Quickie: You’re Next

Crispian (AJ Bowen), along with his girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson), sister, brothers and their respective partners, celebrate his parents’ wedding anniversary out in the sticks at their new, swanky house. However, it’s not long before the celebrations are cut short by a brutal home invasion by masked attackers.

Some people are more freaked out by supernatural horror (me), whilst others find themselves gripping their seat with slasher-esque movies. If you fall into the latter category then You’re Next will likely have you double checking the locks when you get home.

The film has a distinctly b-movie feel to it, which is by no means a bad thing, and doesn’t hold back with its violence. There are even a couple of particularly grisly deaths that verge on video nasty territory. It’s well filmed with plenty of close up shots to give you that claustrophobic feel and restrict your on-screen peripheral vision. The use of shaky cam, however, does get a little tiresome after a while.

Whilst the film is tight and well constructed, it’s also a little shallow and you may well find yourself with little empathy for the main characters. Indeed, the attackers have more personality than most of the protagonists even though they’re masked up.

You’re Next is a pretty blatant attack on the middle class, but it does so with its tongue firmly lodged in its cheek. It recalls Scream at various instances, almost riffing on the home invasion sub-genre at times. It’s at no point cerebral but is a succinctly packaged piece of good gruesome fun.

4 pigeons

4/5 pigeons

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33 thoughts on “Quickie: You’re Next

  1. Mark Walker says:

    I had heard so many bad things about this, Chris, but a four pigeon rating is enough to grab my interest. I just might give it a chance.

  2. karamelkinema says:

    I’ve been wanting to watch this Chris, i heard both bad and good things about this one. And i’m actually freaked out by slasher films more i guess. I hope i’d be able to catch this before the run ended in my local cinema.

    • Yeah there are some very mixed reviews with this one but I thought it was good fun. Don’t go in expecting a masterpiece or anything and you should have a good time with it. It’s not the scariest but is pretty jumpy in places.

  3. theipc says:

    EXCELLENT! I don’t understand why some people are dogging on this movie – it’s good fun – and funny at parts! Nice work!

  4. CMrok93 says:

    Good review. So much fun, despite it not being the least bit scary. However, i don’t think it was meant to either, just to allow us to have a great time watching all of these people get hacked-away by whatever a person can find. Blenders included.

    • Thanks Dan. Yeah it’s not scary at all. There are a few jumpy bits but that’s just because of big bangs, etc. I just saw it as a bit of fun and I liked it and that blender scene is crazy, that’s proper video nasty stuff right there.

  5. I really loved this flick. It’s funny, gory, violent, and not too cliched. Great write-up!

  6. Excellent work Chris. I’d heard good things about this and your review has made me wanna see this even more 🙂

  7. ruth says:

    Nice to see you back reviewing again Chris! Well you know this isn’t for me even just by reading this “There are even a couple of particularly grisly deaths that verge on video nasty territory.” I’m also not fond of the use of shaky cam, makes me dizzy!

    • Thanks Ruth, thought i’d have a little break after the blogathon but I’m back now and looking forward to posting up some new stuff 🙂 Yeah I can’t see this being your cup of tea and if you don’t like shaky cam then this might give you motion sickness, it gets very shaky at times!

  8. Zoë says:

    Hmmm, another believer in this film… I really should get to checking it out. Awesome quickie!

  9. Nice review! I found it to be a wasted opportunity and fails to bring anything noteworthy to the used-up home invasion story. However, it does feature some impressive scenes, kills and gore and is entertaining for the most part.

  10. vinnieh says:

    Great work, I’ve heard mixed things about this but I may check it out.

  11. sati says:

    Great write up! I see so much promotion for this film but I have little idea what it’s actually about. I like horror films so I’m definitely going to check this one on DVD.

  12. table9mutant says:

    Good review and I think you actually liked this slightly more than I did based on your rating. I felt the need to see this and get a review out there as SO many bloggers were giving it crazily good reviews! It was pretty good for a slasher/home invasion movie. Just not very “me”. I definitely prefer supernatural horror & much preferred The Conjuring. And I’m a wuss with gore. (But the blender bit was good…) 😉

    • Thanks 🙂 I was torn between a 4 and a 3.5 rating but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. See I have no problem with gore whatsoever, just as long as it’s not just for the sake of it, and I liked the level of it here. Some people have really taken to it, some not so much; seems like one of those kinds of films!

  13. Monkeyboy says:

    Well, I wasn’t that interested in this one, mainly because I didn’t like A Horrible Way to Die by the same director. But a gruesome scene with a blender, you say? Sounds great! 😀

  14. jjames36 says:

    I did not like this one. Much at all. Though I did like Sharni Vinson. But so many people did like it that I have a bunch of reviews, and you have finally explained the big key I just didn’t experience. The black humor. The tongue I’m cheek.

    These things didn’t work for me – they fell flat. Now I understand that they did work for the folks who enjoyed the film more than I did. Almost makes me want to see it a second time to see if I would enjoy it more when approaching it with a different mindset.

    Thanks for the great review!

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