“You’re Next”: In Review

You're Next

“You’re Next” 

MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity

Cast: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen 

Running Time: 94 Minutes

Release Date: August 23, 2013

 | Really? | Seriously? | Um….what? |

Usually I prefer to  go into movies with little information or expectations, but the marketing campaign for “You’re Next” made that very difficult.  From what I could tell, I was going to be terrified.  Home invasion movies scare me more than most horror sub-genres.  “The Strangers” was very disturbing and even “When A Stranger Calls“, for all its endless cheesiness, managed to frighten me a little.  So I was pretty much doomed with “You’re Next“, right?  Wrong.

You’re Next” started off as scary as expected.  If it maintained the same tone throughout, I would commend the filmmakers for accomplishing exactly the advertised expectations.  However, the movie changed in tone and content midstream and went from horror to a lady power action romp.  This transition, along with the over explained plot and thrown together conclusion, created a disjointed movie experience. It was unsettling, but not in the way that a horror movie is supposed to be.

Personally, I would prefer a movie do one thing well than two things poorly.  “You’re Next” tried to be “The Strangers” meets “Kill Bill” and succeeded at neither. It relied heavily on gore and cheap scares, but was not able to build the requisite mystery and tension to deliver a truly thrilling experience.  In the end, everything was explained far too neatly, leaving nothing to the imagination.  If you are buying at the theatre and the ticket agent says, “You’re Next” I would suggest reconsidering before replying in kind.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the worst, 5 being the best and 10 being the worst again, I give “You’re Next” a 9.99127 with an emoticon based sub ranking of:  ::Sigh:: …..No.

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