On Monday Gary and I caught the second screening of You’re Next, another TIFF Midnight Madness selection. I did not take the time to read anything about the film beforehand (I am a bit lazy that way) so all I knew going in was that it was a home invasion film. Oh and some friends liked it so much after the Saturday night premier that a round of 2:00 am texts followed when the film was over.
My expectations were not incredibly high. I hoped the film was going to be good but with my “Comme Ci, Comme Ça” Livid experience I just was not sure what to expect. Once the house lights came on though I knew that You’re Next was one of the best films I’ve seen this year.
It centers around the Davison clan who have gathered to celebrate their wealthy parent’s wedding anniversary. During the drive out to the isolated country estate, Crispian (AJ Bowen) lets his new girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson) know that his family is far from ideal. That might have been a bit of a understatement but the sibling banter that results from the rivalries was one of my favourite aspects of the film.
You’re Next starts off strong and does not stop. Sharni Vinson as Erin is a strong protagonist and kicks some serious ass in this movie. The masked intruders were perfectly creepy and quickly made you realize a simple pane of glass offers no protection. I find the idea of being preyed upon at home, where you should feel the safest, terrifying which is why I probably liked this movie so much. It reminded me of Ils (Them) which also had me leaving bruises on Gary’s arm.
Would I recommend this movie? In a heartbeat! This indie film looks so great it is hard to believe that it was made in only a matter of months. It is certain to get picked up and I have no doubt it will be playing in theaters soon. When it does, you should go because you won’t want to miss this one.
P.S. Sharni Vinson is also in Step Up 3D and admitted that her dance background helped her with some of the scenes in You’re Next. The second I saw her I recognized her it was like my love of cheesy dance movies collided worlds with my love of horror flicks.