You're Next

When it comes to the serial killer flick, most are typically nothing more than boring clichés. But, then there is You’re Next, a fresh take on an age old premise that is both intriguing and engaging, with enough twists to make even Agatha Christie sit up and take notice.

Estranged and dysfunctional, the Davison siblings hesitantly attend their wealthy parents’ secluded mansion on the eve of their 35th wedding anniversary, and soon become the target of a gang of murderous thugs.

Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett, the film does for plastic animal masks what the tricycle riding puppet did for Saw and is actually surprising that although Lion’s Gate pick up the film in 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival, the studio would only offer the film at various festivals for the following couple of years. What isn’t surprising is that in 2013, after obtaining wide release, the film went on to become a hit with those familiar with the genre and grossed over 7 million dollars on opening weekend alone.

While all fright films include standard fare intent on making the audience jump, You’re Next is better than average in this department. Superior in effects depicting gruesome brutality using an array of weapons including crossbows, knives, screwdrivers and a large, heavy maul type axe, there is more than enough gore to make even the harshest critics cringe. However, exceptional horror flicks do not run on carnage alone and in this case it is the ever resourceful Erin (Sharni Vinson) character that steals the show and might even give Jason, Michael or Freddy some troublesome issues.

Well rounded with a creepy score and near perfect combination of scares, slaughter and subjects, Staying Scared gives it 3 1/2 creepy peeking clowns.



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