You're Next Reviews
Erin is young and attractive woman that accompanies her boyfriend to a family meal but little does she know that this family reunion will turn into bloodbath as they become the prey of a violent masked trio.
Let's get right into this. "You're Next" has atrocious acting (not that I expected fantastic acting to begin with, but this is Friday the 13th level of badness) with the exception being the good looking lead (she seems to understand the type of film she's in), the story is dumb, the 'twists' are extremely predictable, the shockingly scarce score is somewhat annoying, the special effects look cheap, the characters are so forgettable and unlikable that you don't care about them, there are pacing problems, the concept is a bizarre mixture of "Assault on Precinct 13" and "Home Alone", the kills are mostly uncreative, and its shockingly boring (I never expect anything from horror films but to be entertained, but this film is so dull and generic). But the biggest problem this film has is the tone. It takes itself seriously but then out of nowhere throws a joke (mostly slapstick), which instead of getting a laugh out of you it takes you out. If you want to be a horror/comedy mashup them go all out and don't take yourself too seriously (unless you are David Lynch). But regardless of all those problems, let's give credit where credit is due: Wingard's direction is quite confident and full of style (which is quite remarkable for film with this minuscule budget), in fact I was more focused on the style than what was actually going on.
"You're Next" is a stylish B movie that serves more as a vehicle for its director than an actual enjoyable film. It is dumb, predictable, quite forgettable, underwhelming, cheap, tonally inconsistent and sadly boring. If you expect a solid and actually scary film then you will be disappointed.
The best thing this film has going for it, is easily the fact that it has an over-arching story that has a more than satisfying payoff in the third act. This is more of a suspense/slasher flick than an effective horror film. Without giving too much away, this film follows a family as they are invited over to their parents estate. Bringing along all of their newfound boyfriends or girlfriends, they enjoy a nice family dinner together, just before being terrorized by a few men in masks. Picking the family members off one by one, this film quickly becomes an exciting one. The biggest issue lingering over the entire film however; The acting is laughably bad.
When you have a film that relies on its characters in order to tell a compelling story, you have to be able to cast performers that will give their all in times of peril. From the parents, to almost every one of the main characters, none of them deliver believable performances. They are just seeing their family members for the first time in a while. Their initial reaction to seeing them being killed should be shock and terror, but their screams and sobbing all feel forced. I found myself chuckling at the performances rather than feeling grief for the family. This film also suffers from a twist that works, followed by many confusing character actions.
Erin, played very well by Sharni Vinson, is the character that audiences are supposed to latch onto the most. While her performance definitely saves this film from being terrible, her actions in the final act are very questionable, to say the least. After all is revealed and audience members are wondering how everything is going to wrap up, it quickly becomes a pretty generic conclusion with characters doing things that seem very far out of their comfort zone, in context with the rest of the film. This film keeps itself very confined throughout most of its duration and its eerie feel is always present, but it dives far too deep into generic slasher flick by the end.
In the end, I can see why some people think of this as a great horror film, due to its unconventional and original twist, but the bottom line is that none of these actors seem to give a compelling enough performance to buy into what is happening. It definitely has a few creepy scenes, but for every creepy moment, it is followed up by a generic jump scare. Due to the hype surrounding this film, I was hoping for something much more compelling to be honest. You're Next tries very hard to be different, but ultimately gets caught up in the same old horror tropes. I enjoyed portions of this film, but it is not the cult classic that it has slowly been becoming over the years. This is just another average horror flick in the end.
It is not like a typical slasher film, but also does follow similar cliches of the genre
It seemed like a high budget student film, where half the group wanted a slasher film, and the other half wanted a horror comedy. They couldn't decide so the teacher split the group and told them to make half a film each and put them together, and not allowed to show the full violent shots (Which I did actually prefer that way. I'm okay with not seeing a close up of someone's head getting based in)
It starts off like a normal horror film and gradually becomes more comedic as the film progresses. It doesn't want to take itself too seriously, like Scream, but it didn't work as well as Scream.
Starring: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci,Wendy Glenn,AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Margaret Laney,Amy Seimetz,Ti West,Rob Moran,Barbara Crampton, L.C. Holt,and Simon Barrett
Directed by Adam Wingard
DID YOU REMEMBER TO LOCK YOUR DOOR?
You're Next is a home invasion thriller and with a home invasion thriller you have too do something different cause their like so many of them now,that you have too do some new twist or some new look at the genre to make it different or appealing to an audience. You're next shows us this family in this big beautiful house for a meal,and low and behold three guys in animal masks decide you know what where going to break into this house and where going too screw things up for them. We've seen it all before right? Sort of. The third and final act of the film is makes this film so amazing,it really switched gears it changed up the entire film completely,it started to tribute retro 80's horror down to a tea. Although the first two acts where fell pretty much right in the middle,there were jokes that were suppose to be funny but weren't.
For some of the characters the acting is truly appalling and I couldn't get into it for a large portion of the movie. I defiantly saw the ending coming it was like Oh well this going to happen. It wasn't really that surprising it was pretty predictable. The first two acts of the movie were just run of the middle straight home invasion,theirs guys outside there going to break in and kill people in various brutal ways. It's when the final act starts and this awesome chick who kind of suddenly rose as the leading character very much in the vain of the film Alien where you show an entire group of people getting killed and Sigourney Weaver is like you know screw it I'm killing these aliens.Her character is what made the last half hour of this movie incredibly great and the kills she performed on the guys in animal masks is awesome. I actually hyped this movie up for myself safe to say I shouldn't have done that. It's an OK horror film with a kind of rocky start and a a kind of rocky middle and an incredible ending. With an amazing musical score. I'm giving You're Next a three and a half.