YOUR NEXT: MOVIE REVIEW
Get ready geeks, because this one is to die for. No? Not funny? Fine. Moving on.
“You’re Next”, directed by Adam Wingard, is a horror/thriller in which Paul (Rob Moran) and Aubrey (Barbara Crampton) are a wealthy couple celebrating their 35th anniversary. At an isolated vacation estate, they have invited their 3 sons and daughter, along with their significant others, to make this milestone a family affair. However, the relationships aren’t the warmest due to some time apart and others just meeting each other. This fast paced, 95 minute thriller wastes no time getting to the action so I won’t either.
The event starts taking a turn when three individuals wearing a lamb, tiger, and fox masks start terrorizing the family. It serves as no spoiler to say that Erin (Sharni Vinson) quickly assumes a leadership role thanks to her obvious survival instincts, and she is quite the little bad-ass. The movie picks up a second wind when some of the questions start being answered; mainly: why the hell are they doing this?
“You’re Next” feels like a big screen return of the satirical, over the top, one liner, dark humored horror film that fans of the genre love so much. The blood splatters are plentiful and the sound effects are textbook. The heavy footsteps on the wooden floor, creaky doors, shattering glass and dark musical undertones that have become a staple of movies like this are present here, to say the least. In addition, as is also standard, several female characters seem to be battling it out for the prize of the loudest and longest high pitch, uncontrollable screams. But what would a murder movie be without at least one crazy blonde girl shrieking at the top of her lungs?
Make no mistake about it, “You’re Next” will not dazzle with originality. The home invasion, houseguest panic thing has been done before. But what it lacks in innovativeness, it makes up for in delivery. With plenty of prolonged suspense leading to theatre-filling high pitch screams, it will provide several scenes to jump at. If anxious tension is what you seek in a horror flick, throw in some mildly vivid gore and dark humor, then this is the movie for you. And if you want to get close on date night (who doesn’t?) and guarantee arm-clutching proximity, you should make “You’re Next” your next film, although the gore might be a little bit of a turn-off. If this isn’t exactly your cup of tea, and it isn’t mine (I’m a bit of a wuss but I’ve made my peace with it), there are other good choices out there. The average moviegoers might just want to skip this one.