Directed By: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Starring: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell, Melanie Scrofano, Kristian Bruun, Elyse Levesque, et.al.
On her wedding night, new bride Grace is informed by her husband, Alex, that, per family tradition, she must a game at midnight. Amused, she joins Alex’s family in their game room, where she is informed that gaming ritual is to appease “Mr. Le Bail,” who helped their family gain the fortune they currently enjoy. After pulling a card reading Hide and Seek from a box, she goes off in search of a place to conceal herself, unaware that her new in-laws are arming themselves with deadly weapons in order to sacrifice her to their mysterious benefactor. Upon learning the grisly truth, she finds herself in a life-or-death fight where she must try and live until sunrise.
One of the few movies that manages to find the balance between horror/thriller and comedy, this is a highly enjoyable watch. It takes on the absurdity of family tradition, particularly the amongst well-off, as well as what makes a person “fit” to join a family, and what some people are willing to sacrifice for money and power. Nearly all of the movie takes place in the Le Domas family mansion, and uses tendency of the rich to build “servant’s corridors” in their homes to its full advantage. Alex’s inner conflict between the family traditions he grew up with, and wanting to find his own happiness is shown to evolve throughout the movie. As for the actors, they all have decent chemistry and work well together.
What few special effects used are well done, and any background filler is unnoticeable.
This movie should appeal to anyone liking atypical horror/thrillers. While not terribly scary, there is quite a bit of blood, and there are one or two jump scares that work well. Anyone with young children may want to watch it first, as there is quite a bit of blood/gore, and the liberal use of adult language. The movie itself is incredibly rewatchable, and after the first viewing, doesn’t require too much attention.
Ready or Not is currently only available free to stream if you have HBO, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.
I’m always looking for new things to watch/read, so if you have a suggestion for me, just let me know!