You're Next

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You're Next
A figure wearing a lamb mask stands in a doorway holding a machete by his side
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed byAdam Wingard
Produced by
  • Keith Calder
  • Jessica Wu
  • Simon Barrett
  • Kim Sherman
Written bySimon Barrett
Starring
Music byJasper Justice Lee
Kyle McKinnon
Mads Heldtberg
Adam Wingard
CinematographyAndrew D. Palermo
Edited byAdam Wingard
Production
company
HanWay Films
Snoot Entertainment
Distributed byLionsgate (United States)
Icon Productions (United Kingdom and Australia)
Release dates
  • September 10, 2011 (2011-09-10) (TIFF)[1][2]
  • August 23, 2013 (2013-08-23)
Running time95 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1 million
Box office$25,006,212[4]
 
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You're Next
A figure wearing a lamb mask stands in a doorway holding a machete by his side
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed byAdam Wingard
Produced by
  • Keith Calder
  • Jessica Wu
  • Simon Barrett
  • Kim Sherman
Written bySimon Barrett
Starring
Music byJasper Justice Lee
Kyle McKinnon
Mads Heldtberg
Adam Wingard
CinematographyAndrew D. Palermo
Edited byAdam Wingard
Production
company
HanWay Films
Snoot Entertainment
Distributed byLionsgate (United States)
Icon Productions (United Kingdom and Australia)
Release dates
  • September 10, 2011 (2011-09-10) (TIFF)[1][2]
  • August 23, 2013 (2013-08-23)
Running time95 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1 million
Box office$25,006,212[4]

You're Next is a 2011 American black comedy slasher film directed by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett, and starring Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A. J. Bowen, Joe Swanberg. The film had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness program.[1][2] The film was released on August 23, 2013 in the United States to positive reviews and grossed over $25 million at the box office, surpassing its budget of $1 million.

Plot[edit]

Erin accompanies her boyfriend, Crispian, to his family reunion at their Missouri vacation house. Also present are Crispian's parents Aubrey and Paul; his brother, Drake; Drake's wife, Kelly; his younger sibilings, Felix; Felix's girlfriend Zee; and Aimee and her boyfriend Tariq.

During an argument at the dinner table, Tariq and Drake are shot with a crossbow by an unknown assailant; Drake survives but Tariq dies. Aimee discovers their cell phones are jammed and attempts to escape the house to get help but runs into a garrote wire, killing her. Aubrey suffers a breakdown over losing Aimee, and is brought by Paul upstairs to rest and grieve. Fox Mask pops out from under the bed and hacks Aubrey's face with a machete. The rest of the family hear her screams, and go upstairs to find her dead. Erin becomes defensive of the family. While scouting the premises, she encounters Tiger Mask. He attempts to kill her, but she escapes. Kelly returns to the bedroom and discovers Fox Mask, whereupon she panics and runs outside to the neighboring home. She finds that the inhabitants have been killed by the same group, and is killed by Lamb Mask.

Drake blacks out when the arrow on his back hits the garrote wire which killed Aimee earlier. Tiger Mask once again attempts to murder Erin, but she kills him with a tenderizer. Lamb Mask appears to witness the death of his partner, who is later revealed to be his brother. Lamb Mask then finds Drake and attempts to kill him but Drake is saved by Erin just in time. She stabs Lamb Mask with an ice pick, although he escapes again. While exploring the house, Paul finds empty water bottles in a closet and realizes the killers were in the house before anyone else arrived; he is then killed by Fox Mask.

It is revealed that Felix and Zee hired the assassins so they could inherit the family's riches. Felix then brings Drake to the basement, where he reveals Kelly's death and eventually stabs Drake to death with screwdrivers. Meanwhile, Erin and Zee set up traps for each other; Zee prepares to kill Erin but is interrupted. Erin overhears an argument between Felix, Zee, Fox Mask and Lamb Mask, and takes the chance to attempt an escape from the house. Lamb Mask pursues Erin until she fatally stabs him in the eye. Fox Mask follows Erin to the house, before Erin sets up a trap in the front door. Fox Mask instead enters through a window, while Erin hides in the basement. While Fox Mask is distracted, Erin shoves him to the floor and beats him to death with a log.

