Thursday, 3 October 2013

You're Next (2013)

A horror film that uses correct punctuation

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.

Adam Wingard does an effective job on delivering another entry into the home invasion sub-genre, giving energetic direction, adding a touch of black humour and some gruesome kills, including one you'll want to see unfold from the second it's set up.

The characters are a mixed assortment. While it is great to see the tension bubble under between them, you never really feel for any of them, leaving the deaths to ring hollow. One character's fate is especially obvious once they disappear off-screen for a large portion of the running time. Home and Away star Sharni Vinson proves to be the best of the bunch, giving us a fantastic lead who really is one of the best 'final girls' to have appeared in recent years.

There's never anything on TV

However, it feels like this has been the victim of too much hype. Since its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, there has been nothing but good things to hear about this film, with it being labelled as 'The next Scream' in many places, and it doesn't really deserve the title. While it does puts a spin upon the usual home invasion films, it wallows in derivative moments throughout, leaving it to fall short of matching the levels of genius that Scream achieved.

You're Next is far from the next big thing for horror films, but if you go in expecting only an entertaining 94 mins, you won't be disappointed.

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