April 24, 2019

Very Brief Reviews of Truth or Dare (2018) and Blood Fest (2018)

It is time to pick up where I left off with the last very brief review post where I addressed The Meg (2018) and The Nun (2018). Here are a couple more very brief reviews of two more horror films I recently watched.

Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018)

You know, I think I may finally be getting too old for the horror flicks aimed at teens. Maybe that's not true for all of them, but I seem to have an increasingly difficult time enjoying many of them. Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) wasn't a horrible film. If you are younger than 15, you might really like it. A group of college kids on vacation in Mexico is invited to play a game of truth-or-dare by a stranger. They do, and this unleashes some inexplicable curse where the game follows them home and forces them to keep playing until death. Even if this was not the worst idea, its execution was poor. I found myself laughing in places I am fairly sure I was not supposed to laugh. And try as I might, I just didn't find much appealing about this one. Some of this had to do with not caring about any of the characters enough to be invested in what happened to them, but I think most of it was just the stupidity of the idea on which the film rest. I am usually able to suspend disbelief long enough to enjoy these films, but I could not do so here.

Should you see Truth or Dare? If you are over the age of 15, I wouldn't bother unless you are a fan of the horror-light fare aimed at younger audiences. Even then, I'd probably avoid this one. It was by no means the worst example of horror films aimed at teens these days, but it was far inferior to the better ones. I think I might even prefer the Madonna film by the same name.

Blood Fest (2018)

I just said something about how Truth or Dare wasn't the worst example of horror films aimed at younger audiences. Want an example of the kind of film I'm thinking of that would be a far worse example? Blood Fest (2018) fits the bill perfectly. This one would belong in the "so bad its good" category except for the part about being good. The "plot" was little more than a group of horror fans going to a horror festival which turns out to be a diabolical plot by those in charge to kill everybody with various "monsters." I'll admit that I found this idea appealing, and the trailer made me think it could be a fun film. I approached it hoping it might be an extremely low-budget version of Cabin in the Woods. It was a massive disappointment. It was't fun; it was just appallingly stupid. The biggest puzzle was the laughably bad acting. A group of high school students with no previous acting experience would have held their own against this cast. Given that this cast had some impressive film credits, this must have been deliberate.

Should you see Blood Fest? No. In the interest of fairness and full disclosure, I should admit that I only made it about 2/3 of the way through the film. It was at that point that I began to feel like I was getting dumber by the moment for watching it. It is rare for me to turn off any horror film before the end and almost unheard of for me to do so this far into one. In this case, I was left wondering why it took me as long as it did to give up.