Ready or Not | Chicago Reader

Ready or Not

It is a truth universally acknowledged that in-laws are the worst. This sentiment is the foundation for Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s audacious horror-comedy. After marrying a sweet man, Grace (Samara Weaving) learns that in order to be indoctrinated into his wealthy family, she must play a game: not a traditional game like Chess or Old Maid but rather a game of hide and seek that turns deadly when she becomes the target of a long-awaited familial sacrifice. At times, you may have to suspend your disbelief, but the joy of Ready or Not is its willingness to be outlandish without compromise. Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett create a harmonious blend of genres that can too often feel at odds with one another: the elements of horror become the catalyst for comedic relief and vice versa. Weaving comes alive as a hilarious and deeply macabre play on the “final girl” archetype, and it's nothing short of cathartic to cheer her on and echo the rage that quickly consumes and empowers her.



  • Tyler Gillett


  • Samara Weaving
  • Adam Brody
  • Mark O'Brien
  • Henry Czerny
  • Andie MacDowell


  • Guy Busick
  • Ryan Murphy


  • Brad Fischer
  • Chad Villella
  • Daniel Bekerman
  • James Vanderbilt
  • Tripp Vinson
  • William Sherak

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