13 Engrossing Movies Like 'Truth or Dare'
What Films Are Like Truth And Dare?
Horror and slasher films have always been the go-to genre for Hollywood filmmakers. Over the years, cliched horror flicks have lost their momentum with an increasing emphasis on psychological horror.
One of the more recent films in this genre is the supernatural flick Truth or Dare. Following the story of a group of teenagers who play a game of truth or dare with dire consequences, the film was not critically acclaimed. However, it managed to become popular among the masses. The game following them in real life and making them do fatal tasks is a dark spin on the horror genre—one that'll make you squirm.
In light of its success, here is a look at 13 films like Truth And Dare that'll make you look over your shoulder.
Movies Similar to Truth And Dare
- It Follows
- Evil Dead
- Final Destination (series)
- A Nightmare in The Elm Street
- Cabin In The Woods
- The Ring
- Night of The Demons
- Sorority Row
1. It Follows
It Follows, in my opinion, is the mother of all teenage horror films. Directed by David Robert Mitchell, this horror flick is guaranteed to make you look over your shoulder for the next few weeks.
The plot revolves around a bunch of teenagers whose life takes a horrible turn after they are sucked into a monstrous game. It turns out that a supernatural creature is involved in the whole affair. ‘It’ stalks its victims and can assume the form of anyone, including their loved ones. In order to escape its clutches and evade death, the targeted person needs to transmit it to someone else by sleeping with them.
As evident from the synopsis, the story is unflinchingly creepy. When you watch the flick, it will definitely give you chills. Many have even drawn an analogy that It Follows symbolizes AIDS and how it's spreading at a rampant rate.
If you’re looking for a nail-biting thriller like Truth or Dare, It Follows should be right up your alley.
What happens when a group of teenagers play around with an Ouija board and try to summon spirits? Nothing good, of course.
The film, which came out in 2014, follows the story of two friends, Debbie Galardi and Laine Morris. When the former hangs herself, her best friend rallies up a group, including the late Debbie’s boyfriend, to conduct a séance and contact their dead friend.
There is no guarantee what spirit or entity will answer if you try communicating with the dead, which is exactly what happens here. While the plot may be predictable, thanks to the presence of cliche horror tropes, this thriller is still an enjoyable experience. Also, a transfixing twist at the end works in its favor.
Although not exactly horror, Nerve revolves around a warped online version of truth or dare, featuring some harrowing moments. Starring Emma Roberts as Vee and Dave Franco as Ian, the tale begins as these two strangers collaborate and do dangerous dares for the “watchers” - anonymous online members who provide monetary benefits to the players. However, when things go too far, Vee and Ian try to shut down this insidious game before someone is fatally injured.
Lying beneath its scornful exterior is a serious undertone - a social commentary on how social media and mob mentality can bring out the worst in people. It’s a thriller you will not regret watching.
This Leo Gabriadze directed pic also involves social media and a group of high schoolers who do some really questionable things. Unlike, Nerve, the previous entry on the list, it has a supernatural element to it.
Unfriended spins around Blaire and her group of friends who come together on a Skype call, only to find that there is also an intruder in their midst. As they try to oust the stranger from the group chat, they inadvertently start a deadly game of never have I ever, where the loser will be killed in each round.
Soon, it becomes clear that there is certainly a supernatural entity stalking them as they try in vain to fight it and complete the game.
This conniving feature has all the ingredients for a slow-burn horror film, punctuated with a commentary on social media and how it turns people into bullies in order to get validation.
5. Evil Dead
This 1983 classic, directed by Sam Raimi, is the king of all B movies in this genre. Almost everyone has heard about the film - a masterpiece that sits right alongside classics like The Shining and The Rosemary's Baby.
Starring Bruce Campbell, Evil Dead follows the story of a group of five friends who rent a remote cabin in the woods to spend their weekend. Their plan for a nice getaway is ruined when they hear a recording and accidentally summon a demon. Will they escape its clutches before it’s too late?
This flick is gory, ultra-violent, and goofy, and it’s completely unapologetic about it. This thriller will leave you horrified, disgusted, and mildly amused - a combination you would have never expected in a horror film. No wonder, it is a cult classic that went on to get a remake in 2013 as well as a TV series in 2015.
6. Final Destination (Series)
Though every film in this franchise is spellbinding, the most groundbreaking film of the lot is unarguably the first one that came out in 2000.
The story follows a group of high school students who narrowly avert death as they deboard from flight 180 at the last moment. It soon becomes clear that they were not meant to survive, as they start dying in gruesome ways.
With concepts of premonition, fate, and death making a regular appearance, Final Destination was actually quite innovative for its time. One can call it refreshingly scary. After watching the series, you can’t help but feel a bit paranoid, as if there’s death lurking around every corner.
