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(2019) (Samara Weaving, Mark O'Brien) (R)
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- QUICK TAKE:
- Horror/Black Comedy: Told she must play a random game to follow the tradition of marrying into a wealthy family, a young bride must contend with them wanting to kill her when she finds herself in a deadly version of Hide and Seek.
- After eighteen months of dating, Grace (SAMARA WEAVING) is marrying Alex Le Domas (MARK O'BRIEN), a young man who's been estranged from his family that built its immense fortune via board games. But as tradition would have it, the wedding must take place at the family estate where most of the members -- who are only now meeting Grace -- talk about her behind her back and question whether she's just a gold-digger. There's the head of the family, Tony (HENRY CZERNY), and his wife, Becky (ANDIE MacDOWELL), the latter of whom is one of the few who seems to like the new bride.
Also present are Alex's brother, Daniel (ADAM BRODY), who acts like he doesn't want to be there, and his wife, Charity (ELYSE LEVESQUE). Drugged up sibling Emilie (MELANIE SCROFANO) is there with her husband, Fitch (KRISTIAN BRUUN), while Aunt Helene (NICKY GUADAGNI) glares at Grace like she wants to kill her.
She gets her chance at just that when Grace is informed that family tradition dictates that she must play a randomly chosen game at midnight, something that seems benign at first. But when she ends up getting Hide and Seek, little does she know that their hunt for her will be literal -- as in they intend to find and maim her so that they can sacrifice her before dawn the next morning. She's shocked when she realizes what's occurring and that Alex knowingly invited her there, but he says he didn't know that's the game she'd select and that if he didn't marry her there, he'd be killed.
From that point on, he does what he can to try to get her out of the manor that's now been locked down by butler Stevens (JOHN RALSTON), all while the various family members come after her with murderous intent, forcing her to fight back.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Teens into outrageous horror flicks might show some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For violence, bloody images, language throughout, and some drug use.
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