Release date: August 23, 2013 Director: Adam Wingard
Film editor, Adam Renkovish, and staff writer, Keriane Kellogg, attended a late-night screening of You’re Next last Friday. Keriane screamed a lot. Adam cursed a lot. However, there was also much laughter involved. That’s because You’re Next is both frightening and hilarious. Here, Adam and Keriane give us their thoughts on the film.
When a family comes together to celebrate a 35th wedding anniversary in a quiet country home, their lives are shattered by a deadly, unseen entity that is determined to obliterate them.
Adam: I’m not going to lie to you. When I first saw the trailer for You’re Next, I was extremely underwhelmed. I didn’t know the history behind the film, or that it had been a huge hit two years ago in the film festival circuit. It looked like a rehash of The Strangers, which is a film that I really admire. When the reviews came out, I noticed that they were overwhelmingly positive. I decided that I would give it a chance. I am glad that I did. You’re Next is the most fun that I have had at the theatre since The Cabin in the Woods. It is an intelligent horror comedy that hits all the right marks. The violence is incredibly over the top, and at many points, you’ll find yourself disgusted, horrified, and doubled over in laughter all at once. On a side note, acclaimed horror director Ti West appears in a small supporting role!
It starts off as your basic intruder film, but as the film progresses and the many twists and turns are revealed, you’ll realize that you are in the midst of something totally unique. It also has a killer score and soundtrack, which makes nice use of The Dwight Twilley Band single, “Looking For The Magic”.
And the ending. Oh, boy. Do not miss this film, folks. See it as soon as possible!
Keriane: While initially You’re Next gives the audience the impression that this is going to be merely another terrifying bloodbath, after a brief and awkward introduction to the family, the film shatters any presumption of the story as a tired retread and instead delivers a refreshing and inspired balance of flamboyant humor mixed with good, old-fashioned fear and a solid story. As the nightmare plays out not everyone will survive the attack, but those who do come out stronger.
While the elusive and malevolent masked assailants effectively slaughter the family one member at a time, one woman rises from the ashes of chaos as a strong fighter. Erin is a force to be reckoned with – a strong and courageous young woman who refuses to fall prey to the invisible assailants, but instead chooses to survive by any means necessary (her gift for fighting back aids her considerably in doing this). While she initially attempts to protect the frightened and hysterical family when the assailants attack, she ultimately transforms from a frightened victim into a warrior who uses the assassins own power against them.
It was refreshing to see such a strong kick-ass heroine at the center of this film. Sharni Vinson gives a fantastic performance – one that will go down in the history of the genre. This film was quite the surprise. I highly recommend it.
Adam is a hardcore film fanatic. Some would call him a film snob. They’re probably right. He’s been writing film reviews for as long as he can remember, and it is truly one of his passions. Aside from writing film reviews, he is also a screenwriter. He’s written two shorts in the last year, one of which he plans to shoot in the spring of 2013. His favorite filmmakers are Stanley Kubrick, Terrence Malick, Ingmar Bergman, Michael Haneke, and David Lynch – simply too many to list here.