7. A Nightmare on Elm Street
Wes Craven, the director behind this classic, has proven himself to be the master of horror, thanks to his meticulous work over the years. He specialized in slasher films with his most famous flick being 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street.
The film stars famous names like Johnny Depp, Heather Langenkamp, and Robert Englund, with everyone playing their part to perfection. Englund, in particular, shines in his role of Freddy Kruger - a serial killer who stalks and kills his victims in their dreams.
The concept of this film is unprecedented and terrifying to witness on screen. Imagine being unable to sleep for days on end. Just thinking of being sucked into such a torturous game makes one shudder. Go on. Give this horror flick a shot.
Call me biased but you have to admit that Wes Craven has a knack for cranking out iconic slasher films. Scream, another one of his gem, is no different.
The plot of Scream revolves around Sidney Prescott, played by Neve Campbell, a high school student who is grieving the murder of her mother. She is compelled to revisit those horrible moments as it soon becomes apparent that there is a masked mass murderer on the loose. With his eyes set on on Sidney and her friends, this depraved killer will stop at nothing to get her. Will she connect the dots before it’s too late?
Combining tragedy with suspense and presenting a general environment of distrust, Scream has attained cult status over the years. It’s a brain teaser right till the very end. When the true identity of the culprit is finally revealed, it will leave you reeling in shock. Be patient and you’ll be rewarded.
9. Cabin in The Woods
Cabin in the Woods is a horror comedy - a cerebral film that brought a significant change to the genre. It is a tale of five friends who go to a remote cabin in the woods and unleash hell upon themselves after one of them reads an incantation from a dead girl’s diary.
The film, which is also one of the earliest works of Chris Hemsworth, is a real hoot as it mocks each and every cliché in the horror genre. From zombies, demons, to werewolves; you name it and the movie has it.
In spite of being rib-tickling in certain places, it does not lose the scare factor. There are some really jumpy and unexpected moments in the film. Cabin in the Woods satirizes stereotypes by showcasing them all in a single flick.
10. The Ring
This 2002 supernatural horror film needs no introduction. It is a story about a sinister videotape. Whoever is unfortunate enough to witness its disturbing content, doesn’t make it through the nightmarish ordeal that follows. Viewers get seven days to live before they die a brutal death. The only possible way of not dying is to uncover the mystery behind the tape - something no one has even attempted up until now.
When a single mother ends up watching the tape, she decides to dig deeper instead of leaving everything to fate. On a mission to save herself and her son, she must do whatever it takes to break this ancient curse.
Although it is said that the original Japanese version is far scarier, The Ring holds its own. This enigmatic affair will make your skin crawl, that’s a guarantee. It’s not like you wanted to sleep soundly anyways.
James Wan, who is emerging as one of the finest filmmakers in Hollywood, made his debut with this 2004 American horror film. Following the depraved shenanigans of the serial killer, Jigsaw, the film shows two victims locked in a room with a corpse in the center. As the two learn about their dire circumstances, it is revealed that Jigsaw is not just a serial killer. He’s more of a vigilante, as he targets those who don’t respect their lives. He plays sick games with them, where his victims must overcome their vices in order to survive.
This sly feature doesn’t take any time to get going. No introductions, no plot build-up; just pure carnage right from the get-go. All the bobbing and weaving for 1h 43m concludes with a mind-bending twist - one you'll not see coming.
12. Night of The Demons
The recurring theme of teenagers playing with fire cannot be better expressed than this 1988 film. The story revolves around a group of teenagers who party in a crematorium. Things, however, take a macabre turn when one of the partygoers holds a séance, freeing the sinister demons.
One by one, these malevolent spirits start possessing them as they violently hurt, maim or kill those who are not under the influence of demons. Violence, sex, and an eerie setting - this film has all the tropes of a horror movie. Uninspiring as it may be, Night of The Demons has attained cult status over the years.
If you’re looking for nightmarish movies like Truth or Dare, Night of the Demons should be right up your alley.
13. Sorority Row
Hollywood’s obsession with slasher films has not waned over the years. A good example of that is this 2009 film. The story follows sorority sisters who face a terrifying situation after a prank involving one of them goes awry. One of their friends is dead, thanks to the witless stunt. All is, however, forgotten.
Then, right as the sisters are graduating, the death of their friend comes back to haunt them. There is a murderer on the loose, taking the perpetrators down one by one. Is the murderer a ghost or just some deranged person? Experience this taut feature first-hand and find out.
If you enjoy nail-biting drama, heightened emotions, and some good old-fashioned find-the-killer mystery, this film should be right up your alley.
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