Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett
Written by Guy Busick & R Christopher Murphy
Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell, Melanie Scrofano, Kristian Bruun, Elyse Levesque, Nicky Guadagni.
Grace (Weaving) has just married the love of her life Alex (O’Brien), who has been absent from his uber wealthy Le Domas family for years. Having acquired their fortunes from generations past, most notably board games, they are notoriously unique in their own way.
On the night of the ceremony, she discovers an ancient tradition that each new member of the family must become involved in; Game night. When her random choice of game is chosen as Hide and Seek, little does she know that when she is found, her new in laws won’t just find her, they will kill her too. She now has until dawn to win the game, or the family’s long time ‘promise’ might be broken.
Pretty quick to get going, – but once it does it gets going it gets going, with plenty of over the top violence that would make Quentin Tarantino giggle with glee. The narrative doesn’t give too much away too soon in way of the mythology of the family either.
There are some fairly humorous parts within the violence, and whether you think that the third act reveal of the family’s traditions work or not is up to individual interpretation. (I was not a big fan of the ‘supernatural’ element so it didn’t work for me). I didn’t hate it though.
If you like the gore/horror of the late 90s early 00’s then this will be right up your alley, and might bring some nostalgia. The directors would go on to direct the 5th Scream movie a couple of years later (which I have previously reviewed).