By He Might Be Giant
When a family reunion gets crashed by a group of masked killers things look grim, but there is one who can save them all…
Adam Wingard’s “You’re Next” does a fantastic job of putting a nice little twist on the home invasion sub-genre of horror. This film is, simply put, a blast to watch. You find yourself laughing, cheering, and shouting through the entire film. This flick stars Sharni Vinson. This ass kicking Australian beauty steals the show, by standing up to these masked psycho’s the way Cassie Hack takes down Slashers (see Hack/Slash by Tim Seeley and Image Comics). But I do have just a few issues with it.
Like any other movie out there this one has its faults. The first of which is that at times the writing and delivery falter fairly badly. The second thing that really bugs me is the fact the about 70% of the cast really cannot not act, but this problem is remedied quickly with violent death to those whom are guilty of this. Finally right when the action starts they use the shaky cam a little too heavily, which almost renders the movie unwatchable, but just sit and suffer for about 15-20 minutes and it will be well worth it. These faults, in my eyes, don’t really affect my feelings towards “You’re Next” they just make it feel a little like a B movie instead of a big box office film.
Going into this movie I wasn’t sure what to expect. Was it going to be another rip off of “The Strangers”? Is it going to be as long and dry as “Funny Games”? I had no idea, but I am truly glad that I did pick this one up because it was a little of both with so much more awesomeness that it was well worth the 20 bucks that I dropped on it. There’s a feel of a family dramady, with some sketchy family members, and they kind of tease at their past and then boom out of nowhere they just say nope this person is dead. The last horror flick I had this much fun with was Joss Whedon’s “Cabin in the Woods”. A big plus that had me up out of my chair dancing around a little bit was that there was a death by blender.
This film I recommend buying on Blu-Ray, because you will want to watch it again.