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- Rated: R
- Starring: Sharni Vinson, A. J. Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Ti West
- Written By: Simon Barrett
- Directed By: Adam Wingard
- Original Year of Release: 2013
- Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
- Special Features: See Below
Youre Next Blu-Ray Review
Wish you were next after watching this mess
By Tim Janson
January 02, 2014
The most difficult part of watching “You’re Next” is trying to decide which side to cheer for…the victims or the killers. Both wallow in such grand stupidity that the biggest cheer will likely come when the end credits start to roll. The film is directed by Adam Wingard who also gave us adequate but largely over-rated V/H/S and V/H/S 2. While he’s displayed some capacity for horror elements he still hasn’t figured out how to put them all together to make for a cohesive film.
A wealthy family has gathered a remote country estate for a reunion for their parent’s anniversary. Bad idea! From the beginning the siblings immediately grate on your nerves, giving new meaning to the term dysfunctional as they bicker from the moment they see each other. Crispin (Bowen) goes at it with big brother Drake (Swanberg); Drake attacks younger sister Aimee’s new boyfriend Tariq (Ti West) over his career as a documentary filmmaker, and all this before they can take a single bite at their first dinner together in years. Thankfully a crossbow bolt to Tariq’s head breaks up the squabbles, leaving him dead and the rest of the family scrambling to safety.
Unfortunately, fifteen minutes in we’ve hit the film’s high notes. Watching dumb people kill other dumb people isn’t entertaining…And the male characters in the movie aren’t just dumb they’re blatant wussies. At least in most horror films you can count on some sort of alcohol induced male bravado but not so with “You’re Next”. When it is decided that one of the family should make a run for the cars does dad or any of the able-bodied sons make the attempt? No, they send their sister out where she promptly gets her throat cut on a booby trap wire. The house comes under attack by a trio of men wearing animal masks, hell-bent on killing the entire family.
The rampant brainlessness of the characters rambles on out of control. Mom, even though she was already shown to be mentally fragile earlier, is put in one of the upstairs bedrooms so she can rest! Awesome…crossbow bolts are peppering the house, her daughter gets killed, but dad thinks it’s a good idea to leave mom all alone. Thankfully though, Crispin’s fiancée Erin (Vinson) just happens to have grown up in a survival community and as pretentious and poorly plotted as her turn is, at least gives us one character with whom we can sympathize. She begins setting the house with deadly traps…Kevin McCallister style.
“You’re Next” seems to be one of those concepts that started out with someone saying “Hey! You know what would be a good idea for a movie?” over far too many shots of Tequila. There’s little built on the framework other than the idea. The ridiculous swerve that’s added in late about who is doing the killing and why, exemplifies this conclusion. This weak entry into the home invasion horror genre has neither the suspense of “The Strangers”; the wit of “Funny People”; or the visceral terror of “The Last House on the Left”, all of which are vastly superior.
Audio Commentary with Director Adam Wingard and Wrtier Simon Barrett
Audio Commentary with Director Adam Wingard, Wrtier Simon Barrett, actors Sharni Vinson and Barbara Crampton
No Ordinary Home Invasion: The Making of You’re Next” (11:41) – Features interviews with Wingard and Barrett, as well as most of the cast. Includes storyboard looks at some of the film’s kills.