Ready or Not

Ready or Not ★★★★

Comedy horror films have certain films that they will always be measured against. Shaun of the Dead, Scream, Zombieland, even An American Werewolf In London, that's the mark they have to try and emulate, and very few do. I've had fun this year with Satanic Panic, What We Do In The Shadows, and The Babysitter and it's sequel, so when I saw that Samara Weaving was leading the line in Ready Or Not, I was fairly certain that this would probably be my sort of film.

LB pal Pilgrm's (Special Agent Cooper) review finally persuaded me to give this one a shot, and he was right, this is right up my street. Families can be fucked up sometimes, but when you marry into money and then they want to hunt and kill you on your wedding night, then it makes a few unwanted wedding gifts seem meaningless. Weaving's Grace was expecting a different kind of pummelling on her wedding night than what she got here. Finding out her new in-laws have her lined up as a ritual sacrifice to Satan takes the shine off of marrying into a wealthy family. It's a scenario we've seen a few times now, but this one is done with such humour and badassery from Weaving that you can't help but be sucked into the thrill of the chase here. It helps that she's sarcastic, spunky, and full of attitude, and when the time comes to fight back, she does it with bells on. She's also up against some rich idiots who cannot help but fuck up either, bringing yet more laughs and gore, everything from goat pits to errant crossbow bolts, the punching of children to exploding rich folk, this had everything I could have wished for and more.

There's a really terrific screenplay on show here, and actors who totally embraced what directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett were going for here. I pissed myself laughing at this, the most fun I've had with one of these sort of films for ages, and Weaving is definitely one I'll watch with interest. Credit is due too to supporting players like Andie MacDowell, Adam Brody, and Henry Czerny, who upped the fun factor considerably, but this was Weaving's proper arrival as the leading scream queen of the 2020's.

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