Ready or Not ★★★★

The filmmaking collective of Radio Silence is probably still best known for having directed the most memorable segment from the 2012 found footage anthology V/H/S. While their feature debut Devil’s Due was released to a poor response in 2014, they bounce back with their follow-up Ready or Not. Despite having a horror premise, much is the plot is rooted firmly in comedy since the murderous inlaws tend to be quite incompetent at killing, such as Adam’s sister Emilie (Melanie Scrofano) accidentally killing maids or fellow family member Fitch (Kristian Bruun) looking up instructional videos about how to use a crossbow. In fact, the only family member who seems truly on board with this tradition is Adam’s comically evil Aunt Helene (Nicky Guadagni), who brandishes a mean axe.

Ready or Not continues the upward trajectory Australian actress Samara Weaving (niece of Hugo), who has previously shined in genre films, such as Mayhem and The Babysitter. She is joined by a stacked supporting cast of character actors, including Henry Czerny (Mission: Impossible), Adam Brody (The O.C., Jennifer’s Body), Mark O’Brien (Arrival), Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black), Nicky Guadagni (Cube), and Andie MacDowell, in what I believe to be one of her only horror film roles.

While I wouldn’t say that Ready or Not is a perfect film, it does ultimately end up being an enjoyable horror-comedy that delivers both on the laughs and the gore.

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