You're Next (2011)
- Directed by: Adam Wingard
- With: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg
- 95 Minutes
- IMDb: 6.5
Yesterday I was planning on watching Julia’s Eyes but unfortunately I wasn’t able to do it so I decided to watch another horror movie that was in my watch list: You’re Next! I haven’t seen the trailer and I the only thing I knew about it was that some reviewers actually thought it was really interesting, energetic and mysterious. You’re Next is a slasher horror movie that mixes really well the gore with fear. It was risky play but fortunately it all went well for those who worked on it. I wanted to explain you the most important parts of the story but while doing it I needed to reveal some important details that would probably ruin your experience. The plot is basically the story of one family that is joining in one huge house to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Everything was going well until they’re attacked by a group of man with their faces covered by scary white masks. Everything was going well for the evil guys until suddenly one member of the family begins to kill them one by one.
The attacks are really violent in the middle of an atmosphere that seems real even in the gory moments and perhaps that’s why several critics acclaimed this movie. If the movie featured ghosts instead of “burglars” I would probably find it a bit dumb since that idea is overused but while watching those people invading the family’s private space, I feared the situations because them seemed to real. The acting was quite good and the home invasion story that was brought to the world of cinema by movies like “The Last House on the Left” and “The Strangers” was also great.
The quiet and scary pace of the movie soon becomes more agitated and a couple of minutes after the first attack, I felt like I was watching an action movie with lots of scary and intense moments. I jumped several times while watching it and I’m still shocked with how the events role after the first half of the movie. The story was not only interesting but also quite intriguing to me and the small funny moments in the middle of that gore fest worked perfectly. But unfortunately the fast and intense pace of the movie is not always present and some of the pacific situations didn’t attract me. Before adding the mystery to the story I was okay with it, the funny moments were complementing the boring ones and there was a scary atmosphere involving the house. But then, when we know that there’s something fishy in the attack I was surprised and I couldn’t get my eyes of the screen. It ended being a pleasant surprise that could have been a bit better.
If you consider watching it I must warn you that the best way to do it is to not expect great things from it. Watch it just like I did, without knowing any important details of the story and if possible without watching the trailer since sometimes they’re known for ruining the scariest scenes. You’re Next is a good experience for horror movie fans and a great pick for you to watch with your friends. It will provide you one hour and half of scary and darkly funny moments mixed with lots of gore.