The Horror Films of Samara Weaving

After last year's hit, Ready or Not, it seems like Samara Weaving is horror's new "it" girl. She's quirky, cute, and bad-ass, all the things horror fans love in their final girl. It also helps that she's a tremendous talent and I really hope she'll continue to grace us in future horror films as her career continues.

With that being said, I thought I would be nice to look back at Samara's previous contributions to the horror world.

Ready or Not (2019)
This may have been her most recent horror role, but it was by far her best. Samara portrayed Grace, a young bride that on the night of her wedding finds out she must participate in a game with her new in-laws. The game turns out to be Hide and Seek with weapons.

Over the course of the film, Grace goes from happy bride to distraught wife to sad victim to kickass survivor. Her outfit adapts to her attitude and Samara was given all sorts of material to showcase a variety of emotions. She did so with relative ease and the end product was a movie that she seemed to completely drive thanks to her infectious personality. This was a role that seemed catered specifically for her and I couldn't image anyone else in it. It's a must see, and Ready or Not has a rare five out of five rating by me.

The Babysitter (2017)
In my review of The Babysitter back in 2017, I mentioned that the only performance that stood out was that of Samara Weaving. She knocked it out of the park as Bee, the sexy babysitter turned evil queen. Her comedic timing was on point and she managed to display just enough of that evil edge to make you truly invested into her character.

I gave The Babysitter a three out of five rating. I think that rating holds up well and I wonder if her performance in The Babysitter is what led to her being cast in Ready or Not.

Mayhem (2017)
In Mayhem, Samara portrays Melanie Cross.

Mayhem is a movie that has been on my must watch list for three years. Thanks to this article, I finally took the dive and watched it. I really enjoyed it and both Steven Yuen along with Samara Weaving did fantastic jobs.

My review for Mayhem hasn't been published yet, but when it is you'll see a solid three out of five.

Ash vs The Evil Dead (2015)
Samara Weaving portrayed Heather in season one of Ash vs Evil Dead. She was the lone survivor of a group of campers who stumble upon Ash's cabin. She's only in three episodes (Ashes to Ashes, Bound in Flesh, and The Dark One). She becomes injured in the show and the cabin singles her out because of her weakness.

Ready or Not Review (2019)

My History With the Film: 
The truth is, I saw the trailer for Ready or Not and I thought it looked like I trash. I hate movies about people hunting people and with the added humor it made me want to see it even less. Then it came out and made good money and the reviews were solid. Then the filmmakers were signed to create the next installment of Scream and I had to see what all the fuss was about. Being a huge Scream fan, I wanted to know what type of tone I might expect from Scream. So, I rented Ready or Not and was blown away by the final product.

What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A young bride on the night of her wedding is forced to play a family game.

What I Liked About It:
-Ready or Not does not work with Samara Weaving. She is truly a gem and she absolutely kills it in this film. Her character, her emotions, humor, energy, etc is on point! Its worth watching this film just to see her performance.

-The casting of this film is fantastic. I never imagined Andie McDowell in a horror role, but she is wonderful. The family is memorable and different enough that even a few days later, I can recall each and every character.

-There is some great gore and suspense. That's not to say this is a scary film, but there is one particularly moment you'll cringe and the movie doesn't shy away from blood and guts.

-I have to commend this film on being brave. The filmmakers have the balls to "go there" when they need to and it made this movie watching experience wonderful.

-The fashion choices in the film are great, particularly Samara Weaving's wedding dress. The costume designer deserves major props for pulling off such a fun and memorable costume.

What I Didn't Like About It:
-Honestly, nothing. This is one of the best horror films I've seen in a long time. It's not scary per say, but its a fantastic piece of horror-comedy.

Additional Notes:
-The house used for Le Domas Estate is the same house used in Billy Madison.

-Seventeen different dresses were created for Grace (Samara Weaving) so different levels of destruction and changes as her attitude changes.

-Emilie's gun is the same gun from the board game Clue.

-Grace's Chuck Taylors were painted, since Converse doesn't make yellow Chuck Taylors anymore.

-The movie made 57 million on a 6 million dollar budget.

I loved Ready or Not. It's one of my favorite horror films that I've seen in the last couple of years, and I thought just about everything was perfect. The casting was excellent, the atmosphere was fun, the set was beautiful, and the gore was great. The movie walked that line of horror-comedy masterfully and that makes me love it even more. I recommend going in without watching any trailers or looking up anything further about the movie. Just allow it to unravel in front of you, you'll have a great time.

I know that the Scream franchise is in good hands and my biggest hope is Samara Weaving will be part of it. I rate Ready or Not a rare five out of five and say its a must own.

We Summon the Darkness Review (2020)

My History With the Film: 
I heard about We Summon the Darkness a few weeks before its released when the trailer hit. I was intrigued when I saw Alexadra Daddario in a starring role and after watching the trailer I knew this was the type of movie I'd probably enjoy.

I snagged a copy shortly after it came out and after a few weeks I sat down to see how it was.

What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
Three girls decide plan to party with a group of guys following a heavy metal concert when all hell breaks loose, literally.

What I Liked About It:
-The cast is great. There wasn't a single person I didn't care for. All three girls and all three guys really played their parts well and were different enough to be memorable.

-The twist is pretty decent. I knew a twist was coming, just not how far the twist would go.

What I Didn't Like About It:
-You can tell from the trailer/first scene a twist is coming. It was a little choreographed but I will admit I didn't predict the entire twist which was nice.

-The biggest sin this film made was stating that it took place in the 80's. Script wise it make sense to cash in on the Satanic Panic of the time for the plot, but on a low budget film it costs money to set the film back thirty-forty years. The first noticeable mistake was the modern kitchen. The counter tops, sink, and faucet are very much 2010's and not the 1980's. A few minutes after that I noticed a very modern vacuum cleaner behind one of the characters taking up a good portion of the screen. This is just sloppy filmmaking and I think led to me losing interest.

-The film drags pretty early on. I just don't think the script had enough in it to keep me interested for the entire run-time. Once the twist got out of the way, I really lost interest in the film.

-The film attempts to walk the line between horror and comedy, but doesn't do either all that well.

Additional Notes:

I was super excited for We Summon the Darkness, and had expected to write a massive review highlighting all the great moments in the film. Sadly, the only word that comes to mind when thinking about We Summon the Darkness is disappointing.

A great cast and a decent twist were wasted. The movie is very forgettable and really isn't worth seeking out. I rate We Summon the Darkness a two out of five.