A few indie horror filmmakers lent their hands to the bloody, silly, fun B-movie flick ‘You’re Next’. Director Adam Wingard doesn’t shy away from chopping faces or slitting throats, and has cast horror-mates Joe Swanberg (‘V/H/S‘) and Ti West (‘The House of the Devil‘) in this blood-soaked romp. While it’s chaotic and stupid, the film has a high splatter level and is entertaining enough to keep horror fans talking. This is the perfect over-the-top scary movie to jumpstart the Halloween season.
Wingard seems to have taken a little bit from ‘Them’ and ‘Fortress’ to make ‘You’re Next’. The film takes place in a giant mansion away from city life. When four siblings and their significant others get together to see their parents, little do they know that several psychos in animal masks are watching them and will eventually start killing them one by one.
Since there are ten people to kill, Wingard disposes of a few fairly early on. It feels like everyone in this house can only cower, hide in a corner, or scream for long periods of time – that is, everyone except the Australian, Erin (Sharni Vinson), who seems to know how to survive any type of attack. About halfway through the movie, we find out why these people are murdering this family, and that’s where the pace picks up and the blood really starts flying. By the end, you’ll yell at the characters to do this or do that, and the movie ends with a fun-as-hell moment that will garner a big smile as you walk out of the theater.
This is the type of movie where the characters do asinine things that make you think they must want to die. But that’s what makes it so fun. The acting, script, and bloodletting are all done to ridiculous levels, and that’s the whole point. It’s a fast, crude, and highly entertaining horror flick. I mean, who doesn’t want to see a guy’s head chopped up by a smoothie blender?