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Home Invasion Horror "You're Next"

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A fresh twist on home-invasion horror. A gang of masked murderers descend upon a family reunion, and the victims seem trapped…until an unlikely guest proves to be the most talented killer of all.
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This thing premiered at TIFF back in 2011, took them quite a while to get a wide release.
 
Reminds me of The Strangers.

I was just thinking the exact same thing. I hear The Strangers is pretty good (I still haven't gotten around to seeing it yet). Hopefully this one will be similar enough to be good, but different enough as to not appear to be a rip off.
 
I remember hearing a lot of great things about this movie a couple years ago. I can't wait to see it. :up:
 
I hope this can be as good as The Strangers which was awesome.
 
Hotline Miami: The Movie?
 
Saw this and thought it was a lot of fun! It's basically The Strangers (home invasion serial killers) meets Scream (black comedy). However, a lot of people in my audience didn't really like the film cus they didn't quite "get it". And to be honest, if general audiences don't understand that this film is supposed to be fun and funny and dark yet tongue-in-cheek, I don't think many people will like it lol.

It's kinda the point of the movie lol.
 
Nothing new about that, a lot of the general audience didn't like Cabin in the Woods either.
 
I saw the film You're Next tonight at a pre-screening in St. Louis. I was excited to see the movie, knowing it by the reputation it garnered at film festivals back in 2011. Lionsgate has been sitting on it ever since for some unknown reason. I had heard the film was great.

Having finally gotten to see it I will agree that it is pretty damn good. The few trailers that I have seen floating around really undersell this movie by focusing on the barest plot description: THIS IS A HOME INVASION MOVIE WITH ANIMAL MASKS!

This ad campaign really does the film a great disservice. Superficially it is a pretty standard home invasion premise, but the various other elements that make up the film make it notable and enjoyable.

The first is the cast of characters. The film is centered around an affluent family that is coming together for the first time in a long while, the grown children bringing along their respective significant others to meet the family for the first time. The film does a good job of setting up the tensions at play in this gathering. The situation feels quite relatable and much humor is wrung out of the interplay between these characters. This film features one of the more memorable characters in a horror film that I've seen in a number of years.

That's another thing: There is quite a bit of humor at play in this film. I wouldn't say it moves into the "horror comedy" genre necessarily but there is quite a bit to laugh at, again just from the family situation. Much of the humor is dialog based and later there is quite a bit of black humor. If I had to compare it to anything it would be some of the dialogue and arguments from In Bruges.

What I think is really off base are the reports trying to compare this film to Scream. While there is humor, there is nothing really knowing or meta about it. The characters aren't directly mentioning or mocking tropes. Instead, this is the rare horror film that features some characters that are actually competent, that actually do the things an audience may yell at the screen, wishing the characters would do. While we often find ourselves watching horror films for the sake of seeing the cast get picked off, this film makes it so gratifying for the protagonists to try and fight back.

And damn, if you are attracted to the film for the violence, this film delivers. It can be extremely graphic, but the film was made with a deft hand that knows just when to cut away so as to not dilute the impact. The animal masked killers don't garner scares or build tension by just sneaking around in the background (though they do this early on) Nor are there a bunch of ridiculous forced in jump scare like in this year's The Purge. Instead, when these killers attack, the tension is built by just how intense and direct these attacks are. The film makes good use of sound to really sell the power behind the cross bow bolts that crash through windows and doors and skulls. The attackers come in for direct attacks axes and machetes. There are many moments that border on gratuitous but somehow gratifying and that garnered applause from the audience tonight. There are some very memorable moments indeed.

Overall, while I wouldn't want to oversell this movie and treat it like the second coming of the horror genre or something as it's reputation has grown in the blogosphere echo-chamber, I really enjoyed this film. It is a surprisingly character focused, often humorous and hard hitting film that really shows that the filmmakers know the value of good setup and even better pay off 8/10.
 
Saw this movie some time ago. I think if you enjoy horror then there's a good chance you'll like this movie.
 
Damn it, I actually had passes to a screening tonight but I couldn't make it.
 
I wasn't sure what kind of film this would turn out and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Right from the get go you can tell it wasn't trying to be scary but be fun. I actually enjoyed the family dynamic in the early part of the film. Once the party starts, it was a lot of fun filled with dark comedy. Sure, it seems pretty straight forward survival but what made it work for me was the lead actress who was pretty badass. I can't remember the last good heroine in a horror movie but she takes it. Once it gets to the twists, I thought the first one which gets revealed early on was pretty decent but predictable but the 2nd one I felt didn't need to happen. It didn't ruin the movie but I wish they took a different route. Overall, I really enjoyed it.

8/10


Oh and Barbara Crampton is still hot. :o
 
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Eh, I was pretty ambivalent towards this movie. Didnt hate it, but I didn't find it particularly well made or acted. It was a little stupid but I had fun for the most part (mostly poking fun at all the cliche characters). I don't have any drive to see it again though.
 
I found this to be massively overrated and was one of the most disappointing movies this summer. The kills aren't creative or memorable, the story is thin AND cliche. Also this felt more like like a action movie than a horror movie at times because it isn't scary or creepy at all. I saw this movie Friday it's already starting to fade from my memory, that's how forgettable it is. I guess the critics are going crazy over this just because it has a hot girl fighting back against the killers.

I give it a 5/10
 
I found this to be massively overrated and was one of the most disappointing movies this summer. The kills aren't creative or memorable, the story is thin AND cliche. Also this felt more like like a action movie than a horror movie at times because it isn't scary or creepy at all. I saw this movie Friday it's already starting to fade from my memory, that's how forgettable it is. I guess the critics are going crazy over this just because it has a hot girl fighting back against the killers.

I give it a 5/10

That's the problem with the marketing. The film is in truth closer to Die Hard than it is to the Strangers.
 
It was a neat concept, but the talent behind it just wasn't enough to flesh it out.
 
I'm going to have to disagree pretty strongly.
 
Anyone else dig the John Carpenter score that started hitting half way through the movie? It was so awesome.

This film... I expected to hate it. Instead, I laughed and had a good time. Weird. I dig the fact that the main character wasn't objectified in any way and was just a general badass.
 
Yeah that's another thing I loved about this movie, dat 80's synth!
 

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