Notable Cast: Sarni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Joe Swanberg, Barbara Crampton, Rob Moran, Margaret Laney, Amy Seimetz and cameos by Ti West and Simon Barrett
Although I don't have a review up for it, I will start this review off by saying that I've had mixed feelings about Adam Wingard's film career after seeing "A Horrible Way To Die." It certainly didn't inspire a devotion to me overall as a modern classic like some claimed, but his last three short films that were included in "V/H/S," "V/H/S/2," and "ABCs Of Death" had me impressed. So I was tentative about "You're Next" even after the slew of great reviews its garnered in a long (very long) festival run. This is why it brings me great pleasure to say that "You're Next" is a fun and inspired modern horror film that delivers on most of its promises.
When Crispin (Bowen) and his girlfriend Erin (Vinson) accepted to meet his parents and all of his siblings for an anniversary dinner in their summer home in the woods, they knew it was going to be a bit of an awkward get together. While they have never really gotten along, they were willing to try and put it to rest. Unfortunately, a set of three masked villains have other plans for the family...and they want to put them all to rest too.
|Rough day? Try self defense!|
Right away from the get go, "You're Next" sets itself out to be more along the lines of a slasher. Just in the opening sequence, we get sex, nudity, and death along with a couple of great moments of tension. The film then sets about to establish itself as a slasher of sorts when we are introduced to are basic "home invasion" premise with a family get together of awkward moments that's interrupted by a sudden and seemingly well planned out killing spree. While this is not anything new to the genre, Wingard makes it qutie effective by dabbling in a bit of humor and really focusing down on the tension and the 'who's next' horror guessing game of the audience betting on who bites it. While the execution is damn near spot on, the film tends to play it pretty formulaic to this point.
Written By Matt Reifschneider