Ready or Not

Ready or Not ★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Grace (Samara Weaving) has just married into the wealthy Le Domas family via the youngest son Alex (Mark O'Brien ) who it seems has spent a lifetime trying to distance himself from his influential siblings.

Their wedding takes place in the families palatial mansion and that evening Alex informs Grace that she must take part in an age-old tradition established by the man who made the family fortune long ago Victor Le Domas, that being to draw a card and play whatever game is printed on it.

Grace draws 'Hide and Seek' which seems innocent enough but there's a twist in the tale. That being that the Le Domnas version of the old favourite is to hunt and kill whoever is 'hiding' before dawn using an assortment of crudely dated weapons or else they will all perish at the hands of a satanic curse.

Initially assisted by the crestfallen Alex, Grace is more or less out on her own as she is relentlessly pursued by the family patriarch Tony Le Domas (Henry Czerny), his somewhat reluctant wife Becky (Andie MacDowell), their cocaine-fueled daughter Emile (Melanie Scrofano), the bloodthirsty aunt Helene (Nicky Guadagni), enthusiastic inlaws Fitch and Charity (Kristian Bruun & Elyse Levesque) and the seemingly ambivalent older brother Daniel (Adam Brody).

All captured in dark silhouetted cinematography and executed in bloody aplomb by directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of the 'Radio Silence' production team who are no strangers to gory horror themes it's good fun for the most part albeit it's not quite as irreverent or smart as it wants to be.

The social commentary about the morally reprehensible behaviours of the rich and privileged is laid on thick here and draws marked comparisons with recent features such as 'Get Out' (2017) and in particular, You're Next (2011) - though I suppose that's not so recent anymore.

Featuring a compelling lead in Margot Robbie lookalike Samara Weaving who had previously impressed in another horror 'The Babysitter' (2017) as well as strong and humorous support across the board it's a pretty entertaining late-night beer and pizza movie that recycles a lot of things but does so with plenty of conviction even though the pace does stagger a few times.

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