By now you have (hopefully) rushed out to see “Ready or Not,” one of the very best horror movies of the year and a much-needed end-of-summer blast that doesn’t feature a single, solitary superhero. And if you have, well, this is the article for you. If you haven’t seen “Ready or Not,” turn back now, because we’re going to get spoiler-y.
LAST (SPOILER) WARNING.
Great! When we sat down with the filmmaking collective known as Radio Silence (“Ready or Not” directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Opin and producer Chad Villella) and talked about all the things that we really couldn’t talk about before the movie was released, including the movie’s surprise supernatural elements, why Grace got the “Hide and Seek” card, and what they’d originally planned for a post-credits reveal.
How did you manage the integration of the supernatural elements?
Matt: We discussed it endlessly and for us it felt like if we're going to go there and be able to say the things we're saying, we should go there and say the things we're saying right. And not hide behind the I don't know. And it just felt to us like at the end of the day that there was only one way to do that. And that's what you see in the movie.
Tyler: And the conceit of the game is there's only one winner. And so delivering on the promise of that, we felt like we had to go there.
There’s some doubt there.
Chad: That's something new that you get to live in for a little bit. You have to have that conflict and the characters actually get to look it up and you know, Fitch even Googles it on his phone to see if it's really right. But it's fun to have to explore the conversation of whether or not something is supernatural in the movie.
Tyler: That is a big conversation that all the characters are having, they're all at different levels of belief about the ritual of what the game is.
Matt: A big part of the engine or like the second and third act is, Is this real? Does this matter?
Did you talk about why she got the card?
Tyler: The way that we framed it, Charles in the teaser meets his demise via the game, so he presumably drew the hide and seek card. And Grace drew the same card. And the idea is that both of those characters are too good to marry into this family. They don’t belong in the ugliness.
Do you have ideas for a sequel?
Matt: Guy and Ryan wrote a end tag for the movie to play after the credits that took place at some nice hotel convention center thing where you follow these two like rich dudes into this convention hall where you realize it's like a Le Bail foundation and that here are all the titans of industry gathering to tell their tales of Le Bail and it’s like, “Oh shit, there's 150 of these f*cking families.”
“Ready or Not” is in theaters now.