You’re Next (2011) Directed by Adam Wingard. With Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A. J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg.
Boasting a ‘certified fresh‘ rating of 78% on Rotten Tomatoes (to date), it seems the film critics of the world were fooled by Adam Wingard’s home invasion horror flick, You’re Next. Easily fooled, at that.
At an isolated location (where else!?), it’s the wedding anniversary of Aubrey and Paul Davison. Siblings reunite with their rivalries and new partners in tow as Wingard directs an ensemble cast of little-known actors, brought together to be murdered in an order that, if isn’t quickly apparent, soon becomes so.
It starts like Meet The Parent’s meets Scream, transforming into a sadistic version of Home Alone as non-events unfold. Some have praised its twists, but in truth, underneath a few plot contrivances, it’s all terribly derivative. There is a strong undercurrent of black humour, but it’s punctured by a sadistic edge that leaves a manky aftertaste.
It’s giving away the game to say exactly who emerges at the forefront of the piece, suffice it to say, it wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t a group of maniacs chasing a pretty young girl. While it’s true that Wingard’s direction is solid, the film is too straight-out-of-the-manual to make any lasting impact.
Over a few bowls of popcorn and in the company of some like-minded friends, it might just scrape by as a passable movie-night cheap thrill. If, however, we’re asking where it stands in the grand pantheon of horror, or for that matter, if it has anything new or interesting to offer – that’s a big fat NO! 2.5/5