READY OR NOT ***
Dir: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett (18, 95 mins)
A quick and nasty black comedy horror that doesn’t hold back on the gore, Ready Or Not has Samara Weaving’s Grace marrying into a very odd family – the Le Domas. They are super rich with a penchant for playing games: at the stroke of midnight on her wedding day, Grace gets to choose between hide and seek, and consequently must stay hidden till dawn, if she can. Unfortunately, her in-laws, including Andie MacDowell, Henry Czerny and Adam Brody, have another agenda: her death and a nasty sacrificial ritual to preserve their family status. Husband Mark O’Brien tries to help, but what ensues is a bout of cat and mouse, with the privileged, big game hunting family using an array of weapons to try and off their new relative. A claustrophobic house-hunting thriller with its tongue firmly in its cheek, this has some inventive shocks, as the bride gradually fights back against her pursuers and the body count rises. An effective B-movie horror.
Opens Sept 27