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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
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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.

Blu-ray Extras
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.



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fatpantz 1/2/2014 7:45:42 PM

VHS & VHS2 are overrated??  5.9/6.1 ratings on IMDb 55%/72% on RT.

The second one was awesome tho.

elrushbo 1/2/2014 8:49:27 PM

 Looks like the guys from "what did the Fox say?"

ultrazilla2000 1/2/2014 9:10:17 PM

I would probably have given this a "C"...I did enjoy the second half of the movie quite a bit.  The first half though...UGH.  I felt zero sympathy for most of the characters as they were such douche bags.  Wasn't sure if we were SUPPOSED to be rooting for the bad guys, but that's pretty much how it happens until the lead female starts getting some shots in.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 1/3/2014 12:33:55 AM

 I hate when critcs whine about movies being cliche and then when they're not they bitch too. Also, you think people wouldn't necessarily act like this in real life? Why does everybody have to be a hero or be smart? They certainly aren't in reality.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 1/3/2014 12:34:53 AM

 Oh - and as soon as I came on here my computer started blocking a virus attack.

TheSilentKiller 1/3/2014 7:00:37 AM

Equilibrium - mine too. And random redirects to advertising keep happening.

Dodgyb2001 1/7/2014 3:39:44 AM

I watched this the other day, and while there's terrified, there's just stupid too. I mean, in the time they debated whether the girl should run out I came up with half a dozen reasons why she shouldn't, including the wire trap. And I certainly would have done something if I had an axe in my hand and the bad guy is dancing around with his balls in his hands. Just really really stupid characters, and even the 'hero' female doesn't grab the machete when she has the chance. I was really diappointed as it had such a high score (for a horror) on Rotten Tomatoes, and yet it was just another stupid character filled movie. Hasn't anyone learned anything since Scream 1? 

dalgoda 1/9/2014 5:35:59 PM

While this wasn't great, I enjoyed it and liked it a hell of a lot better than The Strangers.  My biggest bitch was the trailer had Perfect Day by Lou Reed and then it isn't in the movie.



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