Ready Or Not (2019)

Matt Bittenelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett direct Samara Weaving, Adam Brody and Andie MacDowell in this black horror comedy where a new bride finds herself being hunted down on her wedding night by the wealthy family she has just married into.

A high concept treat that does exactly what it says on the tin. As the poster promises you get a blood spattered bride turning the tables on the fucked-up elite. Like the Happy Death Day movies it is a pitch I should really love but there’s something in the execution that holds me back from fully embracing it. The scares aren’t quite impactful enough, the satire proves a bit one-note. Some decent gore aside, I’d say the strongest flavour is our game female lead who transcends type (a Happy Death Day comparison again!). Samara Weaving is seductively foul mouthed and raggedy as her nightmare night progresses. Despite slight reservations I should say the adventure reaches a solid punchline too. You’ll gasp and giggle in the closing moments. Very good but not quite a new classic.


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