You’re Next (2011)


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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 came to £8……I needed something else.

I like horror films so I checked out the horror section and saw You’re Next for a fair price. And that’s basically how I came to buy it – it was an add-on item so I could get free postage. Though I knew it was made by Adam Wingard who made the brilliant The Guest (2014) (my review here) and it was rated 18 (oooh!) so I had a feeling I made a good choice.

And out of the three DVDs I ordered, I actually ended up watching You’re Next first. Now if I was American this is where I’d say “go figure!” (not even entirely sure what that means) but I’m British so I’ll say “tally ho” instead.

Anyway, stop babbling Emma. Talk about the film you’re supposed to be reviewing.

You’re Next is a horror / thriller with a fairly generic plot reminiscent of numerous films seen before but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. So long as it’s a plot that generally works and I think this one does very nicely. This particular story centres on a big family reunion in a beautiful (but 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 bickering and sibling rivalry aplenty until……masked madmen start trying to kill them.

Yep, that old chestnut.

But hey guess what? Things aren’t going to be that simple. The killers weren’t counting on someone fighting back. And they certainly weren’t counting on that person being Erin – the new girlfriend of son Crispian (yeah I know…but one of them was called Felix for fuck’s sake) – who is a kick arse survivalist and certainly won’t go down without a fight.

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So is it any good?  

Yes definitely good. It’s a 90 minute film that is entertaining throughout. And I’ve always liked horror films with ‘bickering families’ – it makes a change from ‘sexy teens’ and the dialogue is often more interesting and amusing. I even enjoyed the first 20 minutes of the movie which – apart from a shocking opener scene – was more about introducing the characters and relationship dynamics. As soon as it began I thought ‘yeah I’m going to enjoy this’.

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 too. The other characters felt odd to me, like they were just a bunch of random people in a room. Which to be fair, they somewhat were. Not that it bothered me too much, as the viewer I knew Erin and Crispian (ahhh that name…) were the main characters and the rest were….there’s a phrase I’m looking for, something about fish in a barrel?

Anyway, there were a few surprises at the end of the movie and I must admit I didn’t entirely see all of them coming – which was cool. It was nice to have some revelations which I didn’t second guess.

I also liked the ‘vibe’ of the film which, though mainly fairly serious, had some great tongue-in-cheek moments and reminded me of Wingard’s more recent film The Guest – both films were rich in dark, twisted humour which I always enjoy.

My only negatives about the film were that it was fairly forgettable. Don’t get me wrong, it was very enjoyable but nothing I hadn’t really seen before. I found the killers irritating more than anything else in their ‘big old scary animal masks’ (said in a kid’s voice) I just wanted to say to them “who the fuck do you think you are?!” and bash them over the head with a blunt instrument. Hey, maybe I’m an Erin in the making? (yeah right…if something like this happened you’d find me underneath the nearest blanket)

I also expected more gore, but that might be my inner freak coming out. There were some pretty gross scenes that made me wince but all in all, for an 18 rated film I don’t remember anything too outrageous. It felt more on the ‘thriller’ side of the horror/thriller spectrum. But 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.

Recommend!

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63 Responses to You’re Next (2011)

  1. Good review Emma. This movie is enjoyable in places but kind of forgettable too. The family bickering was cool though haha. Overall, The Guest worked a lot better for me. 😀

    • emmakwall says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂

      Yeah I did enjoy it, I hope that came across. But at the same time nothing hugely ground breaking. Just a bit of fun!

      Haha I love bickering families, have you seen Dead End? That’s great for bickering families!

      Yes I loved The Guest, that had much more impact for me. Really, really good film. Look forward to Wingard (and Co) next film!!

      • For sure, you’re enjoyment of the movie came across! Haha, I’ll have to add Dead End to my watch list, I actually have never heard of it before . Very cool to see that Wingard is building up a fan base, I’m looking forward to his next film too. 😀

        • emmakwall says:

          Good! 🙂

          Yeah Dead End is a pretty good film, it’s weirder than You’re Next and has supernatural elements. But boy….do that family bicker! Haha.

          Yeah definitely!! It’s nice to follow someone new(ish) and watch them grow and make more movies 🙂

          I definitely love The Guest the most so far!!

  2. romeorites says:

    I haven’t seen this yet but at first glance it reminds me of The Strangers with a bit of The Purge thrown in.
    Crispian? Really?

    • emmakwall says:

      Don’t!!! There was a Felix, Crispian, Drake and Zee. AHHH!

      Yeah it reminded me of The Strangers too! It was less ‘nasty’ than The Strangers though, not just the humour but the killers themselves. Don’t get me wrong – they were nasty! But not so psychopathic.

      Hope you’re well! 🙂

  3. I LOVED this movie! It creeped me out but made me laugh. It’s a horror comedy but it sounds like that didn’t totally come across in your viewing, just a tad though? I am a big fan of a few of the actors/directors in the movie and I love seeing them pop up in each other’s work(Ti West, Joe Swanberg). I thought this one did a good job of taking the familiar premise and twisting it and adding in the silly stuff. I’m glad you watched but I wish you loved it more! Oh well, onto the next=)!

    • emmakwall says:

      Thanks for the comment Susan!!! 🙂

      I did enjoy this a lot (promise!) on the grand scale of film enjoyment it was definitely high up! Yeah I thought they were all friends haha, they all pop up in the same movies don’t they! Even the writer does some acting doesn’t he? I like that sort of thing. They almost feel like YOUR friends in the end! (or is that just me?!)

      I loved the fact it was a family (made it more interesting) and it was a pretty clever ending that I didn’t entirely see coming. As far as ‘home invasion’ thriller films go I’ve seen a few and this didn’t break any new ground for me but I’ll definitely watch it again at some point 🙂

      As far as Wingard films go though….I’m all about The Guest!

