Movie Review: You're Next
Prinz Lee wrote this review 3 years and 3 months ago
Intensely disturbing, yet horridly delicious! Spinning a common web of home-invasion-horror, “You’re Next” is a cool throwback to 80s splatter-swag that balances gore and giggles. (In a nutshell: a slaughter-house-rock gorgasm!)
At first it seems like old-school sibling rivalries will distract any hope of reconciliation, but that quickly, and very abruptly, becomes the least of the Davisons’ concerns when their home comes under siege by a mask-wearing team of crossbow-bearing maniacs. The family has no idea who’s attacking them, why they’re under attack, or if the attackers are inside or outside the cavernous, creaking house. All they know for sure is that no one is safe.
At a quick 90 minutes, director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (“A Horrible Way to Die”) reunited to carve out a film that starts off feeling a little similar to other home-invasion-flicks—think “The Purge,” or “The Strangers”—but the outcome turns out to be a cynical, cinematic “offspring,” raised with similarities, but harboring its own visceral twist.
The movie doesn’t waste time with its intention. It’s geared to shock in the most intense ways, while throwing in comedic set-ups between all sorts of carnage. From its opening scene, you’re able to nail the kind of abnormal, thrill-ride that’s going to rattle your soul. Coming off with a 80s-like tone, the grittiness throughout the film makes up for its hollow, yet tolerable script. Empty in terms of emotions, its set-ups are geared on giving the ensemble cast their individual moment. True-to-life in terms of family disfuntionalism, even in their darkest hour the bickering of unable to work with one another is oddly enjoyable.
Although not much of a fan when incorporating laughs in a horror film, there are exceptions—and considering “You’re Next” is one of those that entails disengaging your brain, I embraced occasional chuckles. Providing its own (fun, yet predictable) twist, the film is extremely enjoyable. In many ways the film takes over you as it provides lots of creepiness to keep you on the edge of (in)sanity, while cheering on when those hunting suddenly become the hunted.
Grade: B / Genre: Horror / Rated: R / Run Time: 1 Hr. 30 Min.
Starring: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Sarah Myers, Amy Seimetz, Rob Morn, and Barbara Crampton
Directed by: Adam Wingard