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|Directed by||Adam Wingard|
|Written by||Simon Barrett|
|Music by||Mads Heldtberg|
|Editing by||Adam Wingard|
|Distributed by||Lionsgate (United States)
Icon Productions (United Kingdom and Australia)
|Running time||95 minutes|
|Box office||$26.4 million|
You're Next is a 2011 American horror film directed and edited by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett and starring Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A. J. Bowen, Joe Swanberg and Barrett. The film had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness program. The film was released on August 23, 2013 in the United States to positive reviews and has so far grossed over $26 million at the box office, surpassing its budget of $1 million.
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The film opens with a couple having sex. After taking a shower, the man (Larry Fessenden) discovers "You're Next" written in blood on the living room's sliding glass doors, beyond which lies the woman's dead body (Kate Lyn Sheil). He is killed by Lamb Mask (L.C. Holt).
Erin (Sharni Vinson) accompanies her boyfriend, Crispian (A. J. Bowen), to his family's reunion at their Missouri vacation house, next door to the scene of the still-undiscovered murders. Also present at the vacation house are Crispian's parents Aubrey (Barbara Crampton) and Paul (Rob Moran), his brother, Drake (Joe Swanberg), Drake's wife, Kelly (Margaret Laney), his other brother, Felix (Nicholas Tucci), Felix's girlfriend Zee (Wendy Glenn), and his younger sister Aimee (Amy Seimetz) and her boyfriend Tariq (Ti West). Despite tension between the various family members, they gather together for dinner.
During an argument at the dinner table, Tariq is shot in the head by a crossbow bolt and Drake is shot in the back. Finding their cell phones are jammed, Aimee attempts to escape the house to get help but runs into a garrote wire, slashing her throat and killing her. Erin begins to organize the family's defense, while a distraught Aubrey lies down in her bedroom to grieve and rest, but is stabbed in the head with a machete by Fox Mask (Lane Hughes), who was hiding under her bed. While looking for Aubrey, Kelly discovers that Fox Mask is still under the bed, and flees in a panic before being caught by Lamb Mask, who then hacks her to death with an axe. Having discovered that their cars have been disabled, Crispian flees the property on foot to seek help. Erin is attacked in the house shortly afterward by Tiger Mask, but kills her assailant by bludgeoning him to death with a meat tenderizer. Upstairs, Paul discovers that the killers had been hiding in the house before the family arrived, but his throat is slashed by Fox Mask. It is revealed that Zee and Felix hired the killers so as to inherit the family fortune.
Erin is attacked again, but the attack is interrupted by Drake who is almost killed by Lamb Mask before Erin wounds the attacker and drives him away. Erin, with assistance from Zee, sets up traps near the window, hoping to hamper the killers. Erin confides to Zee that she was raised by her paranoid father in a survivalist camp in the Australian outback (which she had not yet told Crispian about). Felix and Drake go to the basement to collect weapons, where Felix stabs Drake to death with several screwdrivers. Erin goes upstairs to find Paul, but discovers his dead body and is attacked by Fox Mask. She escapes by jumping out of the window, impaling her leg with a shard of glass in the process. She flees into the woods and is attacked by Lamb Mask, but makes it back to the house.
The Lamb Mask assailant attempts to enter the house through the window and impales his foot on one of the traps set by Erin. Having hidden behind a curtain to bandage her wound, Erin overhears a conversation between Felix, Zee, Lamb Mask and Fox Mask, thus discovering their involvement in the massacre. Her phone rings, Felix having turned off the jammer, giving away Erin's hiding spot, but also alerting her that her text to the police was received. Erin runs away with Fox Mask, Zee, and Felix following her, but Lamb Mask separates from the group, under the assumption that Erin had hidden in another part of the house. When Lamb Mask attempts to re-enter the house through the window, Erin jumps out from behind a curtain and stabs him in the head with a paring knife, killing him. Erin uses Tiger Mask's axe and a brick to make a booby trap for anyone entering the front door but Fox Mask returns to the house through a different entrance. Erin lures Fox Mask into the basement and turns on her camera. While Fox Mask is distracted, Erin kicks him in the side and restrains him, beating him with a log until he dies.
