YOU’RE NEXT (2011) Horror Film Review

by on November 6, 2017

in Entertainment, movie reviews

This is a surprise movie review of You’re Next, starring Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen and directed by Adam Wingard (V/H/S, The Guest and lined up to direct the upcoming Godzilla vs Kong movie!).

The pitch says, “When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

When we decided on a lark, to record You’re Next one late night, we were surprised to find ourselves rather entertained by the film.

The “murdering psychos and their innocent victims” genre is usually not my cup of tea, so I don’t go out of my way to watch them. But since we recorded it, what the heck, right?

The movie starts out a bit risky, watching a couple ‘going at it,’ (but not too graphically), and then we watch them become the first victims… in the classic style!

But then we start following an older, extremely BORING couple, who make you think the horror of this film will be how utterly boring and stupid these folks are. But if you can get past the first act that establishes our setting and characters, the action starts to kick in when our band of random, society hating murderers go to town.

For this film to be one of those genre-bending, refreshing takes, I can’t really say much, but once the murdering starts, the situation evolves into your standard criminals vs victims scenario.

Mostly.

But then just as the viewer is settling into the old mindset of what to expect, one surprise after another evolves over the second and third acts that ends up making this slasher film a film with a few surprises and twists.

If you see it on TV, go ahead and catch it or record it. Heck, if you like slasher films, I think if you rent it, you might be entertained, regardless. Heck, had I spent money on this film in the theater, I would have been OK having spent the money to see it.

On IMDb, it received a 6.5/10 and on Rotten Tomatoes, it received a surprising 75%.

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