As I mention to directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, and executive producer Chad Villella, as someone who isn’t a huge horror movie fan, I wasn’t, let’s say, looking terribly forward to Ready or Not. But, yes, it quickly won me over and, honestly, I think it’s one of the funniest, if not the funniest, movie of 2019.
It’s a chilling premise and a pretty classic horror movie setup: On the night of her wedding, Grace (Samara Weaving) must play “a game” with her new very wealthy in-laws, as a ritual of sorts to truly join the family. To do this she must pick a card at random that chooses the game. Most of the games are benign, but if hide and seek is chosen, well, that’s bad. And, no, it wouldn’t be much of a movie if that’s not what she picks – which sets off a bloody, gory romp where the stakes are either Grace is killed or the rest of the family dies in some mysterious way, or at least that’s what legend says.
But instead of straight horror, comedy ensues because no one in the family – which includes Andie MacDowell, Adam Brody, and Henry Czerny – has done this before so, of course, they are all quite bad at it.
Ahead, the team that created Ready or Not explains why they wanted to make something that’s not a typical horror movie, and why it’s so important to them that a prestige studio like Fox Searchlight is putting this out.
I am not a horror fan, but I love this movie.
Tyler Gillett: Well, you have great taste! I would say we very intentionally wanted to make a film that wasn’t just one thing. So, I would say, one of the things that we’re most proud of is that it is a film. It is a story that hopefully is going to resonate with audiences beyond just the sort of horror niche. And, hopefully, we’ll capture their interest as well. But for us, we think there are ideas that are a little bit larger than just jump scares and gore.
I’ve never been a jump scare fan, the horror I like is more like Poltergeist. But, honestly, this might be the funniest movie I’ve seen this year. Though, maybe you don’t want that quote on a poster.