Lucy Hale Plays A Boring Game Of 'Truth Or Dare'

The high-concept horror yarn is low on scares.

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!) 

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Facelift from Hell: Sophia Ali is about to play a game of ‘Truth or Dare’.

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. (**)

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