You’re Next – Film Review
In the UK you can’t get free postage on an Amazon purchase unless it’s £10 or over. I already had two DVDs in my basket but they only equated to £8 – I needed something else.
I saw You’re Next for a fair price in my favourite section – the horror section and that’s basically how I came to watch it – an add-on item so I could get free postage. Though finding out it was made by Adam Wingard who made the BRILLIANT The Guest (2014) (my review here) did give me high hopes.
You’re Next is a horror with a plot somewhat reminiscent of films seen before but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as it’s one that generally works pretty well. This particular story centres on a big family reunion in a beautiful (ISOLATED!) country house belonging to the Davison family. The Davison’s consists of two parents, four adult kids and all their partners. Everything is going as well as can be expected with some fun bickering and sibling rivalry until masked madmen storm the property and start trying to kill them.
That old chestnut. But guess what, things aren’t that simple. The killers aren’t counting on someone fighting back and they certainly aren’t counting on that person being cute little Erin, the new girlfriend of son Crispian (one of them is called Felix for fuck’s sake) who is a kick arse hard bitch and refuses to go down without a fight.
So is it any good?
Yes definitely an entertaining watch. I even enjoyed the first twenty minutes of setting up the movie, which – apart from a shocking opener scene YAY – was all about introducing the characters and relationship dynamics.
And obviously it’s nice to see a female lead in a horror film that has more to do than just take her bra off. Erin the Warrior was a cool chick and the only likable person in the whole film (to be frank).
I liked the vibe of the film which – though mainly fairly serious, had some great tongue-in-cheek moments and reminded me of the glourious, GLOURIOUS The Guest. Plus there were a few surprises at the end of the movie I admit I didn’t entirely see coming – which was cool. It was nice to have some revelations which I didn’t second guess.
My only negative really it that it is fairly forgettable. Don’t get me wrong, it was enjoyable but nothing I hadn’t really seen before. God I sound like a bitch. But I found the killers a bit irritating in their big old scary animal masks and I just wanted to say “oi who do you think you are buster” and bash them over the head with a blunt instrument. Maybe I’m an Erin in the making? Yeah right…if something like this happened please find me underneath the nearest blanket curled up in a ball.
I also expected more gore but that might be my inner freak coming out. There were some pretty gross scenes that made me wince a tiny, weeny bit but for an 18 rated film I don’t remember anything too outrageous. It felt more on the ‘thriller’ side of the horror/thriller spectrum. Having said that the razor wire was pretty icky.
Still, a good effort and an enjoyable film. I won’t be rushing too hard to watch it again but, especially when compared to many recent horrors, I felt the writers made an effort with the story and it was fun to watch. Go Erin! And you could do so better than that cock Crispian.