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One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, YOU'RE NEXT reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist on home-invasion horror. When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped...until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.

The Davisons, an upper-class family, are extremely wealthy -- but also estranged. In an attempt to mend their broken family ties, Aubrey (Barbara Crampton) and Paul (Rob Moran) Davison decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary by inviting their four children and their children's significant others to their weekend estate. The celebration gets off to a rocky start, but when crossbow-wielding assailants in animal masks suddenly attack, the Davisons must pull together or die.



You're Next Movie

By Chris Nashawaty August 29, 2013 |

Given its title, you can be forgiven for assuming that Adam Wingard’s home-invasion thriller will be just another blood-soaked body-count flick. But You’re Next is better than that. A lot better. An upscale couple (Barbara Crampton and Rob Moran) arrive at a remote vacation home to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary with their four grown children and the kids’ significant others. But before the bickering family can get through their first dinner, all hell breaks loose. A trio of sickos in cutesy-creepy animal masks armed with crossbows and axes start killing off members of the corduroy-and-cardigans clan in brutally efficient ways. The relentless violence does get to be a bit much, but what juices this bare-bones premise and lifts it above the weekly slew of run-of-the-mill splatterfests is Wingard’s canny knack for leavening his characters’ gory demises with sick laughs and clever Rube Goldberg twists (razor-sharp piano wire hasn’t been used this well since 1999’s Audition). It’s like Ordinary Peoplemeets Scream. While AJ Bowen (Hatchet II), Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), and director-actor Joe Swanberg all stand out in the cast, You’re Next is smart not to fill the screen with familiar faces; they’d ruin the guessing game of Who’ll make it to the end? Speaking of which, you’ll want to brace yourself for the last shot. It’s so deliciously twisted, it will make you walk out of the theater feeling like you just endured a grueling, giddy workout. B+



'You're Next' review: Cut above the typical slasher

By Mick LaSalle Updated 3:38 pm PDT, Thursday, August 22, 2013 |

Photo: Corey Ransberg, Lionsgate

You're Next" features better performances than most slasher films offer, and the script offers surprises.

Slasher thriller. Starring Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci and AJ Bowen. Directed by Adam Wingard. (R. 96 minutes.)

About halfway through "You're Next," the realization dawns that this is not a rebooted slasher from the 1980s, but something more shrewd and self-aware, something even slightly funny - and not by accident. This doesn't mean that people who don't like slashers need to see it, but it does mean that, among movies in this lowly genre - face it: the lowliest - "You're Next" is one of the better ones.

After an opening scene in which two people are killed for having sex, or at least they have sex and get killed soon afterward (very '80s), the movie settles into a family saga-siege. Four grown siblings and their significant others gather together in a country house, celebrating Mom and Dad's 35th wedding anniversary. And then someone has to spoil it all by shooting arrows at them from a crossbow through the windows. The mirth is displaced. Dinner is ruined

"You're Next" could be used as an NRA recruitment video, in that a couple of rifles inside the house could have solved the intruder problem in no time. But then the movie might have been only 20 minutes long. Instead, it's a long drawn-out ordeal, one that - and this is the good part - gets better as it goes along.



ByNicholas BellPublished on September 12, 2011 |

A fun if altogether trivial entry in home invasion horror.

Indie horror filmmaker Adam Wingard's latest, You're Next, is certainly an homage to home invasion genre horror classics. Attempting to avoid the pratfalls of an all too familiar set up, the film gets high marks for creating a refreshingly strong female protagonist and an extremely high vibe of tongue-in-cheek audacity. While the absence of misogynist undertones makes this an extremely pleasurable horror crowd pleaser, the predilection for cheap laughs lightens the thrills to such an extent that it flies past black comedy into parody during key sequences.

The film opens with the brutal murder of a man and his newly acquired young ingénue in a swank country abode. The words “You're Next” get scrawled on the windows in between the murders of these two victims. Soon after, we're introduced to the neighbors (Rob Moran and Re-Animator 's Barbara Crampton) as they drive to their mansion next door to engage in a family reunion. As they set up the house, their four children arrive, each bringing a significant other (played by a number of notable younger film alums, like directors Ti West and Joe Swanberg). But their son, Crispian, (AJ Bowen, star of Wingard's 2010 A Horrible Way To Die ) brings a former student turned girlfriend, Erin (Sharni Vinson). As the dinner table turns into your B grade psychodrama, arrows start flying through the dining room windows and the residents realize that murderers wearing creepy animal masks are trying to kill them. With each murder, the level of gore and catchy one-liners rises considerably, and, while entertaining, are going more for laughs than anything terrifying. As the family falls apart, it becomes evident that Erin is really damn good at killing people. She has her reasons.

