26) You’re Next [6.5]

Reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist on home-invasion horror. When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped…until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all. (2013)

It’s a bummer that I didn’t get the opportunity to see You’re Next in a theater and with a packed crowd. I imagine this film would be a tremendous viewing experience for its humor and scares. That being said, it didn’t translate well for home viewing. This is one of the few instances where I let myself get swept away by the hype of a fresh take on horror. Whereas Cabin in the Woods exceeded all the positive word of mouth it got, You’re Next was a disappointment; however, the things it gets right, it gets very right.

Our lead heroine is a badass that happens to also be fearful of her situation, and Sharni Vision is perfect in that role. The supporting cast all does well too, with the exception of film director Ti West (stay way from acting!). The twist wasn’t all that great, though I do appreciate that it wasn’t done as a late third act reveal. The characters are somewhat well fleshed out in the first act, which helps make a lot of their deaths more impactful. Still, I thought You’re Next is a good film but not the genre classic it was made out to be.

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