Are you tired of the same old Hollywood horror movies? It seems that each year, moviegoers are flooded with these so-called frightening films that feature cookie-cutter characters we never care about.
Then there’s the fact that these typical scary flicks only provide jumpscares the audience can see from a mile away. People love to get scared, but they should also get their money’s worth. Well, it seems that there is hope — and it’s called Ready or Not.
A Critical and Box Office Success
Ready or Not didn’t have the hype to make a hundred million dollars in its first week at the global box office. IT Chapter Two and Jordan Peele’s Us had plenty of buzz for either being a sequel or a director’s sophomore film.
And when you don’t have the money or the celebrity power to promote your film, it’s not unusual to feel worried.
Yet Ready or Not didn’t flop at the box office. As of September this year, the film had already earned $39.94 million — a third of which comes from outside the US.
Maybe that doesn’t look commendable to some horror aficionados. After all, films in The Conjuring or the Paranormal Activity franchise earned more than that in their first week.
But Ready or Not only had a $6 million budget. It earned more than six times what it spent. So while it doesn’t compare to the big-budget horror flicks, it’s still worth praising.
A Different Kind of Hide-and-Seek
But why should people see Read or Not? Well, it’s not only a great example of horror — it’s an amazing film that even those who aren’t horror fanatics should consider seeing. It is fun and bloody violent.
Ready or Not is a unique kind of hide-and-seek game. Sure, there are so many horror movies set inside houses and where an individual has to survive against many killers.
But Ready or Not invested in its settings and characters. You do care about the main character and you want her to survive.
It’s not just a boring old house — it’s a huge, creepy mansion filled with archaic weapons. The characters go from funny to demented and the bloody scenes are remarkable.
Bound to Be a Cult Classic
Ready or Not is a well-paced, violent, and hilarious movie. It didn’t make a ton of money at the box office.
But you know what? So did cult classics like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 500 Days of Summer, and Blade Runner, to name a few. None of them earned past $70 million.
It will take time, but Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Ready or Not will get more fans. It’s enjoyable whether you’re alone in a dark room or hanging out with friends on a Friday night.
Moreover, certain scenes are so fun that you wouldn’t mind watching the movie again. People will talk about IT Chapter Two, Zombieland: Double Tap and Doctor Sleep for the remaining year.
Still, we’re confident that Ready or Not will build in popularity over the years because it deserves praise — and people deserve good horror.