Truth Or Dare (2013)
Truth Or Dare is the directorial debut from actress Jessica Cameron ( Mr. Hush, The Sleeper, To Jennifer ) who also stars in it along with Devanny Pinn ( The Black Dahlia Haunting, Song Of The Shattered, The Penny Dreadful Picture Show ), Heather Dorff
(Intrusive Behaviour, What They Say, Incorporeal), Brandon Van Vliet (Up North, In Harm's Way), Shelby Stehlin (The Steam Experiment, Dark Mountain) and Ryan Kiser (Potpourri,
The film tells the story of six friends who are the stars of their own YouTube show called Truth Or Dare. Their already hugely popular show gains even more notoriety when a Russian roulette stunt goes wrong and Jennifer (Cameron) accidentally kills Tony (Van Vliet), or so their fans and everyone else thought. A few months later when the 'Truth Or Daredevils' are on a TV chat show their supposedly dead friend Tony shows up revealing to the public that it was a hoax all along. Things then get tense while taking questions from the audience when crazed fan Derik (Kiser) asks a few too many awkward questions and freaks out getting himself thrown out of the building. Sometime later John (Jesse Wilson) invites the rest of the gang to his new house in the middle of nowhere to party and shoot some stuff for the show. Everything is fine until they are rudely interrupted by psycho fan Derik who was so pissed off to find out that the Truth Or Daredevils' stunts were all fake, now he wants to play his own version of Truth Or Dare - with them all tied up, held at gunpoint and playing by his sick twisted rules...
As a fan of the slasher and torture porn sub-genres I have to admit I was a little cautious going into Truth Or Dare. For every Saw, Hostel, A Serbian Film or Human Centipede you get countless piles of crap that I couldn't even be bothered to think the names of. Thankfully Truth Or Dare isn't one of those and I was nicely surprised by it. Unlike most other movies of its' genre that are dark and gloomy, Truth Or Dare is brightly lit and colourful from start to finish giving you a false sense of security, so when the blood and guts start to flow its' right in your face in all its' crimson glory. At first all six members of the team come across as stuck up unlikable people and just cannon fodder for psycho killers but gradually as each person is humiliated and tortured you begin to warm to each one of them as they show their vulnerability and their human sides. Unlike a lot of victims in horror movies you actually care when they die. While it doesn't shy away from the gore the film also touches on some disturbing subjects - incest, paedophilia, transsexualism, rape, abortion and even necrophilia - Jessica Cameron didn't hold back! Memorable scenes for me - one involving nipples which almost made me puke in my mouth a little, and an eye gouging scene that would make Fulci proud! Good performances from all involved especially Ryan Kiser as psycho fan Derik who to me was like Norman Bates on bath salts. Also Jessica Cameron, who not only directed and acted in the movie but wrote and produced it as well, Not only is she well on her way to becoming a legendary scream queen but also one of the few well known and successful female horror directors in the business. It's great to see her amongst the likes of Danielle Harris and The Soska Sisters who look awesome behind the camera as well as in front of it. Jessica Cameron is an actress and director I look forward to seeing more of in the future.