Movie Review: ‘You’re Next’ underwhelms and fails to deliver the goods

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When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

What can I say about You’re Next? I was highly anticipating a siege type horror movie, like something in lines of, but more terrifying than, The Strangers. The trailers along with the theme music really seemed to be creating an atmosphere of an exciting horror story.

But it fell flat on it’s face and died a horrible death.

[Spoilers] The beginning of the movie showed promise. The opening sequence of the film was the typical slasher type intro with the brutal death of a couple. The deaths were in the line of ‘typical’ horror movies from the 80’s and 90’s where those people who commit sin (sex, drinking, etc) are nothing but slasher bait.

Once we made it past the obligatory partial nudity scene and slashing, I was intrigued by some of the filming. The shots of the ice in the glass, the liquor pouring into the glass, the close up of the CD, the focus of the camera on the dust behind a car, and the lingering shots of the forest passing along the car were all quite impressive and set up almost an artistic feeling to the film. 

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Once the family began to gather at the family estate, we experienced a few honest jump scares and it seemed like the movie was setting up to be something special. The dinner scene followed almost the exact path as what was showed in the trailers and commercials. One guy looks out of the window and receives an arrow to the head, so ending the life of one of the only sympathetic characters in the family.

At this time, the film began its not-so-slow deterioration into a low grade movie. So, what went wrong? In the short answer, almost everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.

Let’s start off with the filming. When chaos struck the household and all of the family were scrabbling for cover (the ones that didn’t just stand their like human targets), the camera began bouncing around like crack addicted kids leaping around a moon bounce. I can completely understand using a shaky cam technique to represent chaos and confusion in the minds of the family, but this was so erratic it actually pulled me out of the film and annoyed me.

Why don’t we talk about the characters themselves? I hated almost all of them. I could not wait to watch each of them to die a horrible death. Only about half of the cast garnered any following or interest from me. The rest I was actually rooting for them to die.

Youre-Next-Masks-e1363694243952-640x336The killers? I loved them at first. The masks genuinely created a mysterious and threatening atmosphere where the familiar is corrupted. The masks were creepy. And then one of the killers pulled off his mask. This completely ended the fear. When the killer’s faces were revealed, it completely removed any latent terror from the characters. This went from a horror movie to a home invasion flick. From this point on, I was basically just watching because I paid for a ticket.

While we did have a few original kills (death by blender was pretty amazing), a super strong ‘survivor girl’, and a plot twist that frankly surprised me, there was way too much that was predictable and unoriginal. Overall, I’m rating this as a 4 out of 10, and that rating is only due to the twist (which isn’t the 100% transparent twist 3/4 through the film, but the final twist) and the blender killing.

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