Saturday, August 24, 2013

You're Next - Movie Review

Starring Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, AJ Bowen, Wendy Glenn, Joe Swanberg, Rob Moran, Amy Seimetz and Barbara Crampton.
Directed by Adam Wingard.

★★★½

The trailer for this horror flick looked pretty generic, but that's because it was saving the best parts of the movie to be a surprise.  I wouldn't have guessed this movie would be as funny as it was.  It may be the funniest movie I've ever seen about a family getting slaughtered.

Mother and Father have invited their four grown children and their significant others to a fixer-upper in the woods.  It's been years since they've all been together, and soon as they are, the old bickering and sibling rivalry ramps right up.  But then some killers wearing animal masks attack their home and start killing them one by one.  Who are these guys?  Is this random, or is there something about this family that makes them the target?

What's funny is that the sibling rivalry doesn't take a pause even while they clearly need to work together to survive the night.

There's one scene where a character is about to do something stupid. And anyone who's ever seen a horror movie knows it's stupid, and the whole theater was just laughing that person was going to go through with it anyway.

I like that they used unknown actors, so we don't really know who's going to live or die or what the axing order might be.

This is a done-to-death genre, so it's wonderful to see someone inject life and new ideas into it.

1 comment:

dtmmr.com said...

More fun than it was scary, but that was fine with me. Good review John.