youre-next-film-4At their remote vacation estate in the Show-Me State, Mr. and Mrs. Davison host a reunion for their four estranged adult children who bring along their significants.  Inward bickering parlays into outward horror when three masked intruders, armed with crossbows, infringe on the family dinner party with frightful delight. 

 

Bloody Rundown

Laced with humor, Adam Wingard’s fast-paced slasher offers more bloody gores with its mere $1 million budget than bone-chilling scares.  Though entertaining, You’re Next neglects to be the nightmare-inducing, goose-bumps rousing horror that I anticipated.                                           

With so much potential for suspense, this home-invasion horror fails to delve into the familial dysfunction it purports, which would otherwise create a tenser psychological thrill.  The reaction of the characters is at times odd and illogical; and, much of their circumstances are far too expedient.  For the exception of refreshingly clever and bold heroine, Erin (Sharni Vinson), the characters are intolerably obnoxious, entitled, and positively dumb.  If these characters were not so painfully annoying and detached, their bloody demise would incite my empathy rather than my cheers.

Rudimentary screams combined with interspersed scenes of a shaky camera (a trend that fails to cease), garners more maddening headaches than starling scares.  These trite tactics are staler than the found-footage hackneyed technique, which hopefully does not wind up in a You’re Next sequel.  Furthermore, the killers’ twist-worthy motive is weak and senseless, but not in the sociopathic realm that I relish.

Still, You’re Next merits a view, or even several.  Wingard’s film effectively delivers some major squirms with creative kills by way of kitchen utensils and appliances, various hardware tools, shattered glass, along with a stellar, albeit dubious, slaughter with a wired ligature.  Additionally, a conglomerate of horror movie mavens and makers alike costar or crew.  And aside from Mads Heldtberg’s exceptionally creepy musical score, the film also showcases “Looking For the Magic” by The Dwight Twilley Band (a musical duo arguably more debonair than Hall & Oates).  The recurring song successfully serves to enhance the ominous doom of certain scenes (even though, at times, Ylvis’ “Fox” hit would be quite apropos).                                                                                  

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Perhaps my harsh critique only reflects my grave disappointment.  From the hype and the trailer, I was anticipating a six-axed new classic.  But, I should have known better as took three years before the lion roared this film through their gate.    

Deadly Details

Director ∞ Adam Wingard
Producers ∞ Simon Barrett, Keith Calder, Kim Sherman,     
     and Jessica Wu
Screenwriters ∞ Simon Barrett
Music ∞ Mads Heldtberg
Cinematographer ∞ Andrew Palmero
Editor ∞ Adam Wingard
Special Effects ∞
Studio ∞ HanWay Films and Snoot Entertainment
Distributor ∞ Lionsgate (United States)
   and Icon Productions (United Kingdom and Australia)
Release Date ∞ August 2013
Running time ∞ 95 minutes
Country ∞ United States
Language ∞ English
Cast ∞
Sharni Vinson as Erin 
Nicholas Tucci as Felix 
Wendy Glenn as Zee 
AJ Bowen as Crispian 
Joe Swanberg as Drake 
Margaret Laney as Kelly
Amy Seimetz as Aimee 
Ti West as Tariq 
Rob Moran as Paul 
Barbara Crampton as Aubrey 
L.C. Holt as Lamb Mask 
Simon Barrett as Tiger Mask 
Lane Hughes as Fox Mask 
Kate Lyn Sheil as Talia
Larry Fessenden as Erik Harson 
Calvin Reeder as Officer Trubiano