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Truth or Dare (2017) Movie Review

Reviewed by Seth Metoyer
MoreHorror.com

I first covered Truth or Dare back in April of 2013 when the teaser trailer for the film dropped. Now, nearly four years later, the movie has released and I’ve finally had a chance to view it.

Truth or Dare is the directorial debut of Jessica Cameron. Horror fans are most likely familiar with Cameron through her horror acting roles. This time around she’s behind the camera and the result is a pretty stellar debut feature film.

Four years ago Cameron told me “One of my favorite things about this project is that it goes to so many of the dark places that people fear.” It’s safe to say that she accomplished that with Truth or Dare.

Truth or Dare stars Ryan Kiser (House of Manson, Crossbreed), Jessica Cameron (MANIA, American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon), Heather Dorff (An Ending, Red Eye ) , Brandon Van Vliet (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders), Shelby Stehlin (The Man in 3B Exit 727), Jesse Wilson (Fury, The Nurse) and Devanny Pinn (Escape from Ensenada, Crossbreed ).

In the film, the ‘Truth or Daredevils’ are six college kids who find internet fame when their ‘Truth or Dare’ videos go viral. Stardom is going well for the crew until their number one fan interjects himself into the game - but he wants to play by his own set of twisted and violent rules.

I don’t personally consider myself to be a huge “torture porn” fan when it comes to horror movies. I tend to think there isn’t enough to the story in most of them and I’m not a fan of senseless gore. Thankfully, ‘Truth or Dare’ had enough substance to hold my interest and the performances rounded the film out nicely.

The movie felt a little claustrophobic at times, most likely because the cast was confined to one room for much of the film. However, the interactions between characters and the simmering pot that eventually boils over into violence and gore via crazy number one fan Derik (played effectively creepy by Ryan Kiser), makes the film for me. I've been a fan of Kiser's since I saw his portrayal of Charles Manson in the bio-pic 'House of Manson' a few years ago. He brings the same intensity to Truth of Dare, and that's a bonus for movie lovers.

I enjoyed the hilarious performance by Brandon Van Vliet as the cocky, goofy and cowardly bro dude Tony. The biggest surprise for me was the performance from actress Heather Dorff who played Michelle. I had never seen Dorff in a film before and her strong performance really impressed me. Actress Devanny Pinn brought a lot of charisma to her role as Courtney, and she quite possibly had the most emotionally driven performance I witnessed in the movie.

This film obviously won’t be for everyone. The topics are dark, the pajama party turns gory and it is definitely “not safe for work”. It’s not going to shock the full on “gore hounds”, but it will satisfy horror fans looking for something a bit more extreme than what is typically being released these days.

Truth or Dare is a successful debut offering from Jessica Cameron and I’m looking forward to seeing her grow as a director. I encourage horror fans to check this one out.

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