There's a lot to like with Wingard's latest, a film he says he made specifically for the midnight crowd, one looking for a wild, raucous time. However, due to the film's tendency to induce laughter rather than horror, the second half of the film lags considerably in between cool props and Sharni Vinson being delightfully awesome as she kills antagonists. Worse, the big reveal is somewhat of a clichéd letdown. What could have ranked up there as the US equal of France's excellent 2006 film, Them (and no, The Strangers, 2008, is not that equivalent) falls out of competition with a hurried and ridiculous conclusion. But that's not to say there's a lot of fun new ways of killing people introduced in You're Next . Oh, and Barbara Crampton's presence should be fan boy heaven, but while she's great in her bit, she's ultimately under-utilized.

Reviewed on September 10 at the 2011 Toronto Int. Film Festival – MIDNIGHT MADNESS Programme.



Fantastic Fest ’11 Review: Why You’ll Hope “You’re Next” to See Adam Wingard’s Brilliant New Horror Flick


“It’s been a long time since we’ve all been together,” Crispian (AJ Bowen) warns his girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson) on the car ride over to his parents’ 35th anniversary. “So it should be…interesting.”

Still, he couldn’t possibly know just how interesting things will get in “You’re Next,” director Adam Wingard’s third collaboration with writer Simon Barrett following last year’s low-budget, high intrigue “A Horrible Way to Die” and to say their latest takes it to another level would be an understatement. Whether it’s considered an action movie where the deaths are more gruesome or a horror exercise where every casualty means something before they meet their fate, “You’re Next” is consistently and relentlessly rewarding in ways that films of any stripe rarely are.

As terrifying premises go, a family reunion isn’t a bad place to start, though that isn’t where Wingard and Barnett choose to open their film. Instead, we witness the murders of a young woman (Kate Lyn Sheil) and her lover (Larry Fessenden) in the film’s first frames set to the Dwight Twilley Band’s “Looking for the Magic,” which will forever rebrand that song in the same way Ti West did for The Fixx’s “One Thing Leads to Another” in “House of the Devil.” It isn’t such a coincidence then that West plays one of the significant others of the Davison clan who shows up at the family’s palatial estate in the woods, where naturally sibling rivalries are stoked and career and life choices are compared.

Yet the slings and arrows launched between the underachieving Crispian, his insufferable brother Drake (Joe Swanberg, in a role that will please the actor/director’s fans anddetractors), and their reserved brother Felix (Nicholas Tucci) and favored sister Aimee (Amy Seimetz) over the anniversary dinner table are quickly interrupted by more lethal ones that shatter the windows of the Davisons’ home in a maelstrom that takes out a few of their number immediately. With the perpetrators unseen by the family, the surviving members set about the best way to protect themselves and scatter accordingly, though the heretofore quiet Erin emerges as the most resourceful of the bunch, able to find creative ways to use a meat tenderizer and set up a makeshift guillotine at the front door out of a pickaxe and some tripwire.

Such invention is what powers “You’re Next” through a fairly traditional plot pitting the family against what’s eventually discovered to be three assailants in creepy beige animal masks (statuesque faces of a lamb, a tiger and a fox). But Wingard and Barrett don’t have to strain to make the audience share in Davisons’ fear of being attacked around every corner and the adrenaline rush that comes when they elude death, which isn’t to say anyone is held sacred by the film as a series of shocking murders commences — even after being deceased, their corpses could still be fodder for the black humor as sharp as the knives often brandished onscreen that makes it all so fun.

The fun is also in no small part due to the instantly endearing mix of actors onhand, which ranges from cherished genre presences like “The Re-Animator”’s Barbara Crampton as the family’s matriarch to indie staples such as Swanberg and Seimetz. However, as perhaps the least known quantity on American shores, Vinson is the real breakout, following her physically demanding lead performance in “Step Up 3D” with a role that’s far more multidimensional as a character while taking advantage of her inherent agility. If handled properly by Lionsgate, who picked up the film during the Toronto Film Festival, Vinson’s cunning turn as Erin could potentially become iconic as one of the strongest female action heroes in a generation, which is fitting since gems as smart and satisfying as “You’re Next” come around just as rarely.

“You’re Next” will open in 2013 via Lionsgate.




You're Next is a simultaneously nihilistic and grossly incompetent horror homage

*1/2 Simon Abrams August 23, 2013

"You're Next" is a simultaneously nihilistic and grossly incompetent horror homage. Imagine "Ten Little Indians" remade by horror buffs who don't have the patience to reproduce what they love most about horror films. Wingard, Barrett and company don't do anything with the slasher conventions they play around with.

