on November 22, 2013
This movie is truly one of a kind! For everyone that hated it - watch it again with the mindset that it is a horror/COMEDY and you'll change your tune! I was confused at first, but seeing this movie was one of the funnest movie experiences I've ever had! One of the best parts was quoting the movie afterwards. Lines that seemed ridiculous at the time, are now one of the main reasons I'm buying this DVD.
This movie had everything I wanted as a fan of the horror/comedy genre: originality, satire of cliche home invasion movies, great lines, and best of all - crazy, over the top, unique ways of killing someone.
You gotta love it.
on March 17, 2014
i found the over-saturation of previews for you're next to be tiresome, and was not particularly drawn to it. then a friend highly recommended it, so he, my brother, and i set down to watch it.
instantly, I was drawn in. earlier in the day, while heading out to a budhist temple in the country, my family drove through super affluent, mansion-riddled neighborhoods and i started fixating on the notion of a horror movie set in such an enclave. the opening shots of this movie are gorgeous, establishing the setting, and letting us know exactly what our victims are like. a typical bickering, dysfunctional, rich family gathers to celebrate their parents' anniversary, bringing together the children and their various romantic partners. one brother establishes himself as the alpha bully, systematically targeting his sibling's boyfriends and girlfriends about their careers and life choices. and then...
when this movie get's rolling, it's like a breath of fresh air. instead of spending 40 banal minutes getting a rote intro to the characters and their relationships, you're next lets us get to know them while they are under assault, unseen, unknown, unexpected. quickly, the family begins to show its' true stripes, the cowards cowering, and the heroes rising. the family scrambles to escape, survive, and prepare. it is in the films first arc, that you're next is thoroughly disturbing and unsettling; the bf's and gf's don't engender too much sympathy, but watching family members weep over their loved ones is excruciating, particularly one death early on that shows that this movie is serious about its' mission: to be uncompromising.
so, as the family struggles to survive their unseen assailants, whom we see dressed in animal masks and using a variety of weapons (it's really slasher heaven), we are assaulted by a variety of sounds and instruments, bowel-loosening tuba blasts, and hackle-raising string assaults. and then...
this dark and disturbing movie changes tone with complete deftness. the dark, close-up camera that gives unbearable purview of the victims and survivors, gives way to something more energetic, more eighties, and more rousing. it's so brilliantly done, and my brother, friend, and i looked at each other at the exact same moment and said "did you see that? did you see what they just did" the music is a major propulsion in this change, and you start to hear the inspiration and influence of john carpenter and goblin as the score becomes synth-based. it's just beautiful. a rapid fire succession of very clear references to a nightmare on elm street, halloween, escape from new york, dawn of the dead, rear window, the evil dead, and zombi pile up on one another in 5 minutes of inspired brilliance.
one character in particular, erin, played by sharni vinson, really establishes a smart, resilient presence, so much so, that she is an obvious amalgam of fright cinema's proud tradition of final girls, most notably nancy thompson, laurie strode, and kirsty cotton. vinson will have you on your feet, and appreciating director adam wingard's understanding of clover's trope, and the awesomely 80's-esque execution of it. vinson is totally powerful, displaying resourcefulness, toughness, smarts, and just general a$$-kickery. verily, she was awesome.
wingard is really working it, and you're next is just 90 efficient minutes of awesome. the camera is superb, delivering beautiful exterior shots, beginning with a bunch of voyeuristic close-ups before the animals are out in the open, and then perfect wide shots that deliver very clear presentations of the ratcheted-up action.
i loved this movie. it was fresh and an exciting, and did some really nice, courageous things. and when it was straight slasher, it really pushed the envelope in nice directions. dynamic and vibrant, you're next was a complete joy.
Note: This is a theatrical review and there may be spoilers.
In what continues to be a darn good year for horror films, add this Adam Wingard chiller to the list. Those looking for a traditional home invasion slaughter-fest should be satisfied but really that's being somewhat myopic.
Wingard invites several of his director/writer/producer buddies to have significant roles in the film. Most prominent is Joe Swanberg as Drake, one of 4 siblings invited, along with their significant others, to their wealthy parents second home for their 35th wedding anniversary. Along with Drake and girlfriend Kelly (Margaret Laney) are brothers Crispian (AJ Bowen), a college professor and his former student now girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson), and Felix (Nicholas Tucci) and his goth-girl Zee (Wendy Glenn). There is one sister, Aimee (Amy Seimetz) and boyfriend Tariq (horror filmmaker Ti West).
You don't have to wait around long for things to get interesting. We see a couple neighbors "down the road" get wacked for no apparent reason. Maybe practice. The home invaders all wear animal masks, for reasons not clear for most of the film. Family and friends begins to drop one by one with a variety of unusual weapons. No guns around which is ironic as the father, Paul (Rob Moran) is a retired defense contractor.
The emotional reactions seem to be mostly screaming hysterically or in dazed confusion. Erin, for reasons explained midway through the film, isn't one to sit around and wait to be executed however. Using some ingrained Australian survival skills and common smarts, she refuses to be a victim. There are some interesting twists that make this film different from most of its ilk. Think about all those horror/thriller styled movies where the bad guy is put down, but you just know that one little old bullet or one little blow to the head isn't going to keep him from rising and attacking again. Erin leaves no question as she turns the tables on the antagonists.
If you have time to catch your breath, you will have to ask the question why, and most experience film-goers will figure it out, but that only increases the fun factor. If the film has a weakness it is that some of the acting is a bit hammy and contrived. But like all good films of this genre, there is also a goodly dose of dark humor. In one scene one couple debate the idea of have sex in a bed occupied by the corpse of a close family member. Hey, I said it was dark humor. This is an above average horror film. Think "Home Alone" meets "High Tension." I wasn't disappointed.
on January 12, 2014
(May contain spoilers)
When it comes to horror fans, people either love or hate the home invasion sub genre. I myself am a fan, so take that into account.
I found the film to be chilling, but with some dark humor. The main character, Erin, was refreshing because A.) she was a woman who wasn't a Scream Queen and B.) she fought back. While there were some moments that were predictable, the final twist had me gasping then chuckling. We see not only an unusual twist in a horror film, but some dark humor and Erin kicking butt as well. This was a film that stayed with me for quite a while after watching. It has more realistic characters and poked fun at typical horror stereotypes.
All in all, it's a good night in with a home invasion horror flick that is a new take on the sub genre. I would definitely recommend You're Next.