the similarities and differences between them:

  • Nerve (2016) is a thriller movie about a high school senior who joins an online game of truth or dare, where she has to complete increasingly risky challenges for money and fame. Both movies involve a game that forces people to do things they normally wouldn't do, but Nerve focuses more on social media and cybercrime, while Truth or Dare focuses more on supernatural horror.

  • Saw (2004) is a horror movie about two men who wake up in a dilapidated bathroom with a dead body between them, and are instructed by a mysterious voice to play a game of life or death. Both movies involve a game that puts people in life-threatening situations , but Saw is more gruesome and violent, while Truth or Dare is more PG-13 and mild.

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