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Ready Or Not is a classic horror comedy. Don’t miss it, says Rashid Irani

A young bride is told she must participate in a traditional ritual in order to be accepted into her wealthy new family. The ritual, it turns out, is a lethal game of survival.

movie-reviews Updated: Sep 11, 2019 15:10 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
Samara Weaving makes for a compelling lead in a movie that’s bonkers, hilarious and makes for searing social commentary. Andie MacDowell and Henry Czerny, as her unhinged parents-in-law, are standouts too.
Samara Weaving makes for a compelling lead in a movie that’s bonkers, hilarious and makes for searing social commentary. Andie MacDowell and Henry Czerny, as her unhinged parents-in-law, are standouts too.
         
READY OR NOT
  • Direction: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett
  • Actors: Samara Weaving, Andie MacDowell

A spectacularly entertaining horror-comedy, Ready Or Not lends renewed lustre to an increasingly disreputable genre. Co-directed with cinematic panache by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the alternately harrowing and humorous tale tops – and then some – the overhyped wannabe frightmares which routinely unspool at the multiplexes.

Abandoning cheap scare tactics in favour of an assault on the culture of the privileged, the premise of this chiller is straightforward enough: A young bride (Samara Weaving) is informed by her batshit crazy in-laws that she must participate in a traditional ritual in order to be accepted as a member of her wealthy new family.

All hell breaks loose when the unsuspecting young woman finds out that what she’s actually involved in is a lethal game of survival. Undeterred by the arsenal of weapons wielded by the pursuing relatives, she struggles, determined to stay alive.

The bride is pursued, in the crazy game, by relatives armed to the teeth. The blood-letting, it must he said, is not for the faint-hearted.
The bride is pursued, in the crazy game, by relatives armed to the teeth. The blood-letting, it must he said, is not for the faint-hearted.

The gore quotient is ramped up in a series of comically bonkers set-pieces. The blood-letting, it must he said, is not for the faint-hearted.

Samara Weaving makes for a compelling lead. As her unhinged parents-in-law, Andie MacDowell and Henry Czerny are standouts too.

The proceedings culminate in a sequence of Grand Guignol excess. As for the film’s final dialogue exchange with a policeman who wants to know what the hell just happened, the one-word response (no, we’re not revealing it) is for the ages.

Glory in Ready Or Not, a minor gem that deserves the status of cult classic.

First Published: Sep 11, 2019 15:10 IST