Recently, I was visiting a girlfriend in the city and we decided to see a movie. We wanted to see the recently released “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” mostly for nostalgic reasons, but we decided to try our luck with the dark comedy/horror “Ready or Not,” initially released on Aug. 21.

Going into the film, my expectations were low, and they are low most of the time when it comes to horror films. As a horror film fan, and fan of film in general, I have seen all types and styles of movies, different stories, characters, scares, haunts, creeps, ghouls, and gore, some of which I never need to experience again.

Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olphin and Tyler Gillett, “Ready or Not” offers a lot: beautiful styling, a gorgeous home setting, humor, intensity, gore, the occasional F-bomb, and sacrifices. What’s not to love?

It is a familiar story: A young couple in love, Grace and Alex, played by Samara Weaving and Mark O’Brien, decide to go to the Le Domas family mansion, which is oozing with affluence and snobbery, to tie the knot in front of friends and the somewhat disapproving La Domas family, played by Andi MacDowell (the matriarch), Henry Czerny (the patriarch), and Adam Brody (the somewhat understanding brother).

After the ceremony and reception, the new bride is asked to partake in a simple game as part of a “family tradition.” As she draws the fateful “Hide and Seek” card, Grace is taken on a whirlwind ride of humor and eventually fear as she must hide from all of her newly acquired family members, who have, unbeknownst to her, loaded up on weapons and intend to kill her if she is found.

Production wise, the film has loads of potential. The home where the story takes place is a classic style mansion that is complete with a system of hidden tunnels for the various maids and butlers to use (perfect for any creepy game of hide and seek, with or without murder), a large kitchen, a huge courtyard on a seemingly endless chunk of property and a barn (which happens to be full of goats and dead bodies). I could go on forever. Special effects-wise, it was believable. Arterial spray and blood splatter looked accurate, wounds looked real, you feel the pain behind Samara Weaving’s screams as she fights for her life, and you begin to feel the stress and pressure that this family feels to “keep up appearances,” so to speak. And, of course, the fake blood was spot on. This is particularly noticeable in the end sequence, which I will not spoil for anyone.

But what is this movie really telling us? Be wary of who you choose to spend your life with? ie: make sure they aren’t going to try and kill you? Or is it more a cautionary tale of what wealth can do to people, and how they might do whatever they think will help them keep it?

The viewer realizes that they cannot escape staring at these wealthy weirdos who believe in some terrifying truths, and will do whatever they can to keep their “perfect” status and extravagant lifestyles.

I would recommend this film to horror and non-horror fans alike, but definitely not those who are under the age 17. There is a reason it is rated R. There are sequences of bloody violence and bloody images, language throughout, drug use and there are even some good jokes.

“Ready or Not” is a solid 7.5 out of 10. It seems familiar, but there is something there that will keep bringing viewers back. Watch it again after some time has passed, or, when you get too stressed about planning your upcoming nuptials and want to think about the fact that your future in-laws (hopefully) don’t wish you dead.

Kelsey Shelton is a movie and pop culture enthusiast who wants everybody to have a good time, branch out and watch something they never thought they would, and enjoy cinema for all it has to offer. She loves all genres and believes that films must be appreciated for what they are, whether they be good, bad, or ugly.