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Old 09-25-23, 01:27 AM
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These "October Horror Movie Challenge" threads are for the discussion of the films in the 31 FILM SUBSET list.

The plan is for everyone to watch this film on the October day in the thread title, and to start discussing it the morning of the following day.
You may start discussion early if you want, but the preferred plan is for this to be as much of a group exercise as possible, with all of us viewing it "together" and discussing after.

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Old 10-01-23, 04:22 PM
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Re: "Ready or Not" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

I had a couple of friends over last night, and they ended up picking this one. It wasn't my first time watching it, but it held up really well for me. I think it straddles the comedy and horror line pretty well. I really like the ending. It gives you that very real moment where you realize that the curse isn't real, only to have it be upended when they all start to explode one by one. It's a fun time.
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At first I didnt like Ready or Not; it seems weird but not quite outlandish enough and the tone is strange - but it's gutsy conclusion excuses some of the setup. We really really need more films where people explode.
This is definitely a film you could fast forward through. The Most Dangerous Game is an excellent film/premise but it's been done better before and here the premise is so forced with humor more annoying than funny. Samara Weaving though has a great presence with a brilliant mix of bewildered victim but never too helpless. The glorious exploding people aside one of the best parts of RoN is the contrast of murder gore and sorrowful hesitance (when is comes down to it few are gleeful) which is surprisingly unique for the genre.

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Old 10-28-23, 12:25 AM
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Re: "Ready or Not" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

I won't just sit here and bash it for every reason, but I fucking hated this movie. I did go in with high expectations due to the rave reviews I was seeing for it and its rather high overall IMDB score. I wasn't a fan of the trailer, and I should have known better that this would not be my kind of movie.

For one, I didn't buy into the premise at all. For two, the movie is played like a farce, and I completely despise farcical movies. Never have liked them and this one was no different. This movie was definitely the biggest disappointment of the entire challenge for me. I would rather watch Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout and Terror At Tenkiller back-to-back for all eternity than have to watch this movie again. Fucking ugh. Yes, I hated this movie that much.

My rating: 1/2 a star out of *****
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Old 10-31-23, 02:44 AM
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Re: "Ready or Not" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

Everyone should see Ready or Not (at least it's conclusion) once; but having seen it once already I got the subset out of the way earlier so I wouldnt have to end the challenge with one so lukewarm.
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Re: "Ready or Not" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

I seem to be in the minority because I think this movie is a hoot! It balances the horror and comedy elements, and the ending is hilariously gross, with one of the best movie closing lines, "In-laws." Although it's obvious Mr. LeBail is the Devil it's never spelled out that his name is an anagram for Belial.

Also, if you think about it, the bride had a narrow escape--what if her assigned game was Parcheesi or Go Fish? She would have had an uneventful wedding night, become enslaved by Satan, and eventually get popped like a blood bubble.
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Re: "Ready or Not" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

I love this movie so much! I'm surprised some of ya'll hated it. I guess the humor is right up my alley. Samara Weaving is always magnetic on screen, and she's such a hoot here when she gets her badass on. Plus, seeing a bunch of rich white people explode is simply a good time. I saw this when it first came out and loved it - gave it a 9/10. It held up really well for me.
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Re: "Ready or Not" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

I was confused the first time I watched this. Was Hide and Seek the only deadly game?

I really love this movie, and my wife was very excited to hear it was the November 1 pick. Grace is a real badass and for me, this movie was a delight and just flew by.
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Re: "Ready or Not" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

I always assumed that hide and seek was the only dangerous game but donít know if that is ever specifically said,

Im also surprised by some of the hate for this one. Itís not my favorite horror movie from the last 10 years (probably Babadook) but is my most rewatched.
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Re: "Ready or Not" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

Originally Posted by WillieMLF
I was confused the first time I watched this. Was Hide and Seek the only deadly game?

I really love this movie, and my wife was very excited to hear it was the November 1 pick. Grace is a real badass and for me, this movie was a delight and just flew by.
I think they at least imply that Hide and Seek was the only deadly game. There is a segment just before the game is picked that seems to suggest this - I think the brothers are talking and one reassures the groom chances of deadly stuff is slim.
I'll admit sometimes when a movie confuses me or I want to check a plot point I find that Wikipedia often has pretty specific details synopsis and Wikipedia also states:
"Alex reveals that his family is cursed: if the new member draws the Hide-and-Seek card, the rest of the family has to find and ritually sacrifice them before dawn or they die instead. The deadly game was last played by Helene's husband, Charles."
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