The film is about a group of siblings, their significant others, and their parents, who have gathered (read:isolated themselves) at their parents’ fixer-upper out in the woods. The family reunion is short-lived, however, as a murderous trio of animal-mask-wearing killers soon targets the group.
You’re Next is a little different from your typical horror flick since the group of victims is a family. I think most of us are used to horny teens getting themselves into these types of situations, not brothers, sisters, and moms and dads. The actors in the film have great family chemistry, however, and made for a compelling group. Sharni Vinson, who plays Erin the main girlfriend, pretty much carries the whole film. Joe Swanberg, who plays obnoxious brother Drake, is another highlight of the cast. I guess it’s sort of an in-joke, but this is the second film I’ve seen where Swanberg’s character creepily tries to undress his annoyed wife.
As I mentioned, Wingard understands horror. The film is desaturated and dreary and Wingard seems to be channeling early Carpenter. We see the killers’ points of view from outside a few times and one of the murderers does the classic “masked-killer-head-tilt” as he examines one of his fresh victims.
Wingard, who’s been making a name for himself by directing segments in anthology films like V/H/S, V/H/S2, and The ABCs of Death, is a crafty director in general. There’s a great dinner scene in the film that not only builds up to a family conflict but the first round of attacks from the killers as well, and Wingard uses the sound of thunder in the background the whole time. It really heightens the scene’s tension. A storm’s a brewin’, that’s for sure.
Most importantly, You’re Next really revels in its violence. It has the most bludgeonings I’ve ever seen in a movie. The violence is very malicious, but Wingard never really makes it unbearable or takes it to the level of torture porn. And we’re pretty desensitized at this point anyway, right?
In short, You’re Next is a fresh, fun horror film directed by talented up-and-comer Wingard (there’s a joke I could make about Wingard being “next” in terms of great horror directors but I’ll spare you). If you don’t mind a little bit of head-bashing violence, you should have a great time with this one.
|3 out of 5 Stars|
I had a lot of fun with this one. Bit uneven, but oh well, you know? I agree that, while violent, I thought Wingard did a good job of avoiding torture porn territory. But that blender, man. So badass.ReplyDelete
Alex - Yeah I know what you mean about uneven. The ending wasn't up to par with the rest of the film. I'm looking forward to what Wingard does next, though. Blender was crazy. Dude got scrambled!Delete
Sharni Vinson was bad ass! Loved her character in this! Wasn't quite as good as I was hoping but still a decent, fresh horror!ReplyDelete
Pete - Sharni was amazing. I hope there's a sequel just so we get to see what happens to her (not sure where it would go from that ending, though). Thanks for reading!Delete
More of a fun horror movie, rather than a scary one. But still, any "good" horror movie is worth a shot to see and enjoy. Good review.ReplyDelete
Dan - Definitely heavy on the fun. Like The Strangers' wacky cousin. Thanks for reading!Delete
I had so much fun with this one too! Wingard really gave the viewer what they wanted. I loved the final moment of the film especially. And the pot of water... Oh, and Swanberg was great. Lindsay described him as "Mitt Romney's son" which I thought was fantastic.ReplyDelete
Jess - Definitely a lot of fun. I was wondering when that pot of water (or was it grease?) would come into play. Swanberg could certainly pass for a Romney. Maybe they could do a horror movie starring the Romney family.Delete