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You're Next

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
5.75 /10
Hughes, L.C. Holt, Simon Barrett
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Directed by: Adam Wingard
Written by: Simon Barrett

Released: 2013
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 96

Will find a horror audience.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Youíre Next is about a family reunion that goes horribly wrong when masked intruders start decimating the guest list.

Made in 2011, Youíre Next will please a certain kind of hardcore horror fan with its extremely grisly violence. Some of it is played for laughs, but nothing is left to the imagination as axes and crossbows do their dirty work. The early part of the film, which is wall-to-wall slaughter, largely consists of not terribly good actresses competing to see who can scream loudest.

The saving grace is Aussie heroine Sharni Vinson (pictured - she was the attractive lead in Step Up 3D), who turns into an impressively vicious vigilante as she takes revenge on the intruders. The second half of the movie, which turns into a mixture of Die Hard and Straw Dogs, contains more inventive kills than the first. All the same, itís more sadistic than funny.

The filmís big problem is only too familiar. The victims are so cliched and unsympathetic that we never care about them, still less identify with them. Though it has its moments of shock and black humour, this is just another low-budget, home invasion comedy. Itís nowhere near as inventive as The Purge or The Cabin in the Woods, as subversive as Scream, or as scary as Michael Hanekeís original version of Funny Games. My advice would be to see any or all of those instead.

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