Truth Or Dare (NC16)
Starring Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane
Directed by Jeff Wadlow
The latest from fright factory Blumhouse, home of the Oscar-feted Get Out, sees Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale and her college-bound pals duped into playing the eponymous party game which, unbeknownst to them, is hexed!
The rule is simple: Participation is meh-datory and failure to engage will result in a horrible death. The victim will know it’s his/her turn to play when the evil spirit shows its game face, so to speak, in the form of a digitally-augmented wicked grin. (Holy smokes, the demon uses FaceApp!)
The Liar Liar-meets-Final Destination conceit is promising but it never really takes off. The cast is appealing but even their earnest efforts can’t make up for the lack of urgency and — this is very important — scares. Underwhelming lah. (**)