Review: You’re Next (2011)

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“This wasn’t a random attack! Our family’s being targeted.” 
– Paul

Crispian (A.J. Bowen) is on the way to a family reunion is Missouri and is taking his new girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson) with him to meet the family. He does not seem thrilled about the reunion aspect or spending time with his parents, but there they are. At the vacation house, Paul (Rob Moran) and Aubrey (Barbara Crampton), Crispian’s parents, are attempting to get the house ready and settle in. The rest of Crispian’s family arrives, consisting of his condescending and superior brother Drake (Joe Swanberg) and his wife Kelly (Margaret Laney), his younger sister Aimee (Amy Seimetz) and her boyfriend Tariq (Ti West), and his older brother Felix (Nicholas Tucci) and his girlfriend Zee (Wendy Glenn). Big happy family.

you're next family dinner

“Dear Heavenly Father we thank thee for thy food, feed our souls on the bread of life, and to help us do our part, with kind words and loving deeds. Amen.” – Paul

Their reunion does not go as planned, and before anyone knows what is happening, an attack has been launched against the family over a squabble at dinner. Tariq is killed and Drake is shot through the shoulder with an arrow. Mass panic ensues, and nobody seems to know what to do. Erin starts to assume control, and has everyone take cover in the entry hall of the massive home. Using chairs as cover, the party starts to move, though the attack seems endless. A plan is hatched to let Aimee run for a car and to go and get help, seeing as she is the fastest running. The attempt is botched badly when Aimee is mangled by a garrote wire that was strung up in front of the door. Erin assumes control, trying to plan defences.

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“Grab anything that might make a good weapon.” – Erin

Whoever is out there is intent on getting them. Erin is scarily good at defence, and is exasperated when the whole family does what they want anyway. Aubrey is not dealing with Aimee’s death, and is butchered upstairs in her room by an assailant wearing a fox mask (Lane Hughes). The assailant is still in the house, making it just as unsafe inside. Kelly figures this out first, and flees in a panic, though she does not make it far. The intruders have already butchered the neighbours, and Kelly is soon caught by a man in a lamb mask. Crispian tells Erin that he is going to try and get to a car, try and get away and get help for them, he is sure that driving a bit will get him out of the cellular deadzone that has been inflicted on the family. Erin is not pleased, but ultimately has to let him go. She needs to get the remaining family members sorted and organised, find a way to survive, all the while hoping that Crispian finds help soon.

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“Why would anybody do this?” – Drake

Who has launched the nonsensical attack on the family? When will Crispian return? Will help arrive before they have all been butchered? Why is Erin so adept at defences? Is she a part of what is going on? Why is she so knowledgeable? Will she be able to get them all covered and safe enough to wait for help, or will the family have to join in on the brutalities in order to survive? Is there method to the madness?

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GRADE 7This is a fun film provided you do not try to take it too seriously, because then the flawed logic will completely pummel your mind. It was put together well, there was the obligatory blood, guts, and gore, I really liked that, it was well done. It was one of those permanent instances of “you idiots” flashing through your mind but it was a lot of fun, and it was worth waiting for. I can see why some people would have issues, but I can also understand the praise that the film garnered. I must say that there were no likable characters in here though, nobody you really root for or can understand, but then again a horror/slasher film really isn’t that much about character development. I thought that Sharni Vinson did a very good job as Erin, she really had me wondering what the hell was up half the time. I thought the premise was alright, though certainly nothing revolutionary. It was shot well, too. The movie played it safe, overall, in terms of what it tried to do, but the recipe worked for this. I had a pretty good time with this one!

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32 thoughts on “Review: You’re Next (2011)

  1. theipc says:

    JB!!!!

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!! I LOVED this movie!! This was my type of movie!! I’m so glad you liked it!!!

    LOVE,

    CHOP

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  2. table9mutant says:

    Lol. I was worried as I’m in trouble for not loving this & not even liking Oculus. ; ) But we seem to agree on this one, although you liked it slightly more. I didn’t hate it. It was entertaining enough. Just a little gory for me. : )

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    • Zoë says:

      Nah, not in trouble. I don’t know why you hated Oculus though… I will see what you had to say (as I see there is a comment on it haha. It was entertaining, and I liked the gore. I know that sounds bad.

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  3. Victor De Leon says:

    I was very surprised by this one! I had a blast and laughed my arse off in many places. Your review was spot on! Nice work 🙂

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  4. jjames36 says:

    I flipping hated this movie, primarily because of the flawed logic. And because they break Erin’s character in some unbearable ways.

    Oh. And I didn’t find it nearly as funny as many others.

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    • Zoë says:

      I can understand why this is hated by some people. They did mess with her a lot.

      I must say I couldn’t understand what people found funny about it (totally agreed there – I was confused), but I could understand the entertainment factor behind it.

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  5. caragale says:

    Glad you liked this one, Zoe! It’s not a ground-breaking horror, but I just thought it was a good ol’ slasher–kind of a throwback film even. And Erin…WHAT a badass. Love her. Nice review!

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    • Zoë says:

      Thank you! Yep, entertaining even while it is nothing new per se, which is fine. Shows you that horrors can still be done, even though they are nothing new.

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