Geek Rating 5 out of 5 Stars
I’ve been chomping at the bit 2 years to see You’re Next, since I first started reading the reviews that trickled out of Toronto back in 2011. I’m a big fan of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett and believe their wit and understanding of the genre they bring is a much-needed reprieve from the constant trangressive gorefests that seem to overpopulate the space.
You’re Next is the story of the Davison family, who are meeting up for a weekend reunion in the country to celebrate their parents 35th wedding anniversary. Things take a turn for the worse when a gang of animal mask wearing killers begins to take the family out one by one.
But, it just so happens one of them may not be the easiest to kill.
You’re Next gets a lot of comparisons to Scream/Cabin in the Woods in that while playing by the rules of the sub-genre of home invasion, it also functions as a satirical deconstruction of it as well. The script solidly uses that template effectively, keeping it grounded in reality while still managing to deliver some truly great twists and turns that really keep you guessing.
Adam Wingard manages to appease the gore hounds in all of us while still making us chuckle all along the way with pitch black humor and a cast made up primarily of his fellow film directors. Considering that, the acting in the film is solid and I have to mention Sharni Vinson’s spectacular performance in particular, who as Erin who steals the show.
For a sub-genre of horror known for not being particularly kind to the female persuasion, Sharni turns in one of the most kick ass final girl performances since Kristen Connolly in Cabin in the Woods. I seriously think she set the bar for positive women characters in horror from this point on.
You’re Next is easily the best horror film I have seen this year. It is a rare film for me that lived up to the hype and delivered on its promises. Everything from the dialog, the editing, the soon to be iconic animal masks, the music, and even the 70s style blood weaved together one of the most satisfying horror films I have seen in a while. Seriously, if you’re a horror fan you NEED to see You’re Next. It gets a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.