Sound Off: Adam Wingard's Horror 'You're Next' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
August 24, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Grab anything you can use as a weapon." After being held for release for two years by Lionsgate, the home invasion horror film You're Next has finally arrived. It first premiered at TIFF/Fantastic Fest back in 2011 and earned rave reviews, but was held until 2013. In the film, a family gathers at their mansion home but comes under attack by animal mask-wearing intruders. One of the new guests, a girl named Erin (Sharni Vinson), steps up and starts kicking ass. So how is it? Does it live up to all the hype? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on You're Next.
Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! Beware of spoilers, don't ruin this film!
To fuel the fire, I finally got the chance to see You're Next earlier this year and I, admittedly, loved it. It's a great film, well-made and refreshing for horror. The "twist" with the Aussie girl (Sharni Vinson) kicking ass is all kinds of awesome, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching her wreak havoc on the thugs, but it wasn't as shocking or revolutionary (for the home invasion sub-genre) as many claim. It's just a well-done version of the "someone finally fights back" take on home invasion, which is refreshing because so many horror films do it wrong or have no hope for the ones being tormented, but this time she finally fights back and rules the day. By the end, the only thought running through my mind - I need to find a badass Australian girlfriend.
What did you think of Adam Wingard's You're Next? Best horror in years or a boring rehash? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!
Reader Feedback - 10 Comments
My review has yet to post, but on the whole, I enjoyed it! I admit at first I found it a bit boring and run of the mill, UNTIL THE PLOT TWIST KICKED IN!! That's when the movie got exciting for me! That's when it started happening! Oh, and by twist, I wasn't referring to Sharni's character, although she was brilliant and a VERY welcome element, I meant the "situation" itself.
Joan Stevenson on Aug 24, 2013
My daughter and I loved this movie. Cringing one moment and yelling murder at the screen the next. We go to the movies every Saturday and a movie for us is usually judged by the ride home. We were giddy the whole way.
michael gazo on Aug 24, 2013
I saw it at Comic-Con and have been telling everyone to go see it. I absolutely loved it.
tyban81 on Aug 24, 2013
I really enjoyed this! Short and simple, the dark humor was a nice little touch too.
axalon on Aug 24, 2013
It was a fun, bloody film, that didn't blow me away like I thought, but it still was worth the wait. Shame though, there were maybe ten people in the theater. Perhaps at World's End which I, did not get to see yet, but I know that is a definite buy for me.
mooreworthy on Aug 24, 2013
(SPOILER) Great fun. The only "WTF?" moment for me was after the mother was killed inside the house---no one immediately freaked and said, "THE KILLER IS IN THE HOUSE!" They just all grieved and wept...and then a couple scenes later it was mentioned. That seemed a little "off" to me. Also, when the daughter ran pell mell out of the house to be hero for her Dad. I expected one of the psychos to be waiting with an ax, not the wire. But even that "scene" seemed like a "scene" to have her run into the wire. But those two little blips were about all that gave me pause---I thought it was a lot of fun and nicely done. But it looked/was very brutal so I'm sure the mainstream audience that might take a chance on THE PURGE or THE CONJURING stayed away from this since it looked pretty rough---and it was.
WellDoneProductions on Aug 24, 2013
loved it. with a micro budget of less than 1 mil, it blows so many of today's horror movies out of the water. It was all about the execution in making this movie, and they did a great job.
Jacob Denton on Aug 25, 2013
It was ok. I felt like they introduced too many characters too fast.The acting was so bad i was almost glad to see the first 3 family members killed. It def gave me spoof kinda feeling but i do give the gore a solid 8 1/2.
Kim on Aug 25, 2013
I'd give it a solid 9/10 . Just SOME bad actors. Girl kicked ass.
Ridge on Aug 25, 2013
What a breath of fresh air. In a day and age when I have to listen to several people a day tell me that The Conjuring was a good movie, I'm glad there are writers and directors still making good horror.
Chiroptera Exsanguination on Aug 25, 2013
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