You’re Next is directed by Adam Wingard (V/H/S, Pop Skull) and written by Simon Barrett (V/H/S, Dead Birds).
It tells the story of the Davison family, reunited for the wedding anniversary of their parents, the four siblings – three brothers, one sister and their respective partners gather at the newly acquired and extremely secluded family mansion for a weekend in the country.
The evening begins to go down hill as a chilling message “You’re Next” is scrawled on a neighbours wall and the mysterious masked gang move on to the Davison property and begin to pick off the family one by one, using a selection of sophisticated weapons and elaborate traps.
However, they hadn’t bargained for the presence of Erin (Sharni Vinson – Bait, Home and Away), the girlfriend of Crispian (A.J.Bowen – The House Of The Devil), who seems to have an interesting skill set and a well developed sense of self preservation.
On first watching You’re Next, I thought here we go, another cliched slasher flick, but in fact it has a number of surprising twists and turns and was more enjoyable than expected. It’s a good idea for a story, well written and well acted and has a good cast, including Barbara Crampton (From Beyond, Re-Animator) and Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, V/H/S).
The masks used are actually quite scary and the gore is pretty graphic and well done, but it also has plenty of black comedy thrown in to soften the blow.
There is one featurette on the disc- No Ordinary Home Invasion: The Making of You’re Next.
Although You’re Next is a horror film, the net result feels a little bit like some bizarre cross between Home Alone and Rambo. Still good fun though, a very enjoyable watch and well worth a look.