A harmless party game leads to a explosion of grisly violence in Robert Heath's low-achieving attack on the Wes Anderson set.
Better suited to the straight-to-DVD shelves of your local video store, it’s surprising to find this game-of-death horror is receiving a theatrical release. And true, while there is a certain degree of snobbery aimed at films of this ilk, one can’t deny the cheap, but serviceable, spills and thrills that can be delivered by low budget horror. This rule, however, cannot be applied to the lamentable Truth or Dare.
At a booze, drug and sex fuelled party, a seemingly harmless game of Truth or Dare turns nasty for young outcast Felix (Tom Kane), and he is left humiliated by a bunch of bawdy alpha dogs. A year later, the group reunite for a major schmooze on the back of Felix’s strangely generous invite to his birthday party. But when they turn up to a woodland shack, they find the party isn’t quite what they expected [insert a series of dastardly mind games and acts of vile vengeance here].
Containing as many "Fuck off you twat"-style putdowns as derivative torture sequences, this is The Cabin In The Woods via Skins. And coming from the producer behind Fat Slags and The Calcium Kid, should we have expected anything less?
Director Robert Heath also bares a peculiar contempt towards corduroy tailored loners. Mildly socially inept and awkward around girls, Felix is, for the most part, a decent chap, but cruelly labelled by everyone around him as a 'creep'.
Heath further deems it necessary to sink this poor character to his knees to endure scenes of forced fellatio in what can only be described as a hate-fuelled vendetta against Wes Anderson hipsters. The Darjeeling Limited clearly wasn’t his cuppa.
Truth or Dare is often unintentionally laughable, motivationally confused and largely inept. But when you consider that big budget horror productions have all the resources available not to fail, but do, it seems churlish to criticise those who have to work with what they’ve got. Still bloody awful though.
Low budget suspense horror. So another Kill List maybe?
Its limited theatrical release would suggest not. And for good reason.
Spin the bottle and give it a whirl. If you dare.