Recently, I have been getting into watching more horror content. Typically, I hate horror movies. I’m not a fan of the “gory / over the top” horror. This is why I never got into the Walking Dead or why I couldn’t watch past Saw II because it felt a little too gross for me. Ready or Not was recommended to me to watch because it had more humor in this film and it wasn’t over the top gore. Ready or Not is an intelligently written, black comedy, horror film.
Grace (played by Samara Weaving) is ecstatic to be marrying her husband, Alex Le Domas (played by Mark O’Brien). The Le Domases are extremely wealthy as they own the “Le Domas Family Games” company. After Grace and Alex get married, they are forced to sit down and play a game. Grace draws the “hide and seek” card which is the only card that forces the Le Domas family to kill the bride or groom to be. Grace doesn’t take hide & seek seriously until she sees a family member murder a maid. Grace has to fight the family and survive the night.
As I mentioned, I’m not into gore. There’s a little bit of gore because it is a horror movie, but not enough where I couldn’t watch the movie. I appreciate the anti-rich message in this movie. The reason why the Le Domas have their money is they agreed to participate in this game ritual. They don’t care about what they have to do to keep their wealth. Even Samara utters in the movie, “fucking rich people”.
Samara Weaving is amazing in this role. I rooted for her throughout the movie. When Grace sits outside the mansion as it’s up in flames smoking a cigarette, what an aesthetic. Adam Brody plays Daniel Le Domas and he was a great character to watch too. Supporting roles by Andie MacDowell, Henry Czerny and Melanie Scrofano help make this rich family be as evil as they are.
Ready or Not is a great film to play in a horror movie marathon in October. Another recommendation would be to play this movie as background noise during a board game night. Let me know in the comments if you have watched Ready or Not and what your thoughts are. Additionally, if you have horror movie recommendations that aren’t super gory, I’m happy to hear those recommendations as well.
4 thoughts on “Ready or Not”
This looked really interesting but I never got around to seeing it. I might have to give it watch soon. Nice post.
Yeah I really liked it. For my type of horror I’m into (usually I watch slasher films) this really worked for me. It was a little gory, but not too much where I couldn’t enjoy it.
Great review! I love Ready Or Not too. It had a great balance of comedy, action and intrigue. And Samara was fantastic too.
Samara did great. It was a well-made movie. I would definitely watch it again.