10/17/14 – 2014 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #17 – You’re Next.

You're Next

You’re Next is a film near and dear to my heart. As many of you know, my TV show The Final Girls (yes, we’re still alive, just been in eternal “development”) focuses on the concept of the “final girl.” Most are familiar with that concept by now. In You’re Next, they use all your preconceptions of the final girl, and then amp them up to 11 with an interesting twist. And personally it’s a twist I loved. You’re Next is directed by Adam Wingard, who is one of the great up-and-coming directors of the “mumblegore” movement. I don’t really like that term, but it’s a thing now, so I’ll go with it. Along with (interestingly cast) co-stars Ti West and Joe Swanberg, these guys are helping usher in the current crop of smaller vicious little horror movies. Here, they take on the home invasion trope that has been a huge focus of horror lately, and put their own stamp on it. I’ll try not to ruin much, but let’s just say that when a group of animal mask-wearing intruders invade a family’s home, they get a bit more than they bargained for when one family guest reveals her secret past. It’s simple. It’s fun. It’s a blast. At times it’s downright brutal (anything with feet ALWAYS kills me). At other times it’s hilarious. You’re Next was a festival fave, and once it was (finally) released wide by LionsGate, it has since garnered a nice following. Although, I’ve noticed a weird backlash against You’re Next lately and I have no idea why. Sometimes that happens when a movie has a lot of pre-built buzz, which this one did from the hugely popular festival screenings. But it doesn’t deserve backlash at all, just go watch this movie and enjoy yourself dammit. Although beware, the violence is pretty hardcore (screwdrivers, axes, meat tenderizers, you name it…) But if you don’t watch it, you’ll miss one of my favorite, most twisted lines of dialogue ever, “F*** me next to your dead mom.” Ha. SO messed up. I had a blast with this movie. Enjoy it kids.

 

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