Nobody is safe.
Adam Wingaro‘s YOU’RE NEXT (2011) is one of the grizzliest horror films to come out in quite a while. Yeah we’ve seen many home invasions, however, this time, sibling rivalry–combined with millions in inheritance money up for grabs drive these characters to despicable acts. Twists and turns and alliances are made in an attempt to stand on top, but the most skilled killer among them is the movie’s best secret. The Davidson family may not be the most sympathetic or the most pleasant people you would want to meet. They are, however, still human beings and watching each of them perish by horrific means is nonetheless terrifying. Prepare to feast on gore and blood reminiscent of the better 1980s slasher flicks.
Aubrey (Barbara Crampton) and Paul Davidson (Rob Moran) choose to celebrate their wedding anniversary in their reclusive and dilapidated Missouri vacation estate. They later decide to invite their children and their partners for a family reunion on the same night. Yet their night is not off to a good start. While everyone is busy digressing during dinner about the past, masked killers were waiting outside with unknown intent. In a large, creaking, and empty home–there is nowhere to hide.
Expectations for good horror films is perhaps at an all time low–in my opinion–mostly due to the deluge of “found footage” features saturating the market. The beginning You’re Next started out “looking” like another found footage feature–that is until arrows begin to fly through the windows, you know that all hell is about to break loose. This film is bloody and deliciously gory. The cruel survivalist atmosphere can be likened to Kinji Fukasaku‘s cult classic BATTLE ROYALE. Everyone’s out for themselves–and the riches. Aside from the intense violence, there are traces of black humor delivered at the right moments to expand on the fear aspect.
The critique goes out to character personalities, which were lacking. Aubrey and Paul appear to be nice parents, and it is indeed a shocker to see what happens to them later on. The children serve as nothing more than ordainments in the film which is okay. With exception to the highly condescending and just plain scummy Drake (Joe Swanberg) one of the better characters in the movie. Erin (Sharni Vinson), the lover of Crispian (AJ Bowen), is the most intriguing character because of her unusual handling of the situation. Her role unfolds over the course of the film, and she is just as bloodthirsty as the people in the animal masks.
You’re Next offers up hope that there still are talented horror filmmakers out there in the world, with purpose is to continue to terrify their audiences.
YOU’RE NEXT (2011) Special Features Include:
• No Ordinary Home Invasion: The Making of You’re Next
• Audio Commentary with director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett
• Audio Commentary with director Adam Wingard, writer Simon Barett, and actors Sharni Vinson and Barbara Crampton
• Theatrical Trailer
The making of featurette really shows the work put into the film. Actress Sharni Vinson trained in martial arts to prepare herself for the role as well as utilizing her dance training, implementing them into making the skills of her character believable. Each of the cast members give their insight into their characters, what it was like on set working with one another, and what the director and writer did in order to add their own unique touches in order to give the film its distinguished vibe.
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