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You're Next

By MICHAEL NORDINE
In the realm of horror movies, managing expectations matters far more than in other genres. For every surprisingly decent horror film there are a dozen disappointments, and the former are so rare that they become cause for celebration. Adam Wingard’s You’re Next seeks to be such a film. Centering on a family reunion gone horribly awry, the film believes that the only thing more terrifying than a home invasion is a home invasion carried out by people wearing spooky masks. But its promising (and, at times, even enthralling) first half gives way to a second act that’s ultimately more interested in showcasing increasingly ghoulish methods of dispatching unsuspecting victims than it is in maintaining suspense. You’re Next has a great, dark sense of humor—one character spends much of the film with a crossbow bolt lodged in his back, the sight of which serves as a recurring punch line—but the longer it goes on, the more mean-spirited it becomes. Wingard’s camera takes excessive pleasure in lingering over dead bodies, and while it’s nothing new for a horror flick to treat its characters as little more than cannon fodder, that’s a disappointing tack for a movie that seems poised to transcend its genre’s more tired conventions.
 
  • Genres: Thriller
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Release Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Language, Some Sexuality/Nudity, Strong Bloody Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: B-
  • Starring: Sharni Vinson [Erin], Nicholas Tucci [Felix], Wendy Glenn [Zee], AJ Bowen [Crispian], Joe Swanberg [Drake], Sarah Myers [Kelly], Amy Seimetz [Aimee], Rob Moran [Paul], Barbara Crampton [Aubrey], Ti West [Tariq], Larry Fessenden [Erik Harson], Kate Sheil [Talia], Lane Hughes [Fox Masked Man], L.C. Holt [Lamb Masked Man], Simon Barrett [Tiger Masked Man], Calvin Reeder [Officer Trubiano]
  • Directed by: Adam Wingard [Director], Simon Barrett [Screenwriter], Keith Calder [Producer], Jessica Wu [Producer], Simon Barrett [Producer], Kim Sherman [Producer], Andrew Palermo [Cinematographer], Adam Wingard [Film Editor], Thomas Hammock [Production Design], Michelle Morris [Casting], Nathan Truesdell [Art Director], Lanie Overton [Set Decoration], Emma Potter [Costume Designer], Jasper Lee [Original Music], Kyle McKinnon [Original Music], Mads Heldtberg [Original Music], Adam Wingard [Original Music]
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