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Film / Truth or Dare (2018)

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Truth or Dare (alternatively known as Blumhouse's Truth or Dare) is a 2018 horror film directed by Jeff Wadlow (Cry_Wolf, Kick-Ass 2, True Memoirs of an International Assassin) and starring:
  • Lucy Hale as Olivia
  • Tyler Posey as Lucas
  • Violett Beane as Markie
  • Hayden Szeto as Brad
  • Nolan Gerard Funk as Tyson
  • Sophia Taylor Ali as Penelope
  • Sam Lerner as Ronnie
  • Aurora Perrineau as Giselle
  • Landon Liborion as Carter

A group of college students have to struggle to survive when a curse begins taking the Truth or Dare game too far by killing anyone who lies or doesn't do the dare they are told to do.

Not to be confused with the 1986 film, Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness or the 2017 film Truth or Dare (2017), which sported a very similar plot.


Truth or Dare has examples of the following:

  • Actor Allusion: This wouldn't be the first time that Lucy Hale starred in a teen-oriented work about truth and lies, one in which her character has a dark secret concerning somebody's death.
  • Advertising by Association: The trailer advertises the film as being "From the producer of Get Out, The Purge and Happy Death Day".
  • The Alcoholic: Penelope's defining character trait.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After Olivia publicly reveals that Markie has been cheating on Lucas, Olivia tries to explain what's going on to Markie and grabs her arm, leading to Markie telling her to get her hands off of her or else she'll break her hand. Later, the curse dares Markie to break Olivia's hand.
  • Big Bad: Calax, the demon behind the game's supernatural force.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Ronnie decides not to "show his business" and has his eyes turn black right before he slips over a cue ball and breaks his neck.
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  • The Determinator: When Markie is dared to break Olivia's hand, Olivia convinces her to in order to spare Markie whatever fate the game has for her.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • Carter is fine with letting strangers get killed by the curse as long as he gets to live.
    • Olivia ends up being one as well, cursing thousands of people into joining the game, killing an untold amount of people.
  • Downer Ending: Calax ends up killing Sam and Lucas before they can put an end to the curse. When Calax tells Olivia that the game won't stop until everyone is dead, Olivia posts a video that is seen worldwide, forcing everyone that watches it to play the game too.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Markie's father did this long before the events of the film.
    • Under the influence of the game, this is the fate of Tyson, Giselle, and Lucas.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even though Markie is angry at Olivia, she doesn't want to break her hand when she's dared to by the curse, and looks horrified after she's forced to do it anyway, as opposed to getting killed by the curse.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: The demon was summoned in the first place by a nun wanting to punish a priest for sexually assaulting them. She eventually sealed him away by sacrificing her tongue, but the events of the movie show this was clearly a drastically shortsighted action.
  • Eye Scream: Tyson jams a pen into his eye before driving it further into his head by slamming his head against a wall.
  • Foreshadowing: When the group finds Giselle, they name-drop Carter, and she appears confused when she hears that name. This is a clue that Sam used Carter as a fake name.
    • During the first game of truth or dare, Olivia is asked whether or not she would allow the entire population of Mexico to die if it meant that she and her friends would live. She answers no. This turns out to be a lie at the end of the film as she condemns the entire world to die in order to save herself and Markie.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: The guys cheer while watching Penelope make out with Olivia on a dare.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Only the characters' reactions are shown when Markie breaks Olivia's hand with a hammer.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Whatever causes the curse hates when the players break the rules to the point of killing them over it. This is in spite of breaking at least two rules itself: (a) the curse manifests itself as a person's reflection despite the point of Truth or Dare not being a one player game and (b) not accepting Truth as an option when, again, that's one of the finer points to have the choice.
      • The latter is explained afterwards by the fact that the curse runs on the "Two truths and one dare" clause of Truth or Dare. If two people pick truth in a row, the next person HAS to do a dare.
      • Calax also cheats by using the possessed Lucas to kill Sam in order to prevent the latter from doing a ritual to seal Calax. This is despite the fact that Sam had completed his dare and wasn't otherwise in violation of the rules.
  • In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: The film was sometimes marketed as "Blumhouse's Truth or Dare" to highlight the involvement of Blumhouse Productions, and possibly to differentiate it from a Syfy Channel Original Movie of the same name from 2017.
  • Kubrick Stare: The Movie. Every single person possessed by the demon makes this face.
  • Love Triangle: One guy asks Markie if she's aware that Olivia is in love with her boyfriend Lucas, to which Olivia angrily says "Will you stop?"
  • Mirror Monster: Penelope is confronted by the curse, which appears in the form of her own reflection.
  • Morton's Fork: Olivia routinely chooses Dare in order not to have to sell Markie the truth about her father's suicide. But this just leads to her being dared to tell her anyway.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Markie, despite being angry at Olivia for telling her that Lucas has been cheating on her, doesn't actually want to break her hand, but Olivia urges her to do it so that the curse doesn’t retaliate.
  • Neck Snap: Ronmie, who was dared to show his "business" chickened out from going through with it, and as a result he slips over a cue ball and breaks his neck.
  • Nightmare Face: The face of anyone who's cursed contorts into an unconvincing grin that looks like a cross between The Joker or Aphex Twin.
  • Precision F-Strike: During Markie's dare to break Olivia's hand:
    Olivia: Come on, are you gonna be a fucking coward just like your dad?!
  • Slasher Smile: Anyone whom the curse manifests as wears a rather creepy grin when asking a victim to play Truth or Dare.
  • Tempting Fate: After Olivia lets it slip that Markie is cheating on Lucas because of the curse forcing her to, Markie angrily says "Touch me again, and I'll break your hand." Guess what she's forced to do by the curse?
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailers show the deaths of Ronnie and Tyson.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Olivia says out loud that Markie is constantly cheating on Lucas when the curse forces her to. Lucas doesn't take it well.


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