“Ready or Not” (Fox Searchlight)
By Catholic News Service
Thoroughly unpleasant horror fantasy, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, about a bride (Samara Weaving) who belatedly discovers that one of her wealthy groom’s (Mark O’Brien) ancestors long ago made a devilish pact that could have fatal consequences for her. The terms of the Faustian bargain by which the clan obtained their fortune dictate that, on her wedding night, she play a murderous game of hide and seek during which her new hubby’s relatives (most prominently Adam Brody, Henry Czerny and Andie MacDowell), motivated by the belief, derived from family lore, that if she survives until dawn they will all die a ghastly death, pursue her through their vast mansion.
Screenwriters Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy imbue the proceedings with pitch-black humor, but also consider outrageous gore part of the fun. Thus the violent encounters among in-laws become increasingly gruesome in the lead-up to a climactic sequence that must be among the bloodiest ever filmed.
Excessive gory violence, drug use, about a dozen profanities, pervasive rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.