In the horror comedy READY OR NOT – READY, SET, DEAD A crazy game of tag results in a fight to the death. A bloody bride stands in the way of their adversaries, who has absolutely no desire to be used for bizarre sacrificial rituals. There is also a winner: the audience. We reveal more about the film in our review.
… but suddenly the bride becomes the hunted!
The plot summary
The eccentric family, which firmly adheres to its time-honored traditions, made its fortune with board games. “The rich are really different,” warns Daniel (Adam Brody), the brother of Alex (Mark O’Brien), his future wife Grace (Samara Weaving) just a few hours before the wedding, but by then the wedding vows have already been spoken. The wedding goes according to plan. But she also has a surprise in store for the bride. Grace innocently joins her husband and her new family for a midnight game – a game that is a family tradition. As a new member of the Le Domas’, she must draw a card from a deck that determines what should be played. Without knowing that there is danger in the air, she chooses the rare “Hide and Seek” card. Grace only has a few moments left to leave Alex behind and hide somewhere on the property. Then the others fan out to find them before sunrise. Grace soon realizes, to her horror, that she is being hunted in a deadly game. Emotionally and physically challenged, Grace not only does everything she can to survive, but also tries to change the game once and for all – with all the means at her disposal.
Ready Or Not Movie Meaning & ending
The thing with horror comedies. Many of them don’t actually deserve the genre label. As a rule, the fusion of such different film species tends to be comedies peppered with horror elements. Let’s just take the already oversaturated segment of zombie films as an example: Hardly anyone would claim that productions like “Shaun of the Dead” or “Zombieland” actually live up to their promises of offering or triggering equal amounts of humor as well as horror or anxiety. Of course, that’s not a bad thing at first. Especially since horror and comedy couldn’t be further apart in terms of their intentions anyway. But it’s all the more impressive when a filmmaker actually manages to bring the two together harmoniously. The two directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett seem to have specialized in these difficult balancing acts. After their indie hit “Southbound,” which was acclaimed in aficionado circles, they present their next successful fusion of accurate punchlines and oppressive horror atmosphere with “Ready Or Not – Ready, Set, Dead,” in which the pitch-black gags are allowed to unfold just as much as they do bitterly evil premise in which nasty splatter moments and demon horror go hand in hand. And the whole thing is garnished with a spectacular finale that cannot be surpassed in terms of narrative consistency.
Everything is still fine at the wedding ceremony between Alex (Mark O’Brien) and Grace (Samara Weaving)…
It’s a bizarre starting situation that the makers have in store for their badass heroine: a wedding at a luxurious estate gets completely out of hand when the beautiful bride Grace is confronted with the strange ritual of her new family after the ceremony, which determines that their wedding night will consist of a presumably fatal game of hide-and-seek. At this year’s Fantasy Filmfest, Germany’s largest film festival for offbeat genre fare from the fields of horror, science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, “Ready or Not” was one of the most internationally successful entries to date among the crowd pleasers and caused a storm of enthusiasm among those with an affinity for blood Audience. Anyone who missed the event in their city will have the opportunity to see the equally amusing and quite brutal carnage through the magnificent castle in cinemas from September 26th – and the leading actress Samara Weaving, who is strongly reminiscent of Hollywood star Margot Robbie ( ” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) proves to be the biggest argument for it right from the start. How this one develops from a bride just longing for a romantic wedding to a tough fighter within an hour and a half is simply great and emancipatingly valuable cinema, because it’s only because tradition wants it that the pretty blonde is at the end of the film If someone is killed one day, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will put up with it so easily. Of course, it also fits perfectly into the picture that Grace’s wedding dress gradually turns red from its bright white.
In “Ready or Not,” a whole bunch of (would-be) aristocrats chase after an innocent-looking country girl – and it’s a lot of fun to see how the balance of power changes in just 90 minutes Minutes are postponed again and again until at some point the hunters themselves become the hunted. There are some clichés, especially about the nobility. While some belong to the blue-blooded family and never question the tradition for a second, and even develop a real bloodlust, those who have married themselves are beginning to doubt it more and more. And apart from that, there are also character types such as the clumsy, the nihilist or the one who doesn’t want to get his hands dirty – just as the situation requires. Of course, a profound character drawing looks different, but it is also simply useful for a film like “Ready Or Not”.
The film simply doesn’t need any more weight in terms of content. Especially since the directors themselves take no prisoners when it comes to the production. Despite its comedic tone, “Ready or Not – Ready, Ready, Dead” is clearly an adult film in which things get pretty violent with the help of hand-made trick effects. Sometimes Grace grabs a rusty nail unexpectedly, other times you can see in close-up how a piece of wire digs deep into her skin – not to mention the many headshots with a bow and arrow or, quite banally, a pistol. When it finally turns out how uncompromisingly the makers tell their story to the end, there was even applause from the audience at the Fantasy Film Festival in Cologne. Just this much: There is a very clear answer to the question of whether the snobby family is actually chasing a fantasy, or whether the big catastrophe will really follow if they cannot carry out the tradition of human sacrifice. Depending on your interpretation, both possible outcomes are equally devastating, because either way, the nobility in “Ready or Not” comes off anything but well, after all, spending an entire night chasing after a single person, murdering, without even knowing why. In the end, the laughter gets stuck in your throat, whether it’s the tough heroine or some of the slapstick moments.
Conclusion: With “Ready Or Not – Ready, Ready, Dead” Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett once again manage the great feat of staging a horror comedy that is equally incredibly fun, no less bloody and also quite scary Samara Weaving finally qualified for big roles as ‘Bloody Bride’.
“Ready Or Not – Ready, Set, Dead” can be seen in USA cinemas from September 26th.