The new bride being eager to embrace her husband’s family as her own and for them to embrace her as their own, she gamely goes along with a family tradition that’s sprung on her on her wedding night: Any new person who enters the family must agree to play a game with the family on their first night.
However, things being seldom what they seem - in the movies as much as in real life – the young bride,
From there ensues a scary, splattery, game of cat-and-mouse ― or rather, a dozen cats and one mouse ― that is nonetheless mostly played for laughs.
And yet at one point in the movie there is a moment that transcends the horror and comedy when the beleaguered heroine asks her husband how in the world his relatives could do such awful things and he explains that it goes back to their childhoods:
- How children can be shaped - even psychologically trapped - to believe and accept just about anything, no matter how awful or absurd.
- How hard - sometimes impossible - it is to escape those ties that bind us all, for better or worse, to our families.
Well, that could happen, right?