Magazine September 30, 2019, Issue

Horror-Comedy Ready or Not Plays on Primal Human Fears

Samara Weaving in Ready or Not (Fox Searchlight/Mythology Entertainment)

For all that they bemoan its advance within progressive circles, American conservatives are hardly immune to the lure of contemporary “cancel culture” — the desire to get political enemies fired for unwise tweets, the urge to shut down cultural productions whose messaging offends. But conservatism’s version of cancel culture may be distinct from the Left’s version in one important way. Knowing and caring less about pop culture, the Right is more likely to pick its targets in pure ignorance, and score own goals even when it “wins.”

That’s basically what happened last month with a B-movie called “The Hunt,” with a

This article appears as “Wedding Nightmare” in the September 30, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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