Zee walks into the kitchen holding Lamb Mask's crossbow, but Erin knocks it out of her hand and starts a fight. In the ensuing melee, Felix stabs Erin in the shoulder with a paring knife, but Erin breaks the glass pitcher of a blender against his head, stabs the blender blades through his head and turns it on, killing him. Erin stabs Zee in the head with the paring knife. Felix's phone rings and Erin hears Crispian, who reveals his involvement in the conspiracy, in order to pay off his massive student loans. He returns to the house and tries to explain his actions when confronted by Erin. After he tries to tempt her with the money and the promise of a better life, Erin kills him.
At that moment a policeman arrives (Calvin Reeder), who, upon seeing Erin stab Crispian, shoots her in the shoulder. He calls for medics and backup, and attempts to enter the house. Despite Erin's attempt to warn him, he goes through the booby-trapped front door. As the axe hurtles towards his face, the film smash cuts to the end credits with the words "YOU'RE NEXT" written in blood.
- Sharni Vinson as Erin
- Nicholas Tucci as Felix Davison
- Wendy Glenn as Zee
- A. J. Bowen as Crispian Davison
- Joe Swanberg as Drake Davison
- Barbara Crampton as Aubrey Davison
- Rob Moran as Paul Davison
- Margaret Laney as Kelly Davison
- Amy Seimetz as Aimee Davison
- Ti West as Tariq
- Lane Hughes as Fox Mask (Tom)
- L.C. Holt as Lamb Mask (Craig)
- Simon Barrett as Tiger Mask
- Larry Fessenden as Erik Harson
- Kate Lyn Sheil as Talia
- Calvin Reeder as Officer Trubiano
The song played on the CD player in many scenes is "Looking for the Magic" by the Dwight Twilley Band (1977). The cover version played in the end credits was performed by Mind the Gap.
|Canada||September 10, 2011||Toronto International Film Festival|
|United States||September 24, 2011||Fantastic Fest|
|France||September 4, 2013||National release|
On September 21, 2011, Lionsgate announced that it had acquired American, British, and Canadian distribution rights to the film for just $2 million. The film was part of the competition during the 20th edition of the international festival of fantastic movies at Gerardmer (France) in February 2013, and it won the Syfy prize of the event.
You're Next received positive reviews from film critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 74% based on 138 reviews, with an average score of 6.4 out of 10. The site's consensus states, "You're Next's energetic and effective mix of brutal gore and pitch black humor will please horror buffs and beyond". Metacritic gives the film a score of 66/100 based on reviews from 32 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+, praising "Wingard's canny knack for leavening his characters' gory demises with sick laughs and clever Rube Goldberg twists (razor-sharp piano wire hasn't been used this well since 1999's Audition). It's like Ordinary People meets Scream" and describing the final shot as "deliciously twisted". R. Kurt Osenlund of Slant Magazine gave the film 4 stars, stating the film "brazenly merges the home-invasion thriller with the dysfunctional family dramedy". Joshua Rothkopf (Time Out New York) called the film "solidly satisfying" and a "minor triumph", although he commented that the film was, in general, unoriginal. Matt Glasby of Total Film called the film "funny and tense, rather than hilarious and terrifying", and complimented the film for being a "good" horror-comedy. Barbara VanDenburgh (Arizona Republic) gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, stating the film was not "very scary" and that its "budget for red food coloring was no doubt higher than the one for script doctoring", although she complimented the film's score and "gruesome" conclusion. Mark Jenkins of The Washington Post said the movie "is at times bloodily entertaining. And if the central plot twist isn't all that clever, at least the movie offers some motivation for its mayhem," while Jane Horwitz wrote for the same newspaper, "For slasher/horror fans 17 and older, You're Next may provide sufficient homicidal entertainment." Liam Lacey (The Globe and Mail) gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, describing it as "well-executed" but "rudimentary".
A review from St. Louis Post-Dispatch called the film unoriginal, while Rene Rodriguez (The Miami Herald) panned the film, calling it "practically insulting", and dubbed the premise "idiotic". John DeFore (The Hollywood Reporter) wrote that the film's characters were mostly unsympathetic and that more humor would have improved the film. Stephen Whitty of The Newark Star-Ledger, in a special review for The Portland Oregonian, gave the film a C+ rating, agreeing it was unoriginal and uninventive, comparing it to The Purge and The Last House on the Left. Scott Bowles of USA Today gave You're Next a negative review, describing it as repetitive and stating that it did not have a purpose.
The film opened to $7 million on its opening weekend—7 times its budget and has so far earned over $26 million since December 2013, making it a success. The film will be available on V.O.D Dec. 27th and on Blu-ray and DVD January 14th.
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