Friday, January 17, 2014

You're Next (Film Friday Review)

Friday, January 17, 2014 9:36 AM with 6 comments
Film Fridays
Looking for something to watch this weekend? On Film Fridays I take a look at both new and old movies. This week's film is the scary movie You're Next which just came out on DVD this week. 

You're Next

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DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
Rated: R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity  

Synopsis from IMDb: 

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

You're Next started out in pretty typical horror movie fashion. An older man and a younger girl finish having sex and the girl goes to make herself a drink (in an unbuttoned shirt and no pants). The flood lights outside of their completely isolated house come on for no apparent reason. She stares doe-eyed into the darkness for a moment and then continues to drink her screwdriver. Her boyfriend comes out of the shower to see weird writing on the window. Upon closer inspection the words are: You're Next and they are written in her blood. Dun, dun, dun. Immediately I groaned a little inside. How many times have we seen this opening? Too many to count.

You're Next is about a family coming together to celebrate the parent's 35 wedding anniversary. The family obviously has a ton of money. The father used to work for the KGB (according to one of the sons) and the film takes place on their sprawling, isolated Tudor estate. The family is composed of the parents and their four children who have each brought their significant other with them. Relations between the siblings is strained--between two of the sons especially--and the dinner to celebrate the anniversary is tense until the daughter's boyfriend takes an arrow right between the eyes and all hell breaks loose.

I have to admit that for the first third of this film I was completely unimpressed. It was everything I had seen before: a large cast that gets picked off one by one a la every horror film ever, bad men in crazy masks a la The Strangers, and a gutsy heroine to cheer for.  However, the gutsy heroine, Erin, really is pretty unique and as she goes into crazy survival mode I found myself liking the film a bit more. 


The movie does have some major problems, mainly in the implausible way the characters act. There are 10 of them, well 9 once arrow boy gets it, but they are constantly splitting up: Hey, I'm just going to go check the basement alone. Don't do that, that's stupid. Your face is stupid, I'll be right back...Listen, I'm not a survival genius or anything, but I think the number one logical rule of a group under attack is to stay together. 
Even with these issues, the last half of the movie is pretty fun--if you can stomach gore. The motive is revealed which I appreciated. I like The Strangers and think for that film the no motive as motive worked pretty well, but it doesn't work every time and I'm glad this film didn't use that as a cop out. Also, Erin, played by Vinson, is believable and easy to root for. She's pretty badass, but in a completely relatable way.

Overall, I think You're Next is pretty fun. It's not the best film out there and while it relies pretty heavily on genre stereotypes, it does manage to stand out from the pack thanks to its heroine. If you like scary films, it's worth checking out.

Official Trailer


  1. I love scary movies because they can be so fun in large groups. I may have to check this one out. I have never even heard of it. Thanks!

    1. I love a good horror film. This was the best movie ever, but it's pretty fun. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. *groan* Don't you just hate when scary movies have the characters do stupid stuff? Let's split up, let's go investigate, let's blahblah. NO. Don't do that! Common sense, people. The main girl does nice and somewhat of a saving grace. Haven't seen this movie but may rent it just to see.

    1. It's worth a rental. The splitting up thing always drives me crazy, but how else will the characters die, I guess. I hope you like it if you do give it a try.

  3. I am terrible with scary movies, I love watching them but need someone else with me and usually need the light on too. I am so bad that The Woman in Black totally freaked me out, my boyfriend got to laugh his arse off at me as I sat in the cinema, my face hidden in my hoodie for most of the movie! I enjoy them though, because that's the whole point of a horror movie, to scare you. This sounds pretty intriguing though and I was interested when I first saw the trailer, and definitely think I'll give it a try if I see it on Netflix.

    1. I don't think it is on the streaming service yet, but if you still get the DVDs thru mail service--which I do--you can snag it that way.
      I love a good scary movie. I have to watch most of them alone though because my hubby doesn't really care for them. I watched this one after he went to bed, so I knew he was still in the house at least. Lol.
      I hope you like it if you do pick it up. I definitely jumped a couple of times.


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