Saturday, September 14, 2013

Movie Review: You're Next (2011)

Youre Next horror movie review poster horror slasher killer in animal mask

The movie opens as most horror movies usually do: The initial set of victims making out and getting killed by the movie's villain/monster. In this case, the killer is a man wearing an animal mask.

Continuing the usual horror tropes, the main set of victims arrive right next door to the aforementioned killings. Paul Davison (Rob Moran) and Aubrey Davison (Barbara Crampton) are looking forward to this family reunion. Their 3 sons and a daughter arrive shortly and the hunt begins just as the family members are catching up over the dinner.

Lamb mask (L C Holt), Fox mask (Lane Hughes) and Tiger mask (Simon Barrett) in Youre Next movie review slasher horror

What separates You're Next from other run-of-the-mill horror movies is the screenplay (credited to Simon Barrett) and the black humor. The character building moments have been executed very well and they make sense as the movie reaches its climax. I enjoyed the plot twists and am sure fellow horror fans will do too. Simon Barrett also plays the Tiger Mask killer.

Another strong point of the movie is the excellent soundtrack, which is made up of three different recordings of "Looking for the Magic" performed by Dwight Twilley Band. While movies of any genre depend on the soundtrack for increasing the effect and ensuring maximum immersive experience for the viewers, this is especially true for horror/suspense movies.

Another example is Sinister, which had one of the best soundtracks that I have heard so far.

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Last but not the least, the tone of the movie is another strong point. The kills are good and there is no gore involved. I personally like such horror movies, that focus more on building the suspense, rather than take the lazy route of over-the-top violence.

There are some scenes in which characters deliver lines about killing other characters. The actors did a good job with the deadpan delivery and deserve credit for taking the movie to a level above the usual cut.

Sharni Vinson as Erin in Youre Next movie review

Speaking of the cast, special mention must be made of Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci and A J Bowen. As good as the rest of the actors are, these three make the best impression.

A highly recommended watch for fans of horror movies.

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  1. I, too, prefer horror that relies on suspense rather than gore. Horror is not typically my thing, but this sounds like something I would enjoy.


  2. I'm kind of bummed that I missed this one. I've really only heard good things about it. I'll have to check it out on Netflix or Red Box sometime.

    Great review, B2B!

    1. Thanks Jordan.

      I think you will enjoy this movie.


  3. Looks like a very good movie. I'm looking forward to see it. Thanks for the review btw :)

  4. Good review. It was a very fun movie, even if it wasn't all that scary. However, I don't even feel like that was the point of it all. Just to have fun, cheer on the goodies, and boo the baddies.

    1. Thanks Dan.

      You summed up the movie very well.