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
Promotional 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$26.6 million[5]
 
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You're Next
A figure wearing a wolf mask stands in a doorway holding a machete by his side
Promotional 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$26.6 million[5]

You're Next is a 2011 American horror film directed and edited by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett[6] and starring Barrett, Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A. J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg. 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 very positive reviews and has so far grossed over $26 million at the box office surpassing its budget of $1 million.

Plot[edit]

A couple is 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 then killed by Lamb Mask (L.C. Holt).

The son of a wealthy family, Crispian, played by horror veteran A. J. Bowen, along with his fiance, Erin, are seen travelling to his family's reunion at their remote Missouri vacation house, next door to the scene of the still-undiscovered murders. Also gathering at the vacation house are: Crispian's parents Aubrey and Paul, his brother, Drake, and his wife, Kelly (Margaret Laney), his other brother, Felix, and his girlfriend Zee, and lastly his younger sister Aimee(Amy Seimetz) and her boyfriend Tariq (Ti West). Despite significant family tension, they gather for a family dinner. During an argument, Tariq is killed 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 is killed after running into a garrote wire. Erin begins to organize the family's defense, while a distraught Aubrey lies down in her bedroom to grieve and rest, but is murdered by Fox Mask (Lane Hughes) who was hiding under her bed. Kelly discovers that Fox Mask is still under the bed, and flees in a panic before being caught and killed. 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 but kills the Tiger Mask assailant by repeatedly stabbing his head. Upstairs, Paul discovers the killers had been hiding in the house before the family arrived, but he is murdered by Fox Mask in front of Felix and Zee, but it is revealed that the two hired the killers to inherit the family fortune.

Erin, with feigned assistance by 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. Erin is again attacked, but interrupted by Drake who awakens are almost killed by Lamb Mask, but Erin wounds and drives him away. Felix and Drake go to the basement to collect weapons, where Felix kills Drake. Erin goes upstairs to try to find Paul, but finds him dead 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 reenters the house and impales his foot on the window's traps. Once inside, hiding behind a curtain and bandaging herself, 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 just before), giving away her hiding spot, but also alerting her that her text to the police was received. Escaping, Fox Mask, Zee, and Felix follow her, but Lamb Mask assumes she went into a different part of the house. When Lamb Mask tries to enter in 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 comes in another way. Erin draws Fox Mask into the basement and turns on her camera. While Fox Mask is looking at the camera, Erin kicks him in the side and restrains him to the ground, and beats him with a log until finally he dies.

Zee walks into the kitchen holding Lamb Mask' 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 blade through his head and turns it on, killing him. Erin then kills Zee 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 trying to tempt her with the money and his 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.

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 75% based on 131 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".[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 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.[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 $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.

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 (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Buchanan, Jason. "You're Next (2011)". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.midmotoday.com/columbia-mansion-featured-in-lionsgate-horror-youre-next/#
  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. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/movies/articles/20130814youre-next-movie-review.html?nclick_check=1
  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. "You’re Next: Murder and mayhem at the family reunion". 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. ^ "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. "'Next' question: What's the point of this horror film?". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 

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