Reviews

You're Next

4

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

The beauty of shock cinema is that, every time you’re scared it’s spent, something proves you wrong. 

Crafted by a veritable Who’s Who of indie horror – director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett are both V/H/Salumni – this witty home-invasion flick doesn’t quite reach the meta levels of The Cabin In The Woods

But you get the sense the filmmakers have seen The Strangers, Ils, Straw Dogs et al and are determined to bring something new to the party.

The party in this case is a refreshingly grown-up family reunion at a country house, attended by black sheep A.J. Bowen (A Horrible Way To Die) and his australian girlfriend Sharni Vinson (not to mention directors-turned-actors ti West and Joe Swanberg). 

After a lengthy meet-and-greet, the recriminations start flying; then the crossbow bolts do, as the group are besieged by a gang of masked killers.

What follows is the wraparound sequence V/H/S deserved but didn’t get – funny, smart and spiked with shocking spurts of red. 

It’d be the perfect companion piece to this year’s No One Lives, another slickly sick b movie that makes good on its titular threat.

Whether cracking wise, or cracking skulls, Wingard and barrett combine imaginative stalk-and-slash sequences with belly laughs, although the horror and comedy do sometimes undercut each other. 

“Anyone know this guy?” asks Vinson after making use of a kitchen utensil on someone’s face.

“It’s kind of hard to tell,” is the response. even the tiresome “Let’s split up!” moments come with a wink. 

Meanwhile the eclectic casting and equal-opportunities approach to carnage make it impossible to tell who’ll survive the ordeal. 

Surprising rather then subversive, You’re Next isn’t quite next-level material, but it’s always a few steps ahead of the audience – and the competition. anyone with a flicker of affection for the genre knows how rare that is.

Verdict:

Funny and tense, rather than hilarious and terrifying, You’re Next doesn’t rip up the rulebook but it’s definitely read it. If all horror comedies were this good we’d be laughing – and squirming.

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    • FBJBottomley

      Aug 22nd 2013, 23:28

      4

      There are a few strong scares and jumps but mostly for those ready for it, this is a great mix of funny and violent thrills. People who are avid fans of films like Cabin in the Woods and Scream may be familiar with moments of the narrative structure but this is a ferociously enjoyable Horror ride. You’re Next seems to have initial stutters of expectedness but once you get past a certain point, earlier things don’t seem quite as odd- enough said. You’re Next is a smart, well-made, brutal film, boasting one of modern Horrors best recent heroines and an assured night of gruesome enjoyment.

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    • FBJBottomley

      Aug 22nd 2013, 23:29

      4

      There are a few strong scares and jumps but mostly for those ready for it, this is a great mix of funny and violent thrills. People who are avid fans of films like Cabin in the Woods and Scream may be familiar with moments of the narrative structure but this is a ferociously enjoyable Horror ride. You’re Next seems to have initial stutters of expectedness but once you get past a certain point, earlier things don’t seem quite as odd- enough said. You’re Next is a smart, well-made, brutal film, boasting one of modern Horrors best recent heroines and an assured night of gruesome enjoyment. I loved it!

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    • Igrayne

      Aug 27th 2013, 18:31

      Total Film referred to Strangers which was a poor rip off of Ils. I am not sure about their judgement this looks like another Kill List which was bloody average and not because I did not get it but because there was no point or skill to it.

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    • thedanieljson

      Aug 30th 2013, 2:53

      4

      Difficult to predict, entertaining, hilarious and terrifying to watch at every turn, You're Next is an above average horror that brought plenty of gruesome thrills to the table.

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    • matthewbrady

      Sep 11th 2013, 21:26

      4

      you're dead/ you're doom/ you're next

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    • SussexUK

      Sep 19th 2013, 16:39

      1

      awful film, couldnt live up to the hype, first half is creepy and could of been good but then turns into a ridiculous home alone movie, not supposed to be funny but was embarrassingly so. Predictable, not scary once it gets into its Laurel and Hardy mode with some terrible overacting. Avoid at all costs.

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