19 Aug 2019s Ready or Not
2019s Ready or Not
2019s Ready or Not, co-directed by by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, stars Samara Weaving as Grace, a young woman on her wedding day. Grace is marrying Alex, portrayed by Mark O’Brien, who comes from a large powerful family who are wealthy due to gaming, among other investments.
Grace’s moment of joy is quickly ruined when she learns that she must play a game, as is required by all new members of the family, and her game turns out to be hide and seek. Being that I keep my reviews as spooler-free as possible, I’ll leave it with “things don’t go as planned.”
Samara Weaving has really found her space in the horror genre, and I think this is her best performance. There was a really well done mixture of humour, horror and fear in her performance. Her fear was believable.
Something that bugs me in horror movies in when the characters recover so unbelievably quickly from a traumatic event, whether it be injury, disbelief or fear. When Grace first discovers what is really going on, her fear and grief is believable. Throughout the whole film, she just did a good job. I’m so impressed by her the past few years.
The rest of the cast was great as well. Aunt Helene was cracking me up the first act of the movie. There was some really laugh out loud scenes, and you could ask my wife: I don’t laugh out loud very often.
There were a few homages to some of the great horror films as well, and I don’t want to give them away just yet; I’ll wait and see if anyone else catches them.
For the first act and a half, I was really hoping for more gore and in your face gore, and fortunately we got a little bit more of that as the film went on. It could have kept going, which could have really elevated this.
As we are about to wrap up the film, they nailed something that always drives me crazy: there was actual Latin in the film. So many movies will use some weird fake language during rituals or religious stuff, when they could just use an actual language.
Finally, and I’ll leave out the details, but the ending was such a nice treat. You didn’t think it was going this way, and then it did. That’s all I’ll say.
Ok, so in summary, this is no question the best horror-comedy of the year. This year has been a little light on the horror comedies, and this one nailed it. Also, this is going to rank up pretty high for me in rating as I just had a great time watching this movie. After watching Nekrotronic last week, and now this, I really got a good dose of movies that were just fun to watch. Great replay value as well, and I’m sure I’ll purchase this one when it comes out.
Thanks again to the Mile High Horror Film Festival for making this showing happen tonight, and so glad they’re back.