You’re Next (2011)

Posted: February 7, 2014 in Movie Review
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Youre Next

Directed By: Adam Wingard

Starring: Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Barbara Crampton, Rob Moran, Joe Swanberg, Margaret Laney, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Ti West, Lane Hughes

Synopsis: A family reunion turns violent as masked intruders murder people with seemingly no motive.

Thoughts: I’ll admit that I will never understand the machinations of Hollywood.  They continue to pump out really weak horror movies every month, but very good movies struggle to get a release.  Movies like You’re Next and Trick ‘r Treat are perfect examples of this madness.  You’re Next was actually filmed and ready for release in 2011, but didn’t see a release until 2013.  It met positive reviews overall and earned somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 million dollars, not bad for a movie that was made for about a million dollars.

One of the strengths of the movie is the cast.  Even the actors that don’t stick around very long deliver great performances.  The two most recognizable names have to be Barbara Crampton and Ti West. Crampton, who is well known for her roles in Stuart Gordon’s films, plays the matriarch here.  Her beauty is second to known, even if she is under a pretty heavy layer of makeup here.  In fact, when she first appeared on screen, I didn’t recognize her!  Ti West, the director that brought us The Inkeepers and House of the Devil, plays an ill fated boyfriend.  The leads also do a great job. I loved Sharni Vinson as the lead.  Her role was a cross between the leads from Death Proof and The Descent.  She is definitely a badass!

Adam Wingard is part of the VHS crew that is up and coming, which explains West’s role in the movie.  I love what he did with You’re Next.  It’s not a complex plot, but Wingard kept it light while still delivering some very gnarly death scenes.  Home invasion movies have a tendency to be very dark, with the story aiming to make the viewer uncomfortable, yet I didn’t feel that at all here.  It was much closer to the conventional slasher movie.

I really liked You’re Next.  I wouldn’t say I loved it, but it was a fun movie with some great death scenes.  The plot twists were easy to see coming, but that didn’t prevent me from having a good time.  This is by far the most light hearted take on home invasion that I have viewed, which is a large part of its success.  I recommend seeing this if you’ve given it a pass.

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