Along for the Murder-Ride
By Brian Duskey
August 26, 2013
The aching problem with the horror movie genre is that there are very few original minds behind projects
If that is the sickness, Adam Wingard’s home invasion flick—You’re Next—is a fresh new medication.
The first few scenes of the film do not set up for anything extraordinary. It’s a basic home invasion story with no real surprises.
A family goes on a wedding anniversary trip to an abandoned cabin out in the countryside and that particular cabin is attacked by a bunch of “strangers” wearing masks.
Not exactly the most original plot ever, right?
What sells You’re Next isn’t the story, it isn’t the characters, it isn’t it’s emotional understanding. What truly makes You’re Next stand out, as compared to the cliché and overdone horror films of yesterday is the spot-on execution and relentless attitude of refusing to let go of the tension.
In all forms of honesty, the acting and script are both pretty horrendous, but this is one of those cinematic endeavors where that’s a really irrelevant argument to the film’s quality.
Here’s a film that would rocked theater’s back in the 40’s.
Well it actually wouldn’t of worked back then because of it’s no-fear gore attitude, but it would have in the sense that the entire film thrives at the point of just going to the theater and enjoying yourself.
This isn’t a film that you go to when you want to calm the kids down, it isn’t one for when you want to feel happy about your life, and it surely isn’t one to resolve issues between you and your lover(s).
What You’re Next is, is a film that you go with all of your friends to and just lose all your cares in the world and hop along for the ride.
It’s like a roller-coaster. Do you really think you are going to go flying 1,000 feet into the air and plummet to your death?
No, of course not. It’s the rush of fear and anticipation of what turn you will take next.
That’s what this film is.
Even though the acting isn’t exactly stellar, you are capable of rooting for a character.
Erin (Sharni Vinson) is that character, where Vinson is surprisingly actually able to convince the audience that she is this girl who can take control of the situation with her axe and be a bad ass.
Something can also be said about the fact that this film was made on a budget of under a million dollars, which is utterly shocking. You rarely even see a film of this intensity with under six million, let alone just one. Even if it bombs at the box office, it will still make some monster bank.
This invasion tale shouldn’t go into the category of “horror classics” by any means. There have been better films within the past five years, but it serves as a nice little refreshment to bigger-budget horror flicks.
If you enjoy the horror genre, and you’re looking for a refreshment, go check this film out.
And don’t forget your wolf mask.