Zee and Felix return to the house, Zee armed with the crossbow. Erin gets stabbed in the shoulder by Felix, but Erin manages to kill both of them in the ensuing struggle. Felix's phone rings and Erin answers. The caller is Crispian, who reveals his involvement due to student loans. He returns to the house and tries to tempt Erin with money and the promise of a better life, but she kills him. A policeman arrives as she stabs Crispian and 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 and an axe hurtles towards his face.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

You're Next was filmed in 2011 at a mansion in Columbia, Missouri. The filming process took place over four weeks, and were mostly night shoots filmed from 7pm to 7am.[5]

Release[edit]

You're Next debuted on September 10, 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival[6][1] and opened at other film festivals later.

RegionRelease dateFestival
CanadaSeptember 10, 2011Toronto International Film Festival[1]
United StatesSeptember 24, 2011Fantastic Fest[7][8]
FranceSeptember 4, 2013National release

On September 21, 2011, Lionsgate announced that it had acquired American, British, and Canadian distribution rights to the film for just $2 million.[9][10] 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.

Critical response[edit]

You're Next received positive reviews from film critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 74% based on 139 reviews, with an average score of 6.5 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".[11] Metacritic gives the film a score of 66 out of 100 based on reviews from 32 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]

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".[13] 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".[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] Barbara VanDenburgh (Arizona Republic) gave the film 3.5 out of 5 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.[17] 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,"[18] while Jane Horwitz wrote for the same newspaper, "For slasher/horror fans 17 and older, You're Next may provide sufficient homicidal entertainment."[19] Liam Lacey (The Globe and Mail) gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, describing it as "well-executed" but "rudimentary".[20]

A review from St. Louis Post-Dispatch called the film unoriginal,[21] while Rene Rodriguez (The Miami Herald) panned the film, calling it "practically insulting", and dubbed the premise "idiotic".[22] John DeFore (The Hollywood Reporter) wrote that the film's characters were mostly unsympathetic and that more humor would have improved the film.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25]

Total Film placed Erin (Sharni Vinson) at number one on their list of '50 Most Bad-Ass Female Horror Leads'.[26]

The film opened to $7 million on its opening weekend—7 times its budget and has so far earned over $25 million since December 2013, making it a success. The film was released on V.O.D Dec. 27th and on Blu-ray and DVD January 14.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Geddes, Colin. "2011 Films – You're Next". Toronto International Film Festival Inc. Retrieved 2011-09-19. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Midnight Madness – Home". Toronto International Film Festival Inc. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  3. ^ "YOU'RE NEXT (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  4. ^ "You're Next". BoxOffice. BoxOffice Media. 
  5. ^ "Columbia Mansion Featured in Horror Film 'You're Next'". midmotoday.com. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
  6. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2011-09-14). "You're Next – Toronto Film Fest Review". Variety. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  7. ^ "Fantastic Fest 2011". Festival Genius. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  8. ^ "Fantastic Fest 2011 : Films". Festival Genius. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  9. ^ "LIONSGATE FINDS ITS 'NEXT' GREAT HORROR FILM – Company Acquires Adam Wingard's YOU'RE NEXT". LIONSGATE. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  10. ^ "TIFF 2011: Lionsgate Shoots and Scores! You're Next!". Dread Central Media. 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  11. ^ "You're Next". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  12. ^ "You're Next Reviews". Metacritic. 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  13. ^ Nashawaty, Chris (August 29, 2013). "You're Next". Entertainment Weekly: 48. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ "You're Next review at". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  15. ^ Joshua Rothkopf. "You're Next: movie review at". Timeout.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  16. ^ Glasby, Matt (2013-08-19). "You're Next Review". TotalFilm.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  17. ^ "‘You’re Next,’ 3.5 stars". azcentral.com. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
  18. ^ Jenkins, Mark (August 22, 2013). "You're Next movie review". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  19. ^ Horwitz, Jane (August 29, 2013). "Family Filmgoer reviews One Direction, Getaway, Closed Circuit, The World's End and You're Next". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  20. ^ Liam Lacey (August 23, 2013). "You’re Next: Murder and mayhem at the family reunion". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  21. ^ Johnson, Kevin C. "'You're Next' is gory, funny, but not as clever as it thinks: Entertainment". Stltoday.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  22. ^ Rodriguez, Rene. "'You're Next' (R)". miami.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  23. ^ DeFore, John. "You're Next: Toronto Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  24. ^ Whitty, Stephen (August 22, 2013). "You're Next review: Weekend visit turns gory". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  25. ^ Bowles, Scott (August 22, 2013). "'Next' question: What's the point of this horror film?". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  26. ^ http://www.totalfilm.com/features/50-most-bad-ass-female-horror-leads/you-re-next-2011

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