The big critical support that You’re Next—to me, a routine horror flick—received last year was a real head-scratcher. This one is a little bit better than The Purge, 2013’s other big home-invasion horror film … but only a little.
A rich family goes out to their vacation home in the countryside and gathers for a feast—only to have unseen visitors start picking them off with a crossbow. Those unseen visitors eventually show themselves as dudes wearing various white animal masks; they are a little on the creepy side.
The standard, worn-out territory is sporadically tolerable thanks to director Adam Wingard’s ability to turn in the occasional unique scare. However, a seasoned mystery/horror watcher will see the big twists coming a mile away.
Sharni Vinson is pretty kick-ass as the girlfriend with a surprising ability to survive; the movie is a showcase for her talents.
As 2013 horror films go, this one isn’t nearly as fun as The Conjuring, but is markedly better than the snore-fest that was The Purge. Apparently, it sat on the shelf for a long time. It wouldn’t have been a big deal if it had just stayed there or gone straight to video.
Well, it’s on video now, so go ahead and see for yourself whether or not I’m being too hard on the damn thing.
Special Features: Two director commentaries—one with the writer and another with the members of the cast—should make fans of the film happy. There’s also a making-of featurette.