The horror genre has been around for some decades now. While there’s the occasional original entry, there are dozens of rip-off films that ride the coat tales of the more successful ones. It’s how Halloween is to Friday the 13th, Jaws is to Orca, Gremlins is to Ghoulies, and Scream is to Urban Legend.

Not that it’s a bad thing. Cinema is, after all, an art form that’s always been inspired by its own creation. Making movies is a formula and one that’s often repeated from what’s proven to be successful. Case in point is Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, which can be added to this subcategory of “rip-offs”. This story of a deadly game of truth or dare plays out like It Follows from a few years ago.

Throw in the creative deaths of films like Final Destination and Saw and you have the potboiler Truth or Dare. The end result of Blumhouse’s film is a little mixed with its scares but still manages to be entertaining enough thanks to its charismatic leads.

The story follows a group of friends. There’s the raven-haired beauty Olivia (Lucy Hale), the cozy couples Lucas and Markie (Tyler Posey and Violett Beane) and Penelope and Tyson (Sophia Hale, Nolan Gerard Funk). The dorky bro Ronnie (Sam Lerner), and token gay Asian friend Brad (Hayden Szeto) round out the group. The gang goes to spring break together in Mexico as one last hurray before they graduate college. It’s almost a rule of the movies that all spring break trips never leads to anything good, and the result of their poor decisions are a doozie when they are lead to an abandoned church by a mysterious stranger named Carter (Landon Liboiron). Carter asks if they want to play a drinking game, and quickly suggests truth or dare.

The dares start innocent enough with girl-on-girl kissing, drunken lap dances until the truth bomb comes out when Markie is asked if she has ever noticed that Olivia is in love with her boyfriend. When its Carter’s turn he’s asked what his intentions with Lucy are, and his bombshell answer is chilling. Saying he picked Olivia because she was an easy target and that he lured them out to the church to play the game because he doesn’t want to die, and has no problem watching strangers die in his place.

With its premise set up, you can probably guess where the story is headed when the innocent game proves to deadly when the friends start to die when it keeps going after getting home from Mexico. The supernatural effect of how the truth or dares are revealed is one of the better effects of the film. In which everything turns surreal, and someone asks the question with an almost Willem Dafoe-esque smile. When Lucy has caught onto the deadly game that keeps following them she and the remaining friends must figure out how to stop the cycle before they all end up dead. A murky back-story of the game is explained with clunky exposition, but it only brings up more questions than it answers.

And forget about always picking truth. The game doesn’t look too kindly on finding ways around the deadly dares with a hidden rule of after picking two truths a dare defaults. Look for deadly setups for not playing along with a la Final Destination, while the friend’s scramble to figure out their next move.

The movie while entertaining, and almost recalling the guilty pleasure horror films from the 80s, it’s hard not to look past that similar films have done these types of setups better. It Follows is the glaringly obvious source material here, which a supernatural force follows a young woman after a sexual encounter in a never-ending circle until the person ‘It’ was following has died. While that film nailed its bleak tone more successfully, Truth or Dare attempts to do something similar but falls flat most of the time. Which is disappointing. After all with Blumhouse’s slick resume of films, one does expect it rise to the occasion. In the end Truth or Dare really doesn’t offer anything new to horror. It’s still a fun enough ride, and its mean-spirited Twilight Zone ending will no doubt lead to lively discussions when exiting the theater.