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Cinema Junkie Podcast 176: Radio Silence’s ‘Ready Or Not’

Trio of filmmakers discuss going from online video pranks to making movies

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This is how the La Domas family welcomes the newest addition to the family in "Ready or Not," a new film made by the collective known as Radio Silence.

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The new horror film 'Ready or Not' was brought to the screen by a collaborative known as Radio Silence. Filmmakers and online pranksters Chad Villella, Matt Bettineli-Olpin, and Tyler Gillett have a very singular vision about how to make movies. They discuss how they went from online videos to making a film in Hollywood, and how a board game helped them seal the deal for "Ready or Not."

Aired: August 9, 2019 | Transcript

Radio Silence’s "Ready or Not" opens in theaters on Aug. 21, but I got to speak with the trio of filmmakers and pranksters last month about their new film and their path to Hollywood.

Speaking to Chad Villella, Matt Bettineli-Olpin, and Tyler Gillett by phone for the podcast felt a little like herding cats. When three friends work together they tend to talk on top of each other and complete each other’s sentences in ways that can be hard to follow without the benefit of seeing them in front of you. But since they present themselves as one entity maybe it doesn’t matter who’s talking. What does matter is that this talented trio has a singular vision about how to make a movie, and they have managed to bring their unique sensibilities to the screen without having to compromise.

"Ready or Not" involves Grace (Samara Weaving), a young bride, who on her wedding night discovers that her new family has certain traditions for welcoming new members into the fold. Since the family built their empire on games, Grace must play a game before officially becoming part of the family. But once the game of hide and seek begins, she realizes that the rules are more lethal than she expected.

The Radio Silence collective created a board game to help them pitch their approach to the project and it helped them both seal the deal and dictate the tone of the horror comedy.

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