CHANNEL 4 4SEVEN E4 MORE4 FILM4 4MUSIC 4oD

Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • 18
  • Horror, Thriller
  • 2011
  • 95 mins

You're Next

Film4

Synopsis

A wealthy, yet dysfunctional, upper middle class family come together for a reunion in their secluded country mansion. But it looks like they’re not alone in the house...

About

After working in shorter formats in The ABCs Of Death and both entries in the V/H/S mini-franchise, 'Mumblegore' maestro Adam Wingard here splatters his talent over a feature-­length canvas. You’re Next, originally premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 years before the release of all three anthology appearances, plays like a 1980s Woody Allen drama gone wrong, as a dysfunctional upper­-middle class family come together in their secluded mansion to bury the hatchet and be civil to each other.

Unfortunately, the hatchets aren’t metaphorical, and they’re being buried into the bodies of each family member in turn by a bunch of scary goons in animal masks. Good job, then, that the bearded failed intellectual son’s (AJ Bowen) new girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson) is a kick­-ass Aussie raised on a survivalist camp.

True to form, these characters bitch and moan their way towards their untimely deaths - and although there is an inkling of some sort of satirical serves-'em-right undercurrent, since the family home was built with money earned from arms dealing, Simon Barrett's script doesn't offer up a story or character to latch onto. Erin is undoubtedly a formidable heroine, but she's more of a clever-clever construct - a killer cat among the home-invasion horror pigeons - than someone who inspires empathy.

However, the director’s clear enjoyment of his film’s grisly violence and genre subversion is too hard to resist, and Wingard fills out the flick with enough gory gags (Erin’s homemade traps, which evoke Straw Dogs and Home Alone in equal measure) and cheeky cameos (indie filmmakers Joe Swanberg and Ti West are a given, but Re-Animator / From Beyond scream queen Barbara Crampton is a real gift to 80s horror aficionados) to make You’re Next more than just an energetic retread of familiar themes.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Joe Swanberg, Ti West, Barbara Crampton
  • Director: Adam Wingard
  • Producer: Keith Calder

In a nutshell

A smart alec horror of the highest order, Adam Wingard’s You’re Next revels in the thrill of taking a hatchet to the face of indie cinema’s most well­-worn archetype: the upper middle class family.

by Michael Leader

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4 Win Win

    Win Win

    Paul Giamatti stars as a struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach who takes in his client's troubled grandson

  • Film4 The Drop

    The Drop

    Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini and Noomi Rapace star in a feature-length adaptation of a short crime story by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island), directed by Belgian filmmaker Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead)

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Joe Cunningham's 11 recommendations for LFF 14

    Unfortunately I haven¿t been jet setting around the world this year to the various exciting international film festivals, but that¿s what makes the London Film Festival¿s compilation approach to progr

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Michael Leader's 11 recommendations for LFF 2014

    One of the best things about the London Film Festival¿s smorgasbord approach to programming is that, amongst the world premieres and gala screenings, there¿s an eclectic collection of exciting films o

Rent now on Film4od

Available to rent for £2.49

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Tweets @Film4

  • @taschaiscool You're not alone. 👍

  • If you're digging Room 237's score, it's by @kingahab & William Hutson, w/ @bearmccreary on the Clavinet. Info here: http://t.co/RLLbFDSNID

  • Ahoy, night owls! Up next at 12.25am, Room 237, a documentary looking at the weird & wonderful meanings fans have attributed to The Shining.

  • @87newman I'm afraid not, sorry. But if you add the film to a watchlist we can remind you when it's next on: http://t.co/qEaIdtPCPy

  • RT @AdamRutherford: One of my 2013 top 10 films, @Rodney_Ascher's Room 237 on @Film4 at 1225. I stayed here in the US. No bear, no witch. h…

Share