UP-AND-COMER OF THE MONTH: MARK O’BRIEN ON ‘READY OR NOT’ AND ‘CITY ON A HILL’
I’ve wanted to write about Mark O’Brien all summer, ever since I fell for his turn as Jonathan Tucker‘s fuck-up of a brother, Jimmy Ryan, on the Showtime series City on a Hill, which just concluded its first season. As it so happens, the timing of that devastating episode coincided with the release of Fox Searchlight’s horror-thriller Ready or Not, in which he plays a groom whose wealthy family subjects his new bride to a twisted ritual. The two characters couldn’t be more different, but they serve to highlight O’Brien’s range as an actor, and that’s why he has earned Collider’s Up-and-Comer of the Month honors for August. READ MORE
The trailers and materials for READY OR NOT didn't prepare me for how suspenseful, scary and fun it is- smart, Samara Weaving is terrific in it! pic.twitter.com/Fglezl4fg8
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) August 20, 2019
FROM THE ROCK TO THE GOLDEN STATE: OSCAR WINNER ENDORSES MARK O’BRIEN’S NEW MOVIE
For actors with dreams in Newfoundland, Mark O’Brien has become the gold standard. More than a decade ago, he was involved in short film projects in St. John’s. Now, he’s starring in Ready or Not, a wide-release Hollywood film – and industry titans are taking notice.
“The trailers and materials for READY OR NOT didn’t prepare me for how suspenseful, scary and fun it is,” said Guillermo Del Toro, Oscar-winning filmmaker, on Twitter. READ MORE
‘READY OR NOT’ FINDS $2 MILLION ON OPENING DAY
Horror movie “Ready or Not” scared up a $2 million opening day at 2,244 North American locations as Fox Searchlight got a two-day jump on the weekend.
The figure includes $730,000 from Tuesday night previews. “Ready or Not” centers on a bride’s wedding night turning deadly when her new in-laws force her into a strange game of hide and seek. Samara Weaving stars as the bride who marries into a rich family. READ MORE
REVIEW: READY OR NOT IS A DARK HORROR COMEDY WITH THE OBLIVIOUSLY RICH IN ITS CROSSHAIRS
A wealthy family goes hunting — and the prey fights back. Hell is other (rich) people in Ready or Not, a deliciously mean dark horror comedy about a wedding night gone very wrong. It’s not particularly subtle, nor should it be; Ready or Not is a movie to watch when you’re mad.
Particularly if you’re mad about the rent being too damn high, or your Sisyphean mountain of student debt, or just income inequality in general. Ready or Not is better as horror than social commentary, but it harbors a vendetta against the kind of acquisitive avarice that can insulate generations against what’s going on in the world outside their iron gates. And in this case, the gates are literal. READ MORE