Watching "You're Next" is like eating a tin-foil-wrapped tray of leftovers. It's a hamburger, so you shouldn't expect steak. But the contents of your tray are: a half-eaten, microwave-nuked cheeseburger; leaves of wilting, translucent lettuce; slices of yellowing, sickly tomato; and floppy, soggy french fries. Consuming this product is not entirely unpleasant since it's almost impossible to screw up such a short order. But that doesn't change the sad fact that "You're Next" is essentially a flavorless leftover. It looks like what you ordered, but it's only satisfying if you settle for much less.

Because "You're Next" is an assembly-line product made on a small production line, the film has a situation instead of a plot, and types instead of characters. All you need to know is this: A family of estranged siblings re-unite for dinner with their parents. They are subsequently hunted down by masked killers before they can develop personalities, though they all have obvious tics meant to signal personality. For example, Felix (Nicholas Tucci) is shy because he doesn't say anything. His girlfriend Zee (Wendy Glenn) is jaded because she rolls her eyes and smokes. And Drake (Joe Swanberg) is an opinionated asshole because he smirks a lot and is generally loud. So we root for Erin (Sharni Vinson), an Australian college student, because she's the only one who can handle herself in a crisis. Better still, Erin is really good at killing people with improvised weapons. Like, brutally. As in, once she starts putting the hurt on an assailant, she doesn't stop until blood rockets out of freshly created orifices. Look out Sarah Connor, here comes Erin!

Erin's a cold-blooded badass because she grew up around survivalists. This isn't really a spoiler because that information doesn't tell you anything about the character. All it tells you is that Erin can beat people up real good because her family are the most extreme doomsday preppers, the kind who anticipate the end of the world by learning how to survive in any hostile environment.

Knowing that Erin was raised as a survivalist doesn't provide a foundation towards understanding her actions. Instead, it serves as a pretext for her contextless behavior. All we need to know is that Erin's pretty good at being brutal. The scene where Erin tells us about her survivalist past is bereft of any memorable details. This is not an explanation, it's an excuse. It's the filmmakers's way of excusing their love of ghoulishly sadistic violence.

"You're Next" is tonally all over the map. It's as if Wingard and Barrett had a checklist of stuff they wanted to see in their film, and didn't know how to work around that list. Some kill scenes are serious and icky (look before you run!), while some are gross and funny (headshot!). The difference between these two kinds of violence isn't substantial. The film's macabre sense of humor is especially poorly timed. One character pouts "you never want to do anything interesting" when their partner refuses to have sex on top of a corpse. That sequence is sandwiched between scenes where characters maim each other with gusto, especially each other's throats.

The film is also visually confusing. Most of the film's action is covered, and not composed. You can't tell if characters are geographically close to each other until they actually bump into each other, thanks to Wingard's serial abuse of jiggly, close-up-heavy hand-held camerawork. And the film's plotting is equally choppy. It's like you're channel-surfing, and any inter-related scenes are only coincidentally united by a coherent narrative. Characters disappear and re-appear on a whim, and, eventually watching killers pop out of unusual places gets pretty tedious. Even if you're really in the mood for scraps, "You're Next" isn't going to tide you over.





*** Jason E
Jan 10, 2014
Interesting spin on the home invasion horror movie with a touch of humor here and there.


**** Joe O
Jan 10, 2014
So well paced and thought out that the incredibly predictable story seems more like a strategic decision allowing you to really focus on every element of the film as an entity. The best music of 2013 as well. Unnerving, exciting and hilarious, and if the music can hold that much depth just imagine what the rest holds. Another badge of honour of the horror genre.


***** Adam G
Jan 10, 2014
I loved this one. It's a completely new thing, a perfect script for this kind of horror film. Great surprise!


**** ½ Shaun J
Jan 09, 2014
Not only the best horror film I've seen in a very long time, but one of the best films period. Other than the gimmicky "you're next" blood splatter, there's nothing negative to say about it. The scares were effective, the cinematics were clever and well-executed, and the plot was intriguing and captivating. An overall fascinating movie.


**** Miguel T
Jan 09, 2014
A great, twisty take on home invasion thrillers, with some hilariously dark comedy. Also, the best female lead in a horror movie who is very smart and kick ass.


