New Blu-ray Releases Ready or Not

Since this column is bi-weekly, I tend to piece together releases for both the week the column runs and the week following. This latest entry has the distinction of having two films that are out this week, and two that are out next week. In other words, I’m helping you plan ahead. You’re welcome. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week (and beyond)!

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Ready or Not Influences

(Welcome to Classically Contemporary, a series where we explore the ways in which new releases echo classic Hollywood or how classic Hollywood continues to influence modern filmmaking.)

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a movie whose classic film influences were so prominent and varied (the last one would probably be A Simple Favor). That’s not to say there haven’t been other columns in this category that homage specific features, but Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Ready or Not seems to be directly speaking to a world of filmmaking that is obvious and multilayered. So let’s dive into just a few of the classic film homages you can find within Ready or Not.

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Ready or Not Final Girl

This post contains spoilers for Ready or Not.

At first glance, Samara Weaving’s character in Ready or Not looks like your run-of-the-mill horror movie “Final Girl.” White girl clad in a white dress who symbolizes some unattainable version of moral purity. Hell, her name’s even Grace.

Then the film consistently goes out of its way to combat the trope for the rest of its runtime.

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/Filmcast Ep. 531 – Ready or Not

ready or not review

David and Devindra debate the merits of Den of Thieves among other Gerald Butler movies. In Jeff’s absence, David step in for limerick duties for the feature review of the indie horror Ready or Not.

To wish Jeff a speedy recovery, send an audio message to slashfilmcast@gmail.com titled “Message to Jeff.”

Read the Ringer article on why Den of Thieves Is an Underappreciated Heist Movie Masterpiece here. Watch the video on the 24 transforming wedding dresses in Ready or Not here.

Listen and subscribe to David’s newest podcast Culturally Relevant. Check out Jeff Cannata’s D&D show Dungeon Run. Listen to David’s other podcasts The Sweet Smell of Succession with Tara Ariano and Write Along with writer C. Robert Cargill. Listen to Devindra’s podcast Know More Tech, answering your question on the latest gadgets.

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The Hunt Betty Gilpin

(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week’s column is a response to the recent shelving of a movie that’s been made previously many, many times before.)

As you’ve undoubtedly heard, a studio film scheduled for nation-wide release was recently pulled from Universal’s schedule in response to a tweet by the president and a vocal outcry by conservative pundits and followers. The detractors are misinformed as to the point of The Hunt (2019?) – and they seem to be equally oblivious as to how these films end (ie the intended targets defeat the merciless killers) – but the bigger head-scratcher is their general obliviousness that the film is just the latest variation in a long line of adaptations of “The Most Dangerous Game.”

Richard Connell’s acclaimed short story was published in 1924, and its tale of a man captured by a mad aristocratic sportsman and hunted as the most challenging prey quickly caught the public’s attention. The first adaptation for the screen arrived eight years later, and many more followed both official and unofficial including John Woo’s ridiculously fun Hard Target (1993), the soft-ish-core porn of The Suckers (1972), the Rutger Hauer-starring Surviving the Game (1994), and the gloriously bonkers Turkey Shoot (1982).

You know those, though, so I’m here to introduce some entertaining and/or engaging examples that you’ve probably missed over the years. The connective line between them is that, unlike a slasher where a killer stalks and kills unknowing victims, these Game riffs see people target and alert their prey for the clear intention of enjoying a hunt. So keep reading for the best “adaptations” of The Most Dangerous Game that you’ve probably never seen.

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ready or not review

At a time when cries of “eat the rich” are more welcome and necessary than ever – here comes Ready or Not. This bloody, funny horror-comedy takes direct aim at the ludicrously wealthy 1% who are happy to make others suffer in order to maintain their opulence. The script is never as clever as it could be, but that’s not an issue. Situations like this sometimes call for the blunt force trauma of a sledgehammer blow rather than a light elbow nudge to the ribs.

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Ready or Not Trailer

Becoming part of a new family through marriage can be a scary prospect. But it’s probably significantly worse when there’s a twisted tradition of having the newest member of the family partake in a deadly game in order to truly join the clan.

Ready or Not finds a young bride (Samara Weaving of the upcoming Bill and Ted Face the Music) marrying into a rich, eccentric family. After the wedding nuptials are complete, it seems like she’s successfully settled in with her husband’s relatives. But there’s one more tradition that needs to take place, and it will require her trying to survive until sunrise in a deadly game of hide and seek. See how bloody things get in the first Ready or Not trailer below. Read More »