The Davison family, including four siblings and their respective spouses, gather at the family’s rural mansion to celebrate their parents’ 35th wedding anniversary. After a brief reunion filled with frosty hugs and snarky ribbing the Davison’s sit down for a sumptuous feast. As the clan begins to dine a family member suddenly collapses and dies. Closer inspection reveals an arrow in his forehead. Soon a trio of goons donning (scary) animal masks and brandishing crossbows and axes begin to kill off the family one at a time.
The early ads for You’re Next looked so similar to ‘The Strangers’ that I was immediately put off. It’s no secret that I didn’t like The Strangers due to its unremitting nihilism and complete lack of payoff. I am happy to report that You’re Next is a twisty whodunit with a solid and satisfying ending. A shocking prologue hints at what’s in store for the (mostly unlikable) Davison family. The deaths are brutal and at times completely unexpected. One sequence with a blender is particularly jarring. Adding to the excellent script is a dark sense of humor that emerges at the most unlikely of times. You’re Next is the best American horror film in the past few years.
You’re Next has been called a “Mumblecore” film and I still don’t really understand what that means. According to Wikipedia, “Mumblecore is a subgenre of American independent film characterized by low budget production values and amateur actors, heavily focused on naturalistic dialog…The term mumblegore has been used for films mixing mumblecore and horror gore.” I officially hate the word “mumblecore”.