Truth or Dare (2018)

Truth or Dare is the kind of film that defies the strictures of star ratings. If I try an adopt an ‘objective’ viewpoint – whatever that even means – it’s quite clear that this isn’t an especially good film. This is a toothless horror film with an awkward set-up, clichéd teen protagonists played by CW offcuts and no real scares of note. The direction is vanilla (aside from the preponderance of crane shots) and it’s overall forgettable. You can praise elements here and there – Hayden Szeto again demonstrating he needs a leading man role, the incorporation of social media into the storyline – by it’s by-and-large a bad film.

But, here’s the thing – it’s just bad enough to be fun. Oh, it’s not so-bad-it’s-good, but it is so-bad-it’s-fine. Truth or Dare plays its undercooked PG-13 horror straight enough to never feel like deliberately-shitty shlock, which makes its audaciously terrible moments (which I daren’t spoil) funnier than the best gags from most modern studio comedies. It’s not the kind of horror film to take pride of place in film lists at the end of the year, but it is the kind that you should throw in the middle of a drunken horror movie marathon.

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