There have been so many rubbish horror films about the past few years, and a lot of them seem to consider sadistic torture-porn as a high art form. So thank god for You’re Next, a horror with brains as well as gore.
Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett, You’re Next revolves around the Davison family, who are gathering together for their parents 35th anniversary. As tensions arise between the various siblings their dinner is interrupted by 3 masked attackers who are trying to get into the house and dispense of those inside. Suddenly the family and their guests are stuck in a fight for survival.
On the face of it You’re Next seems like a standard home invasion horror however give it a chance and it will surpass your expectations. I can’t give too much away about the various twists and turn but You’re Next has a great plot and a satisfying denouement.
One of the most satisfying aspects of You’re Next is that it gives us a fantastically capable heroine in the form of Sharni Vinson’s Erin. One of the reasons I’ve gone off horror in the past couple of years (besides the whole torture porn area) is lack of great characters-female or otherwise. In the face of a masked intruders and a squabbling family, Erin-the girlfriend of one of the Davison brothers Crispin (A.J Bowen)- has to step up to the plate. Vinson throws her all in the role and clearly relishes playing such a kick-ass heroine.
The film also supplies plenty for gore fans to enjoy as there is a range of different and inventive deaths as the Davison family try to survive the night. Despite these gory moments the film never becomes too grim as the film is full of dark humour. Some people may describe it as very very black comedy and deconstruction of the home-invasion genre.
On the few downsides there is a variety in the acting ability of its cast, although that might be more to do with some of the actors getting little more to do than act hysterically and scream all the time (not that I would act any differently in that kind of situation, as much I would like to think I’d act like Erin), however this isn’t enough to let the film get dragged down.
Rating 4/5-this is definitely my kind of horror movie-more like this please!