Film Review: Ready or Not

Ready or Not is now in the cinemas ready to chill and thrill ahead of Halloween. Picture: IMDb

Ready or Not is now in the cinemas ready to chill and thrill ahead of Halloween. Picture: IMDb - Credit: Archant

Class warfare has long been explored in horror, with the likes of Brian Yuzna’s Society, Jordan Peele’s Us and now Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet’s Ready or Not offering wonderfully subversive, dark and humorous explorations of this theme.

The film sees Grace (Samara Weaving) marrying into the wealthy and eccentric Le Domas family who, as the family tradition dictates, force Grace to take part in a bizarre game-playing ritual.

What appears to be a quirky hide and seek is actually a deadly game of cat-and-mouse which the Le Domases are determined to win at any cost.

Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillet move their film along with a propulsive, intense energy interweaving biting social satire, jet-black comedy and wildly inventive blood-letting as Grace tries to avoid her demented in-laws, all the while allowing each character their moment to shine in the bloody melée.

What a wonderfully sinister, eclectic group of characters make up this dark, dysfunctional family; there's Henry Czerny's unhinged patriarch and Andie MacDdowell's cold mother, Nicky Guadagni's repulsive aunt, Melanie Scrofano's drug-addled sister and Mark O'Brien's kind-hearted groom to name but a few.

Best of the bunch is Adam Brody's oldest Le Domas sibling, Daniel, whose sardonic, alcoholic exterior masks something more human and decent.

This is Weaving's show however, delivering a pitch-perfect performance that captures the film's frequent shifts between comedy and horror.

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While some the dramatic beats in the final act are a little predictable, this is a wildly entertaining, hilarious and thrilling horror-comedy.

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