Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have crafted an interesting and fun horror movie about love, family, and the dangers of selling your soul.
Grace (Samara Weaving) is getting married, it was a whirlwind romance and now its her wedding day. She is nervous about fitting into the family and wants to please her new in-laws and prove it’s true love and she’s not after the sizable family fortune. Samara Weaving plays her part perfectly, she is the best part of this movie. There is no doubt that this is her coming out party, we will be seeing her around a lot more.
Her soon to be husband (Mark O’Brien) shows a bit of trepidation before the ceremony, even saying they could leave now if she wanted, but she reassures him with a kiss and the wedding begins. As we get introduced to the various family members you can tell there is tension and a groom who is holding something back, and what he is holding back is a doozy. The family money comes from their board gaming empire, or dominion as they like to call it. The family made a deal with the Devil, literally. Now they must make a blood sacrifice when he sees fit so they can continue to lounge in their wealth. On the evening of a new member being introduced to this empire, a game must be played. The premise is simple, survive the night. The stakes are much higher, if she is found she becomes a blood sacrifice to Satan, but if she wins the family all dies.
From this launching point we are thrust into a game of Hide and Seek. It’s part Clue, part horror, and all fun. The leader of the family is the father (Henry Czerny) who squeezes everything he can out of his scenes, but the most fun to watch is Adam Brody who plays the alcoholic brother and really just wants the night to be over. The rest of the family is comprised of a coke addled sister Emilie (Melanie Scrofano), her bumbling husband (Kristian Bruun), Brody’s wife (Elyse Levesque), their mother (Andie McDowell), and lastly the always scorning evil Aunt (Nicky Guadagni). The cast is having a lot of fun here committing wholly to the insane premise and digging in.
As the bloody affair nears it’s crazy ending I can’t help but compare it to the more serious ‘elevated’ horror films that have come before it like Hereditary, The VVitch, and Midsommar. It has just enough gravitas and candle soaked corridors to lift it to another level. I can comfortably say that this will slide perfectly into your Halloween rotation, don’t miss it!