Horror films emerge as best political commentary of our times

At a moment when so much seems beyond control — when even the politically disengaged have spoken of the Trump era as a scary, dystopian time — clever uses of horror can actually be therapeutic. They’re like tiny valves that allow steam to escape on screen while a variety of pressures simmer in the real world.
“Ready or Not,” Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s new horror-comedy, joins a growing bloc in that horror-with-political-messaging genre — specifically about greed and parasitic 1 percenters.

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“I think one of the reasons why we’re seeing this theme specifically continue to pop up in recent genre movies is that there’s a lot at work right now culturally. … There are a lot of people that just want to f***ing scream right now. There’s a lot of rage, and a lot of anger, and a lot of fear,” Gillett recently told Vanity Fair.

The movie’s premise is fairly simple if absurd (and telling): A new wife joins a board-game-dynasty family that’s “richer than God.” But, per family tradition, she has to play a game to join the blue-blooded brood — hers is hide-and-seek. The rest of the movie follows her as she attempts to evade the wealthy clan as its members — armed with bows and arrows and axes — turn their sprawling mansion into a hunting ground.

While the message of “Ready or Not” isn’t new, it is timely.

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  1. nscovell

    Horror is the best genre for social commentary. It goes all the way back to Shelley’s Frankenstein and its commentary on science. Which has been used so many times in books and film like Jurassic Park. I think horror is the best route for social commentary because it can deliver a message yet at the same time be an entertaining film. Its cool that people can see the messages in Romero’s Living Dead series. Civil rights, materialism and big government. Yet its perfectly fine to see them as fun gore fests.

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