** Frank S
Jan 09, 2014
I honestly didn't know what the hype about this movie was. .. an clearly still don't! C film at best IMO


**** John C
Jan 09, 2014
Cheesy but gory and suspenseful. Don't buy redbox only.


***½ Jen E
Jan 09, 2014
I skipped You're Next in theaters for the sheer fact that I thought it looked too much like The Strangers. To be quite honest, when I saw the first trailer I thought it was a surprise sequel but soon realized it was another movie with a similar premise. The only reason I watched this one now is the fact that I kept seeing it pop up on a lot of "best of 2013" lists. Was I happy that I skipped it in theaters? Sure. I'm not regretting giving this one a chance, though. With that said, I did enjoy You're Next for what it's worth. There were some good kills in it and it wasn't overly corny. I thought the acting suffered and the characters needed a lot more development, but it was a fun horror flick. The effects weren't horrible and it did have a sort of underground feel to it. When I say the acting suffered and the characters needed more development I mean it. The best actor in the entire film was Sharni Vinson and oddly enough, she was the main character. I get the fact that a lot of the people in this movie were also in V/H/S and I can understand why they were included here, but that doesn't mean they are all that great. As far as character development goes, there was literally none. You don't know why this family seemed to have a lot of tension between them and why certain siblings seemed to be more irritable than others. It was just a mess. Again, Sharni Vinson was the only character that really had any development and I think that was because they had to. You can't have a mid-20's girl suddenly kick into survival, killer mode with no explanation. Her being raised in a survivalist compound wasn't the most realistic but it worked. The main thing I did appreciate from this movie was the fact that the masked people didn't remain unknown the whole time. We see their faces, we know their motive, and it wasn't just random people who decide to crash a party and kill people. It was a nice change. Overall I wouldn't say this was the best movie but it was appreciated. I wouldn't put it on my "best of 2013" list but it definitely wasn't on the worst.


***½ Jonathan E
Jan 09, 2014
Smart and seriously funny. Doesn't take itself too seriously and the kills are brutal. Very inventive with its characters and dialogue. Not your run of the mill slasher movie.


*** Kamran H
Dec 28, 2013
Horror movie night with the cousins. Fun.


**** ½  Anthony J
Dec 28, 2013
everything you want in a horror film.


**** ½  Teresa G
Dec 28, 2013
OMG so Awesome!! Loved it!! Was a little slow at first but then on the edge of your seat the whole rest of the movie!!!


*** ½  Andrew S
Dec 28, 2013
A chilling warning scrawled in blood on a neighbor's wall starts an evening of bloody mayhem for the Davison family. A lively reunion is abruptly brought to an end when a gang of mysterious killers, disguised in animal masks, wage an all-out assault on the Davison's secluded home. Using a series of sophisticated traps, axes, crossbows and machetes, the family are slaughtered one by one until nowhere is safe. But neither the attackers, nor their victims, have counted on Erin; an innocent girlfriend who has the killer instinct to fight back...


Jess M
Dec 28, 2013
Lame, boring, predictable and tired. This movie has been done many times before and this version is weak. Bumbling home invaders with nothing but a crossbow and knives makes for a pathetic antagonist crew and it's difficult to sympathize with the "good guys" since they are so defenseless and incompetent (why didn't they have a gun in the house? Why didn't they see this coming?). A much better alternative is The Strangers.


** Jennifer S
Dec 28, 2013
Obnoxious. If this movie is "smart" then working plot and developing character has been officially hijacked. I expected random gruesome violence followed by insane fear, a degree of team effort, sexy leadership, and surprise disloyalty as a working formula. Yet, with only 1 brain among 10 in the midst of chaos, and a dull passivity that is not even remotely plausible with 5 male characters, the movie deteriorates. I paused it to Google a few reviews that categorized it as a "dark comedy." Really? IMHO - the beauty of black comedy lies in the set up of all possible motives as famously proven by auteurs from Coen Bro's to Tarantino. But, bloody hell, no pun intended, one hour of routine dysfunctional family with depersonalized mates means I am restless, and rolling my eyes after the mother is whacked and - hello - one of the non-descriptive mates takes a closer look while the others hang about on the staircase...never mind that a killer is clearly inside as well. No. Not clever. A missed opportunity fueled by the intrigue of a cross-bow and a bunny mask.


**** ½ Lesley F
Dec 27, 2013
Pretty awesome! Very different soundtrack to add to the horror of a home invasion film. The story was different, nice twists, and killings nicely done :))


** ½ Sarah J
Dec 27, 2013
Good but not that good.... Intriguing twist though :-)


**** Cürtis W
Dec 26, 2013
Surprisingly good. I never expected to enjoy this movie, but it was awesome with a great story line and gruesome horror scenes!!!


***** Lawrence G
Dec 25, 2013
loved this movie. watch it