You’re Next Review

Posted: September 5, 2013 by htschuyler in HT Schuyler's Movie Reviews

PHinv2eFvOSslq_1_mRated 14A for strong bloody violence and sexual content/nudity.

Directed by: Adam Wingard.

Starring: Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn and Joe Swanberg.

You’re Next is a film that caught my attention due to the high level of praise the film was receiving. Critics seemed to be eating this movie up. Critics, liking a horror movie? What madness is this?Nevertheless I was eager to see this movie just to see what all the fuss was about, yet I had pretty low expectations given what I’d seen from trailers and such. So, does the movie deserve all this hype?

The Davidson family all come together to celebrate their parents anniversary, and one of the sons, Crispian (AJ Bowen), brings along his Australian girlfriend, Erin (Sharni Vinson). As the family argues around the dinner table, they come under and attack and their family reunion becomes a fight for survival, as masked men attack their home and kill them off one by one.

Alright, so the plot is pretty basic and straightforward, it’s really just an excuse to get a group of people together and then give them some creative deaths scenes, so naturally the actors hired are not exactly of the highest calibre, because by God these actors are bad. One actress in particular who plays the mom, Barabara Crampton, delivers dialogue so badly it causes some of the best laughs in the movie just by how terrible her scenes were. Most of the acting throughout is pretty bad, with the exception of Sharni Vinson, who actually does a good job and plays a great badass. This isn’t the type of film that requires the best of the best acting, but still, it’s pretty bad. Granted, it leads to some great unintentionally hilarious moments, so I guess it evens itself out.

The Good:

My biggest compliment for this film is ultimately a very shallow one, but it is a compliment none the less, and that is the kill scenes are pretty damn good. They’re brutal, effective, creative and in a very morbid way, fun. When Sharni Vinson’s character rises to the challenge and becomes a badass herself, her attacks on the killers are so well done and satisfying that I almost cheered. The movie also has some clever plot twists along the way, and while they were not really needed, it was nice to see that some thought went into the screenplay, something most slashers don’t really have. I also really liked the look of the film, as it looks very gritty and realistic, which made the horror that much more effective.

The Bad:

The first 30 minutes of this film is some of the worst scenes I’ve ever seen. The acting is terrible, writing absurd and plot-line dull. The action couldn’t come sooner, as the first act just drags on and on. I know this is needed to attempt to create characters, but most of them are gone so quickly it really doesn’t matter. I guess my biggest problem with this movie is that it isn’t all that interesting. There are a couple death scenes that are great, but a lot of them are off screen, and a lot of the time the movie is just dull with not much to show for itself. The bits that were fun are great, and the ending was hysterical, but a lot of the time you’re just waiting for the next kill, and while a lot of them are awesome and creative, a lot of them are also bland and cheap. The direction was also getting on my nerves, the camera being way to shaky and scene getting cut awkwardly or too fast.

In Conclusion:

I really don’t understand the hype for this movie. It has moments of greatness but is ultimately dragged down by what is bad. It still makes a fun watch, and is perfect for people who enjoy some cool death scenes with a few laughs to go along with it. I’ve seen much better horror films that have had nowhere near the amount of hype that this movie has, and end up just fading off into obscurity, which is a shame. All that being said, I’m happy to see a low budget horror film like this one get the praise and wide distribution, as maybe it will pave the way for horror films to be a much more appreciated genre. The movie is a lot of fun and makes for a good time, but at the end of the day is forgettable. If you’re a horror fan and like to have fun with some great kills and hokey acting, then check this out, but if you consider yourself above the genre and can’t see from the viewpoint of people who enjoy this kind of entertainment, don’t bother.


  1. CMrok93 says:

    Nice review. Allowed me to cheer on the goodies, and hate the goodies. That’s the type of horror film I want to see, regardless of it’s actually scary or not.

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