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.
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.