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Truth or Dare

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  • Theatrical Version
  • Extended Director's Cut
Release: Aug 16, 2018 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB

Truth or Dare  - The next run-of-the-mill horror for today’s youth

The Blumhouse studio’s strategy to produce films for often less than five million Dollars is working exceptionally well. Of course, larger productions such as Glass are granted a bigger budget but the basic recipe almost always cooks up a considerable profit. Truth or Dare is no exception here. Made for $3.5 million, it hauled in 41 million in US cinemas alone and 93 in total worldwide. Viewers obviously didn’t mind being served with a rather generic and predictable horror film.

Extended Director’s Cut uncovers extensive censorship for Truth or Dare’s PG-13 rating

What surely helped to reach this result was its teenager-friendly PG-13 rating. And as we can now see by comparing it to the Unrated Extended Director’s Cut, which is included on the home video releases, it was censored quite a bit for that rating. Basically all aspects that the MPAA doesn’t like too much in PG-13 films was toned down or replaced: violence, language, sex and … drinking.

Truth or Dare is not necessarily a drinking game but we imagine that the editor was considerably pissed that more than half of the alterations he had to apply were made so that American teenagers don’t get too impressed by the frequently drinking characters in the movie. The author of this comparison certainly was pissed but that’s another story. Of course, there are even more extreme examples of this sort, e.g. the 1998 comedy Can’t Hardly Wait that has a relatively important character entirely removed because she was constantly drunk (and since no Unrated Cut came out later, it stayed this way forever). But apart from that, Truth or Dare offers various censorship types such as the usage of harmless alternate material, CGI blood removal or simple cuts. The Unrated Cut is, of course, the superior version of this rather cardboard-cutout movie.

Comparison between the Theatrical Version (PG-13) and the Extended Director's Cut (Unrated) (both included on the US DVD by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment).

35 differences, consisting of
23 scenes with alternate material
12 cuts

The Extended Director’s Cut runs 31.96 seconds longer than the Theatrical Version.

0:02:17: The screaming woman starts to burn.
1.48 sec.



Alternate Material
0:02:19: The Theatrical Version zooms in on Giselleís face a little bit and then skips to the filmís title. The Unrated shows how the burning woman screams in pain, runs out of the store and falls to the ground outside.
The Unrated runs 8.04 sec. longer

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
0:05:51: Too excessive alcohol consumption wasnít intended for PG-13 viewers. Thatís why only the Unrated shows Penelope taking a healthy sip from the bottle while the Theatrical Version shows her grinning with her sunglasses on.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
0:06:03: As Olivia asks Brad if heís straight, the PG-13 version has him answering "Yes, yes, yes!" while his reply in the Unrated is: "All poles no holes, you know that.". This alteration is not there to hide the fact that Brad is gay since that is an obvious subplot throughout the movie. It has to do with the rather raunchy pun heís making here that could rub the MPAA the wrong way.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
0:06:09: Again, the Theatrical Version tones down the drinking.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
0:08:03: Both versions use different takes of Markie. In the Unrated, she drinks from the bottle while she only holds it in her hands in the Theatrical Version.
The Unrated runs 0.52 sec. longer

Theatrical VersionUnrated



0:11:50: Carter grabs two beer bottles from the box and hands them over.
5.68 sec.



0:13:20: The beer bottle approaches the mouth. Is he really going to drink this POISON?
0.56 sec.



Alternate Material
0:13:30: Olivia drinks alcohol in the Unrated but not in the PG-13 version.
The Theatrical Version runs 0.6 sec. longer

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
0:14:11: Alcohol consumption in the Unrated? Yes. Alcohol consumption in the Theatrical Version? No.
The Unrated runs 1.56 sec. longer

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
0:14:29: Alcohol consumption in the Unrated? Yes. Alcohol consumption in the Theatrical Version? No.
The Theatrical Version runs 0.72 sec. longer

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
0:14:48: Alcohol consumption in the Unrated? Yes. Alcohol consumption in the Theatrical Version? No.
The Theatrical Version runs 0.6 sec. longer

Theatrical VersionUnrated



0:15:06: Wow. The Unrated features ONE MORE FRAME of Olivia leading the bottle to her mouth.
0.04 sec.



Alternate Material
0:15:54: Alcohol consumption in the Unrated? Yes. Alcohol consumption in the Theatrical Version? No.
The Theatrical Version runs 0.64 sec. longer

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
0:27:35: Ironically (!), the Theatrical Version prolongs the shot in which a young woman walks by and holds not one but two beer bottles in her hands. But unlike the Unrated, it doesnít feature Ronnieís vulgar pun: "You look like a girl who's good with balls."
The Theatrical Version runs 0.6 sec. longer

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
0:43:59: When we see Tyson from behind, the Unrated features a few CGI blood spurts while the PG-13 doesnít. The PG-13 also omits how he turns around and we see the pen in his eye, instead it pans directly to the shocked woman. When Tyson then hits his head against the wall and kills himself, only the Unrated shows blood on the wall.
The Unrated runs 1.92 sec. longer

Theatrical VersionUnrated



0:45:54: Why does everyone drink all the time? Again, it was cut.
4.56 sec.



0:46:40: The surveillance camera footage was also cut as the burning woman runs out of the store.
2.08 sec.



Alternate Material
0:50:23: The Unrated shows another sip from the bottle, the Theatrical Version features shocked stares.
The Unrated runs 2.96 sec. longer

Theatrical VersionUnrated



0:51:28: Too much drinking again for the PG-13. Here, the bottle is only allowed to go away from the mouth.
0.6 sec.



0:52:47: Cheers.
2 sec.



0:53:58: Every last drop.
0.84 sec.



Alternate Material
0:57:21: Only the Unrated shows blood as she is hit by the bullet.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionUnrated



0:57:47: The bloody headshot is only featured in the Unrated.
0.52 sec.



Alternate Material
0:57:51: Again, the bloody bullet wound is not visible in the Theatrical Version.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
0:58:02: And again.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
0:58:11: And once more.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
1:04:48: The sex scene isnít too racy in general but it was still toned down in the Theatrical Version which features more harmless material and even darkens the view of Olivias back in one shot in order to hide herÖ curves?
The Theatrical Version runs 6.84 sec. longer

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
1:18:07: When Brad gets shot, the Unrated features a little blood. The PG-13 doesnít.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
1:18:12: When Bradís father hugs him, the Unrated shows the bloody exit wound while the PG-13 doesnít.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
1:18:16: And again.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
1:18:25: Blood exits Bradís mouth. Not so in the Theatrical Version, though.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionUnrated



Alternate Material
1:18:29: And again.
No time difference


1:33:18: Sam aka Carter cuts his tongue and we see blood dripping.
1.76 sec.



1:33:59: Only the Unrated shows LucasĎ slit throat bleeding. The Theatrical Version doesnít feature blood and also partly zooms in on his face.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionUnrated