Film Review – You’re Next


Another day, another slasher flick. With the notable exception of John Carpenter’s original Halloween I generally find this particular horror subgenre repulsive and/or funny rather than scary. Even the great granddaddy of them all, Psycho, I tend to view as a black comedy, which says a lot about my sense of humour.

Anyway, to the matter at hand. As expected You’re Next is repulsively gory and only occasionally funny but not scary. The plot rehashes just about every other slasher film ever made, and although director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett try to give the usual cliches a fresh lick of paint, the big twists are easy to see coming.

The plot setup is very familiar: a family gathering in a remote location comes under siege by murderous assailants in animal masks. These wealthy and unsympathetic characters are dispatched in inventively gruesome ways, but the girlfriend of one family member turns out to be a trained survivalist and fights back.

Make no mistake – anyone without tolerance for industrial amounts of gore (and swearing) should give this 18 rated bloodbath a very wide berth. For anyone who does like this kind of thing, there are far more effective entries in the genre. I can’t even recommend it on a style over substance basis as the style is unremarkable. Obviously the substance is just lots of horrible people being horribly killed.

In short, don’t bother.

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2 Responses to Film Review – You’re Next

  1. Andy Carslaw says:

    I’m going to throw the original Black Christmas (1974) at you (but not the terrible terrible remake). If nothing else, you can thank it for being the main pre-cursor to JC’s Halloween. It relies on psychology and atmosphere for it’s scares rather than high-body counts, gore or sudden noise… And yes, it has quite a bit of that dark humour you mentioned.

  2. simondillon says:

    Indeed. The original Black Christmas is a neglected gem. It also features a pre-Superman Margot Kidder doesn’t it?

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