You’re Next (2013)
The Davison family is gathering at the newly acquired family estate in the country to celebrate the mother and father’s 35th wedding anniversary. Something doesn’t seem right from the start but then when are family gatherings ever comfortable. No one however expected to be attacked by a masked gang of cross-bow, machete and ax-wielding murders. As they begin to be picked off one by one they seem to be trapped…until one of the guests proves that the attackers aren’t the only ones capable of killing. Starring Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Margaret Laney, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton, L.C. Holt, Simon Barrett, Lane Hughes.
You’re Next is a disturbing and surprisingly smart slasher home invasion film that will make you make check behind doors, under beds before you go to sleep every night. I have to start my review by saying I am not a horror film fan. I am a complete and total chicken. I am that person who in the theater screams like a little girl and yells at the screen things like “behind you” or “no don’t go in there!” Now that we understand one another I will tell you that I liked You’re Next. There was more to it then just these horrific killings. It had a plot and not really a sadistic one more like a realistic one. Which if you think about it is worse because that means it has or could happen but it gives the movie an added edge that some other horror slashers don’t have. Plus it had some funny moments that were totally unexpected. I am going to try to tell you why else I enjoyed – despite being scared out of my mind – this movie but its hard without spoiling it so just be warned. Basically the story gives you someone to root for. Instead of a helpless victim you get a bad ass victim who can hold their own and really drives the whole story. Having someone to root for that wasn’t a screaming scared little girl – like me – was refreshing and definitely puts this film above its competition in my book. So if you stomach can handle A LOT of blood and an intense 94 minutes then you should definitely head out to see You’re Next! Honestly I would go see it in the theater because watching it at home would just make it scarier if you ask me!
8/10 Stars – I will be lucky if I sleep well alone in my home tonight!
Sadly, the first thing I noticed right off the bat was this “hip and fresh” horror film had a really bland and disappointing beginning. I mean if a horror film as good as this movie is, starts off this bad, how good is it really? After the disappointing opening, I was left feeling like I wasn’t even watching a horror film, but more of a bad dysfunctional family drama. It is awkward in parts and tries to create character development that we really don’t care about. However, once the first 30 minutes or so pass by, WAKE UP, because it gets quite good (albeit clichéd). The action and gore stacks together nicely and the “pop up” moments are kept to a minimum as they are used way too often in mainstream horror. Not sure if it was to pay homage (or simply to copy), but there are many elements used in You’re Next that we’ve seen in other movies like Saw, The Cabin in the Woods and even Home Alone (the “kick-ass” edition!) and they took away from the experience for me because I recognized them from elsewhere (but you may not…). I think that even though the elements have been used over and over, that doesn’t mean they don’t work, because they do, they are just a let down of sorts. Seeing that this movie is more an action/horror, it thrills the audience with “graphic fun” rather than scares and cover-your-eye moments (similar in nature to Cabin in the Woods or the remake to Evil Dead). I’ve read some places that the story is a key element that keeps the movie interesting and intriguing, and that is very true… until you find out the conclusion of the story and you want to roll your eyes (or you’ve already figured it out) since it is a typical way to end the movie. I will warn the horror viewers out there that this movie IS fun and a good time, but original isn’t a word I would use to describe it so enter with caution, but in the end, you will enjoy the 1.5 hour trip A LOT more than say The Purge.
8/10 Stars – Can I make a smoothie for you, with your gray matter? Definitely a “fun” horror that is good to see in a group!
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