Ready or Not: Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett’s Darkly Comedic Thriller

Fox Searchlight’s Ready or Not, a darkly comedic thriller about a diabolical game of hide-and-seek, debuts in 2,244 American theaters.

The low-budget film is expected to earn upwards of $6.5 million over the weekend and $8 to $12 million during its first five days of release.

Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, “Ready or Not” is a deranged black comedy, which offers audacious viewers some sadistic, and even subversive pleasures.

As co-written by Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy, Ready or Not takes a more fantasy-oriented and black comedy approach to hunting humans for sport

Samara Weaving plays Grace, a young bride who joins her new husband Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) and his rich, eccentric family in a game of hide-and-seek, where her in-laws attempt to find her before dawn.

When Grace realizes that the Le Domas family intends to hunt and kill her, she turns the one-sided hunt into a free-for-all, resulting in a “game” in which everyone fights for survival.

Contrasting marital versus familial loyalty, the R-rated thriller poses the question of would Alex turn against his own clan to help Grace? And if so, at what price and consequences.

Grace’s nocturnal journey unfolds as a series of unexpected diabolical rituals.

Smartly constructed, the narrative shows us the younger selves of the main protagonists: Grace, Alex, Daniel, and Becky.

Samara Weaving as Grace Le Domas
Adam Brody as Daniel Le Domas
Etienne Kellici as young Daniel Le Domas
Mark O’Brien as Alex Le Domas
Chase Churchill as young Alex Le Domas
Andie MacDowell as Becky Le Domas
Kate Ziegler as young Becky Le Domas

Henry Czerny as Tony Le Domas