You’re Next (2011)

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6.5 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 5/10
Visuals: 7/10

Nice throwback to earlier horror films

Script needs more pick-up and flow, more likable or believable characters

Movie Info

Movie Name:  You’re Next

Studio:  HanWay Films/Snoot Entertainment

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  September 10, 2011 (Toronto Film Festival)/August 23, 2013 (US)

MPAA Rating:  R

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I wonder what they are trying to say…what is their message? What do they want?

Erin (Sharni Vinson) and her boyfriend Crispain Davison (A.J. Bowen) are headed for a long weekend at his parents wooded home where Erin is about to meet his family.  The weekend plans are about to take a turn for the worse when killers ambush the dinner and begin slaughter Crispain’s family.  Now, everyone is in a fight for their lives, but Erin has a secret that she’s never told Crispain, and it could mean the key to survival.

Directed by Adam Wingard, You’re Next is a horror slasher movie.  It was first released at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 but didn’t get a wide release until 2013.  The low budget horror film made a massive profit and was relatively well received by critics.

With the surprise of V/H/S, Adam Wingard became a quick “hot” director of low budget horror movies that still gained critical acclaim.  With V/H/S’s success, this film seemed to receive more play and the movie got a wide release with a small cult following already existing.

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“Hey, man…I’m actually ‘After Next’…..so you can skip me for now”

I will say that there are things about this film that I like, but there is a lot that I don’t like as well.  With most horror movies, it seems like the hardest sell is trying to make likable characters that you want to survive.  I really wanted most of the cast to die horrible deaths before the slaughter happened.  The lead up to the deaths was dull and slow despite the opening killing scene, and the movie despite its short length took too long to get going.  Once the murders start it does gain an old ’80s movie feel about it and gets more enjoyable, but the film’s twist needed to be executed better.

The movie also suffers from the horror movie problem of beginner actors.  While Sharni Vinson is good as Erin, I found most of the actors in the film trying too hard.  If the movie had attempted to make the characters a bit more likable and enjoyable, I might have felt bad about them getting killed, but even the killers weren’t given enough dimension to make them interesting.  As a result, they not as frightening as they could have been.  Veteran horror actress Barbara Crampton does play the mother, but she too is sidelined by the story.

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I don’t like my boyfriend’s family…

The visuals, sound, and style of the movie does feel a bit like a throwback to older horror films.  The movie is far bloodier than a classic horror film, but not bloody enough to be in the ranks of a real grindhouse thriller.  You’re Next almost lands in the ’80s in its look and feel, but Erin is a bit more proactive to be an ’80s horror “victim” even for a final girl.  The music also has a very ’80s feel to accompany the horror.

You’re Next is a nice new horror movie, but doesn’t hit the mark of a great horror movie.  The story feels like a mish-mash of other horror films and lacks good supporting characters to raise it to the next level. With the explosion of streaming and the ability of horror films to make creative choices that can find wide audience, I can say I’m happy to see more non-remake and non-sequel horror film starting to pop-up…I just wish You’re Next was a bit better.

 

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