You're Next (2011)
In only a few short years Adam Wingard has become one of the top new comers in the horror genre. He has developed a unique style over his career and has constantly topped himself. You can see the progression over the course of his career with a number of his movies, most notably with Pop Skull, A Horrible Way to Die and both V/H/S movies. So I am excited to write that his ascension has continued with his latest effort. His newest movie, You’re Next has a little bit of everything from all his past efforts and much more to enjoy.
You’re Next follows Crispian (A.J. Bowen) and his girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson) as they partake in a family reunion with Crispian parents, Aubrey (Barbara Cranpton) and Paul (Rob Moran), his feuding brother Drake (Joe Swanberg), his wife Kelly (Margaret Laney), his other less vocal brother Felix (Nicholas Tucci), his girlfriend Zee (Wendy Glenn) and the only daughter in the family Aimee (Amy Seimetz) and her boyfriend Tariq (Ti West). It doesn’t take long before tensions mount between the family but they quickly realize they must put that aside and come together if they are to survive a seminally random home invasion.
Wingard is a very crafty and very intuitive horror film director. He has a great grasp on what he wants to make and how he wants to make it. That is evident in how everything seems to come together perfectly. That’s impressive when you realize how many moving parts there are in this movie. From the great kill scenes to the black humor and the soundtrack, everything meshes together well. Wingard has everything going at full speed and does a great job at the pacing never having an unnecessary scene, every scene pushes the plot forward.
You're Next also has the distinction of have the single most kick-ass heroine since Ripley in Alien. she is unqie in todays horror film since the last girl aspect of slashers has seemed to become very stale or gone away completely. Its been a very long time since you could passionately root for a Heroine as evident by my comparison to a 1979 movie. Vinson puts on a great performance that takes the last girl concept to a whole new leave. She is what a strong, smart female lead should be.
You can’t have a great horror film without great kills and You’re Next brings a ton of great kills to the table. They are both fun, brutal and at times darkly hilarious. The ending especially is something that should get you off of your feet and cheering in the mass of carnage that is left in the wake of the films 95 minute run time. The soundtrack is another thing to admire as it brings along a fantastic 80’s slasher vibe.
Some criticism can be thrown at the acting because we basically got a cast of amateurs who seem to have improvised some of their scenes but I found that to be a plus for me. The acting is reminiscent of the original Evil Dead. It’s a horror movie that never takes itself to serious and that’s what makes it so fun to watch. Some of the Dialogue is Hilarious wither it was meant to be or not is another story. For example when Crispian states that he is the fastest in the family and volunteers to run outside and look for help, Drake jumps in and says he’s the fastest. The bickering that ensues is made all the more funnier by the fact that Drake has an arrow sticking out of his back.
Wingard has forged a horror movie that is destined to go down as a cult classic and one of if not top home invasion movies ever made. It’s an excitingly fun horror film that sure to satisfy every horror fan with its black humor and brutal violence. Its horror movies such as these that make me a fan of the genre. So if you like a great horror film then you should definitely give You’re Next a watch 4 ½ out of 5.