You're Next

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You're Next
A figure wearing a wolf mask stands in a doorway holding a machete by his side
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed byAdam Wingard
Produced by
  • Simon Barrett
  • Keith Calder
  • Kim Sherman
  • Jessica Wu
Written bySimon Barrett[1]
Starring
Music byMads Heldtberg
CinematographyAndrew Palmero
Editing byAdam Wingard
StudioHanWay Films
Snoot Entertainment[1]
Distributed byLionsgate (United States)
Icon Productions (United Kingdom and Australia)
Release dates
  • September 10, 2011 (2011-09-10) (TIFF)[2][3]
  • August 23, 2013 (2013-08-23)
Running time95 minutes[4]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1 million
Box office$25,006,212[5]
 
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You're Next
A figure wearing a wolf mask stands in a doorway holding a machete by his side
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed byAdam Wingard
Produced by
  • Simon Barrett
  • Keith Calder
  • Kim Sherman
  • Jessica Wu
Written bySimon Barrett[1]
Starring
Music byMads Heldtberg
CinematographyAndrew Palmero
Editing byAdam Wingard
StudioHanWay Films
Snoot Entertainment[1]
Distributed byLionsgate (United States)
Icon Productions (United Kingdom and Australia)
Release dates
  • September 10, 2011 (2011-09-10) (TIFF)[2][3]
  • August 23, 2013 (2013-08-23)
Running time95 minutes[4]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1 million
Box office$25,006,212[5]

You're Next is a 2011 American slasher film directed and edited by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett[6] 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.[2][3] The film was released on August 23, 2013 in the United States to positive reviews and has so far grossed over $25 million at the box office, surpassing its budget of $1 million.

Plot[edit]

After taking a shower, Erik Harson (Larry Fessenden) discovers "You're Next" written in blood on the living room's sliding glass doors, beyond which lies the dead body of his girlfriend Talia (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 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).

During an argument at the dinner table, Tariq and Drake are shot by crossbow in the head and back, respectively. Aimee discovers their cell phones are jammed and attempts to escape the house to get help but runs into a garrote wire, killing her. Erin begins to organize the family's defense, while Aubrey lies down in her bedroom to grieve and rest, but Fox Mask (Lane Hughes)—who was hiding under her bed—kills her using a machete. While looking for Aubrey, Kelly discovers that Fox Mask is back under the bed, and flees the house in a panic. She goes to the neighbors home for help, and is pursued by Lamb Mask, who pushes her through a sliding glass door, and then kills her with an axe. Crispian discovers their cars are disabled and flees the property on foot to seek help. Erin is attacked in the house by Tiger Mask, but kills kills him 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 him and drives him away. Erin, with assistance from Zee, sets up traps near the window. Erin confides to Zee that her father raised her in an Australian survivalist camp. Felix and Drake go to the basement to collect weapons, where Felix stabs Drake to death with 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. She flees into the woods and is attacked by Lamb Mask, but gets back to the house.

Lamb Mask enters the house through a window and impales his foot on one of the traps set by Erin. While hiding behind a curtain to bandage her wound, Erin overhears a conversation between Felix, Zee, Lamb Mask and Fox Mask, discovering their involvement in the massacre. After Felix turns off the cell phone jammer, Erin's phone rings, giving away her hiding spot, but also alerting her that her text message to the police was received. She runs outside, with Fox Mask, Zee, and Felix following her, but Lamb Mask separates from the group, assuming that Erin has doubled-back into the house. When Lamb Mask re-enters the house, Erin kills him. She uses Tiger Mask's axe and a brick to make a booby trap for the front door, but Fox Mask returns to the house through a different entrance. Erin lures Fox Mask into the darkened basement and sets her camera to flash continuously. While Fox Mask is distracted, Erin kicks him to the ground and kills him.

Zee and Felix return to the house, Zee armed with the crossbow. Erin knocks it out of her hand, but is stabbed in the shoulder by Felix. Erin manages to kill both of them. Felix's phone rings and Erin answers to Crispian, who reveals his involvement due to student loans. He returns to the house and tries tempt Erin with money and the promise of a better life before she kills him.

A policeman (Calvin Reeder) 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 the 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.[7]

Soundtrack[edit]

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.

Release[edit]

You're Next debuted on September 10, 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival[2] and opened at other film festivals later.

RegionRelease dateFestival
CanadaSeptember 10, 2011Toronto International Film Festival[2]
United StatesSeptember 24, 2011Fantastic Fest[8][9]
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.[10][11] 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.

Reception[edit]

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".[12] Metacritic gives the film a score of 66/100 based on reviews from 32 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]

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".[14] 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".[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] 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,"[19] while Jane Horwitz wrote for the same newspaper, "For slasher/horror fans 17 and older, You're Next may provide sufficient homicidal entertainment."[20] Liam Lacey (The Globe and Mail) gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, describing it as "well-executed" but "rudimentary".[21]

A review from St. Louis Post-Dispatch called the film unoriginal,[22] while Rene Rodriguez (The Miami Herald) panned the film, calling it "practically insulting", and dubbed the premise "idiotic".[23] John DeFore (The Hollywood Reporter) wrote that the film's characters were mostly unsympathetic and that more humor would have improved the film.[24] 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.[25] 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.[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 Harvey, Dennis (2011-09-14). "You're Next – Toronto Film Fest Review". Variety. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d Geddes, Colin. "2011 Films – You're Next". Toronto International Film Festival Inc. Retrieved 2011-09-19. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Midnight Madness – Home". Toronto International Film Festival Inc. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  4. ^ "YOU'RE NEXT (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ "You're Next". BoxOffice. BoxOffice Media. 
  6. ^ Buchanan, Jason. "You're Next (2011)". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Columbia Mansion Featured in Horror Film 'You're Next'". midmotoday.com. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
  8. ^ "Fantastic Fest 2011". Festival Genius. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  9. ^ "Fantastic Fest 2011 : Films". Festival Genius. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  10. ^ "LIONSGATE FINDS ITS 'NEXT' GREAT HORROR FILM – Company Acquires Adam Wingard's YOU'RE NEXT". LIONSGATE. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  11. ^ "TIFF 2011: Lionsgate Shoots and Scores! You're Next!". Dread Central Media. 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  12. ^ "You're Next". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  13. ^ "You're Next Reviews". Metacritic. 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  14. ^ Nashawaty, Chris (August 29, 2013). "You're Next". Entertainment Weekly: 48. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ "You're Next review at". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  16. ^ Joshua Rothkopf. "You're Next: movie review at". Timeout.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  17. ^ Glasby, Matt (2013-08-19). "You're Next Review". TotalFilm.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  18. ^ "‘You’re Next,’ 3.5 stars". azcentral.com. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
  19. ^ Jenkins, Mark (August 22, 2013). "You're Next movie review". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ Liam Lacey (August 23, 2013). "You’re Next: Murder and mayhem at the family reunion". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  22. ^ Johnson, Kevin C. "'You're Next' is gory, funny, but not as clever as it thinks: Entertainment". Stltoday.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  23. ^ Rodriguez, Rene. "'You're Next' (R)". miami.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  24. ^ DeFore, John. "You're Next: Toronto Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  25. ^ Whitty, Stephen (August 22, 2013). "You're Next review: Weekend visit turns gory". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  26. ^ Bowles, Scott (August 22, 2013). "'Next' question: What's the point of this horror film?". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 

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