|DVD Truth or Dare
Run time: 95 min
Genres: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Director: Robert Heath
Writers: Matthew McGuchan
Stars: Tom Kane, Liam Boyle, Jack Gordon
This is a British movie about a group of teens who while at a party, play a game of ‘Truth or Dare’, but the game gets out of hand when one of the party goers (Felix) is picked on by the other teens. A few months later they are all invited to a party that Felix is throwing at his parents mansion. But when they get there they are told the party is in a cabin further up the road. They arrive to find that Felix’s brother is there instead, but where is Felix, and what does his brother have in store? Written by Michael Hallows Eve
|Plot Keywords: truth or dare, tied to a chair, oral sex, fellatio, blow job|
Release Date: 6 August 2012 (UK)
Budget: $1,000,000 (estimated)
This movie was actually a nice little surprise for me. I started watching it thinking, "here we go, another teen revenge horror". But once it got going it went well. The "spin the bottle/truth or dare" thing actually worked for me. The movie had a couple of surprises and there was a bit of a plot twist near the end. The characters were actually played well as they were annoying, but in a good way as I was waiting for things to happen to them, but intrigued to see how they would react. And at the end the film doesn't end the way you would think, as it didn't have the usual ending that a lot of these kind of teen horror movies have, and that was a good thing as I wasn't expecting it. So I give this film a 7 out of 10.
Hmm….this is good! I expected this to be yet another run of the mill revenge story but it indeed went beyond that.
It's the story with the surprising bends(especially towards the climax) that makes the movie very watchable. The direction could have been better though.
Performances, gladly, was top notch from all – another reason why almost all the scenes grab our attention. Jennie Jacques as Eleanor was superb, and rest of the memorable performances include Liam Boyle as Paul(Eleanor's boyfriend), Florence Hall as Emma(Eleanor's pal) and David Oakes as Justin(the psychotic brother of Felix).
Although I like the story in general, it could have been more convincing in some places. Justin is a trained British solider but there are moments where he acts clumsy while defending himself against some of the characters who are just ordinary folks. That disappointed me a bit. However, I must say there are some twists in the story that leaves you shocked. It just dares to be different, viewer liking be damned. Lol!
Verdict: I still like it because it rivets. Makes for an engaging movie experience.
I was happy to watch this when I saw the high rating but I had my expectations a little to high although it surely kept me entertained for the duration. It's kind of like a good book, having you waiting for answers. It all starts with a party held at the end of the school term with a young man named Felix. Not quite popular & on the geeky side he wanted very badly to be with a girl that was basically out of his league. After some coke from a buddy he gets up the nerve to talk to her, well as it turns out in most circumstances she didn't feel for him in the least and being the nasty young thing that she was she played a gag on him that ended up in ridicule.
The film then takes a turn with two car loads of people heading to Felix's house for a big birthday bash, these people, the same as those from the party are coming only for the free drink, none of them his friends at all. They knew his family was loaded so they were ambitious to get there. Upon pulling up to this enormous castle of a place they are told Felix wasn't there that they had two walk a ways to get to the keeper's cabin as called. Awaiting them was Felix's brother Justin who cordially invites them in, as to the rest it shall rest on the viewer. There are a few surprises but nothing mind blowing although original & entertaining. It's really more of a thriller than a horror piece, but I know some peoples horror is a comedy to another. The creativity level was high enough to engage you but not enough to suck you in, as the story unfolds in a more casual way. The characters weren't very likable except for Justen, Felix's brother played by David Oakes. There was nothing to get too excited here, but it's more than good enough for a solid 6/10
There's a neat portion of 80's nostalgia to enjoy in this modest horror production by the British director Robert Heath. Surely we all love to remember those typically clichéd and nasty slashers in which the geekiest kid in school, preferably on prom night or during any random party night, is publicly humiliated (or even killed) during a banal prank that horribly runs out of hand. A certain time later, he himself or a traumatized family member goes on a vengeful killing spree to punish all the wrongdoers. That pretty much summarizes "Truth or Dare"; unoriginal, unmemorable and predictable from start to finish, but nonetheless entertaining. Several months ago, during a graduation party full of sex and drug-abuse, the timid and introvert Felix unsuccessfully declared his love to the cute blond Gemma whilst playing a spin-the- bottle/truth or dare game and got into a fight with her macho boyfriend Chris. Now, all the key players of this humiliating moment receive an invitation for Felix' birthday party at his parent's secluded country estate, and since they're a bunch of sleazy British teenagers always in search of free booze, they all decide to accept. They're welcomed by Felix' brother Justin, an obsessive military man, in a ramshackle cabin and he immediately confronts them with a genuine party-pooping message. Allegedly Felix committed suicide, and since Justin established that this quintet is directly responsible for his act of desperation, he's destined to extract vengeance and restore the family honor! "Truth or Dare" is actually more of a crossover between the aforementioned kind of 80's slasher with the nowadays hugely popular trend of torture porn horror. The killer immediately reveals his identity and motivations, but his methods of retaliation are more imaginative and "playful", like for example the challenge where the victim either drinks ordinary water or deadly battery acid. You won't feel much affection for any of the character, whether victim or psychopath, and some of them are in fact so stupid and insufferable that you almost wish for them to die cruel and painfully (which also happens!). Although the events are foreseeable and often even downright obvious, director Robert Heath still manages to generate a handful of suspenseful moments. And finally, just because it fun to mention, the young actress Jennie Jacques is an incredibly sexy chick and her impressive cleavage can be admired throughout the entire film!