Tyler Posey on ‘Truth or Dare’ and His Passion for Directing

     April 10, 2018

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Directed by Jeff Wadlow and produced by Jason Blum, the supernatural thriller Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare follows a tightly knit group of friends – Olivia (Lucy Hale), Lucas (Tyler Posey), Markie (Violett Beane), Brad (Hayden Szeto), Penelope (Sophia Ali) and Tyson (Nolan Gerard Funk) – on a trip to Mexico for their last undergraduate getaway, before they all go their separate ways. While there, they play what they think is a harmless game of Truth or Dare, but the game follows them home and forces them to keep playing, leading them to reveal truths that could turn their worlds upside down and carry out life-threatening dares, or they’ll suffer the consequences. 

At the film’s Los Angeles press day, Collider got the opportunity to sit down with actor Tyler Posey to chat 1-on-1 about how much fun he had on Truth or Dare, getting to film their own opening title sequence on their phones, why creepy can be scarier than bloody, bonding as a cast, the biggest challenge he had on the shoot, the most fun stunt sequence, how he found working under the Blumhouse model for filmmaking, whether he prefers truth or dare, when it comes to the game, and what he thought of the ending. He also talked about what he learned from making his directorial debut on Teen Wolf, experimenting with his friends, and how he hopes to direct again soon.  

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Collider:  It seems like it would be so fun to make a movie like this because you get to do all kinds of crazy things that you don’t normally get to do.  

TYLER POSEY:  Yeah, exactly! That’s why I like acting so much. That’s why I was so into Teen Wolf. I remember one of my first experiences, where I was like, “Wow, this show is cool! I get to do stuff that I would never get to do otherwise!” I got sprayed with a fire extinguisher and I was like, “When in the hell do people get to do that?!” It’s such a bizarre thing. You would never think about having fun while having that happen to you, but there are little experiences like that. I got to kick a door open in Truth Or Dare, and I’d never done before. How bad-ass is that?! There was a lot of elements to this movie that I thought were really, really, really fun. We got to go to Mexico and shoot the opening title sequence. I don’t know how many cast members can say that they filmed their own opening title sequence. We did a lot of really cool stuff in this film.  

When you signed on for this, did you know how much you’d actually get to do? Was all that stuff pretty much in the script, from the beginning, or did some of that evolve after?  

POSEY:  No, the script was pretty much set in stone by the time we got it. I don’t think it evolved too much. We did not know that we were going to film the opening title sequence. Jeff wanted us to go to Mexico, as a cast bonding trip, to get to know one another, so that the friendships felt really real. I think it was just an added bonus to possibly film our opening title sequence on our phones, to make it seem like we actually lived out that week in Rosarito, but it turned out to be really, really, really good, and we got great footage. Yeah, I don’t think that was ever expected that we were going to do that, but I don’t think anything else really evolved too much.  

This film has such a creepy tone to it, without even showing that much blood and gore.  

POSEY:  I know. I wish there was more blood, honestly. I had a great time on Teen Wolf, with all of the blood on that show. There was not enough blood for me. There’s definitely a lot of blood in the movie, but I wasn’t covered in it enough.  

I think it makes things even scarier, though, that you don’t see all of the gore.  

POSEY:  It’s way scarier! That’s what I think, too. I think scary movies are way scarier when there’s less to see, if that makes any sense.  

When you guys first got together, as a cast, did you have a moment when you realized that the friendship dynamic could really work?  

POSEY:  Yeah. You definitely don’t know how the dynamic is going to turn out. I was never really apprehensive and nervous about being able to find chemistry with this group, though. I feel like I’m pretty good at building chemistry with anybody, but it was seamless with this group. Everyone had the same sense of humor. Everyone was super talented and super passionate about this project and just really down to give it their all. I think we all just built a respect for one another. 

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