You’re Next (2011)

Did You Remember to Lock Your Door?

In the spirit of films such as The Strangers (2008) and The Last House on the Left (2009), filmmaking duo Adam Wingard, V/H/S/2 (2013) and Simon Barrett’s You’re Next, is a home invasion story with a sinister twist. The film opens on Crispian Davison (AJ Brown) and his girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson), who are heading to the countryside to celebrate Crispian’s wealthy parent’s Wedding Anniversary. The family reunion quickly turns sour when a group of mysterious masked killers target the Davison’s and begin slaughtering family members one-by-one, but the axe-wheedling killers soon discover that one of the victims harbours a secret talent of their own.

... hell hath no fury like a woman scorned ...
… hell hath no fury like a woman scorned …

Making its cinematic début back on September 10th at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, You’re Next has taken it’s time to attain a wide release. One might wonder, why the hold up? Nevertheless, director Adam Wingard’s little picture is a hell of a good time! While the film brings nothing particularly new to the ‘home invasion’ genre in terms of tension or suspense, it adds some unique elements of comedy and crime to the classic formula, turning the home invasion narrative on it’s head as the film constantly misleads it’s audience as to what exactly is taking place.

You’re Next is competently directed and written with great moments of comedy, solid one-liners and visual gags scattered throughout, yet loaded with bucket loads of splatter, satisfying those who are also craving a gore fix. It’s evident that producers didn’t have a large budget to work with here and the effects team do a decent job creating some clever, realistic looking kills and effects. The cast all do a credible job throughout the picture, with Joe Swanberg stealing the show as Crispian’s arrogant brother Drake; look out for a cameo by film maker Ti West, The Innkeepers (2011), as one of the masked henchmen.

'Where's the party at?'
‘Where’s the party at?’

Sporting a fantastic retro-sounding score, You’re Next is sometimes reminiscent of those low budget horror flicks of yester-year; the catchy song, ‘Looking for the Magic’ by The Dwight Twilley Band, plays several times throughout the film and adds a nice touch of nostalgia to the proceedings, particularly when it’s played in moments of tension and dread.

Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett clearly have a winner on their hands with You’re Next, it doesn’t necessarily re-invent the horror wheel so to speak, but it’s a welcome entry into the masked killer/ home invasion genre and damn good fun at that; it’s brutal, yet down right funny, if you can handle that sort of thing!

3 / 5 – Good

Reviewed by Mr. Movie

You’re Next is released through Icon Film Distribution Australia