      Speaking of which, I did enjoy the humour in this! I didn’t find it ‘hilarious’ throughout but picked up on funny lines (and deaths!! By blender?!!!)

      • Yes they do kind of seem like friends of mine or maybe I’m weird and goofy (and you are too!!) because I see them pop up and think “the crew’s all here!” which is super lame of me. Who cares though I’m just excited to see creative people collaborating I guess right? That’s the coolest part of it. The Guest is a superb masterpiece!!
        Death by blender is up there for sure…I also really enjoyed all of Joe Swanberg’s ridiculous asshole character lines like talking about how commercials are so great the dinner table to the independent documentary filmmaker and when he said he was the fastest runner in the group except he had an arrow stuck in his back. That guy!
        And especially at the end when what’s his name said(oh cripe I’ve forgotten all the character’s names!) she was weird for being so good at killing.

        • emmakwall says:

          Haha yeah actually I liked that character! Well I liked him in the film because he was an arsehole and it was funny. He probably stuck out to me the most, second only to Erin (of course!) I forgot about that conversation about commercials and independent film making. What a tosser!!!!!! If I’d thought I would have written more in my review about it. He was so smug. I got the feeling they were trying to show them as a very ‘middle class’ family.

          We are weird and goofy and I LOVE IT!!! I honestly do feel like I’m with a group of friends sometimes when I’m watching film or TV. And sometimes I want to watch something AGAIN just to see ‘the crew’ again!!!! I get lonely without them !!!

          And I feel the same when I’m chatting to you 🙂

          No not lonely! Lol. With a friend 🙂

          • I’ll see if I can find that dinner table scene online because I want to view it again. It seemed like that conversation helped bring out the independent filmmakers’ frustrations when explaining their work to people in real life except we saw a slightly exaggerated version. Very funny!
            The family seemed to be at least upper middle class if not wealthy judging by their home(their second home wasn’t it? too) and their clothing but when they spoke, like the commercial lover guy, they seemed smug and pretentious, at least that one character did. I thought they were almost a spoof of a wealthy American family especially with the medicated Mother and her anxiety.
            I might have to watch that movie again!

            I guess we sort of are blogger buddies now=)!

            and I love talking about movies, so many interesting points, like you made here, come up that didn’t occur to me before. Love it!

            • emmakwall says:

              Definitely blogger buddies!!! I’d be devastated if you thought otherwise!!!

              I meant to ask, any news with 28 Days Later CD?

              Yes definitely!! I totally agree!!! They were a spoof ‘perfect’ American family. I kept thinking about their names as well – Felix? Crispian? POSH!!

              I know it sounds silly but Erin never really came across like that, originally being from Oz, even before she turend all kick-arse you had the feeling she had a more working class background.

              I was quite surprised at the ending too. Especially with Crispian…!

              I actually feel like watching it again now lol 🙂

            • My first born’s shall be Felix and Crispian! Actually I love name Felix, I would mind that one but next o Crispian, jeesh! I’ve never met a Crispian in my life, you?

              Erin kicked so ass. She did seem working class, intelligent, clever, and ?HARDCORE. I think Australia as the base for her survivalist group she grew up in or whatever that backstory was is perfect. When I think Australia I just think of badassery all around!
              Maybe I’m stereotyping:/
              I’ll try to give it a watch soon and take some notes on how amazing that ridiculous dinner table scene is. =)

              No news on 28 Days Later yet. I didn’t order it yet because I am cheap. As soon as I get my tax refund I have a short list of splurge-y things to get. I can’t wait to be driving around to that thing next October around Halloween.

  4. Tally Ho Emma! I’m glad this movie worked out. We have to do the same thing over here to get free shipping from Amazon. I’ve taken a chance on a few things and sometimes it’s worked out, and other times not so much. I can’t wait to hear about You Can’t Kill Stephen King 🙂

  5. theipc says:

    Clam!!

    WOOO HOOOOO! I LOVED this movie!! Good call!!

    Love Pen

  6. The Vern says:

    Good review Emmy. I want more women in horror films to kick more ass in these types of films and if they can do it with less clothes on. Well that’s a win win for me. I’m all about equal oppertunities. I do agree that while it is fun. It is sort of forgetable. Althought I did think the gore level was just right. Curious to see what movies reaches your gore quota.

    • emmakwall says:

      Oh you know – screwdriver in the eye, super glue down the urethra – maybe a flame thrower?

      Only kidding!!!! (kind of…)

      Thanks Verny 🙂

      Yes nice to see a girl kicking some arse in a movie! And totally understand the win win situation for you should she be less than dressed !

      Yeah I have nothing against this film at all, it was really fun and enjoyable from start to finish. It was just nothing hugely new, though I do appreciate they added a few twists and turns not always seen in films like this.

  7. I thought it was quite a good little horror film. It was meant to be cliched, though there were a few surprises along the way. Good review. 🙂

  8. emmakwall says:

    Thanks Dazza! Well…..You Can’t Kill Stephen King which I will review soon (I pretty much thought the exact same as you!) and a British film called Made in Britain starring a very young (and racist) Tim Roth. I am going to watch that this week, maybe even tonight and will review soon!

  9. newguy87 says:

    nice review, easily one of the best horrors of the year of release, but what were the other two DVDs?

  10. Not a massive horror fan but from your review it sounds more of a thriller so I might give it a go one day

    • emmakwall says:

      I have been known to underestimate the gore in movies. I lent my mum and my brother a film once that I saw as ‘a bit of laugh’ and they were both traumatised by it….!

      I would say this is more of a thriller….. but I’ve seen so much gore I might have screwed up vision! Still if you ever watch it, hope you enjoy 🙂

      Thanks for the comment!

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