Name: Sophie Sleep
So now I have paid for and seen yet another horror film, this one being more of a slasher (a lot more so) than The Conjuring. The director is pretty new on the scene, the only other film I recognise in his back catalogue is The ABC’s of Death. The general premise of that film didn’t particularly interest me but I would love to see more of this guy’s work.
You’re Next takes place in a very large American estate, where a dysfunctional yuppy family are reuniting for a wedding anniversary. This is also a refreshing change from the high-school-kids-on-vacation-in-a-remote-cabin-where-there’s-nowhere-to-run storyline. In this, the siblings all hate each other, and each has brought their respective partner as an attempt to say ‘Look how happy I am… LOOK AT IT!!!’ Then in the middle of a blazing row between two of the brother’s, one of the guests get shot (but where and with what?). They then realise people with animal masks are trying to kill the whole family. So, one big giggle fest from start to finish.
If you don’t like gore, gore or gore, don’t watch You’re Next. This film contains axes, machetes, razor wire, throat slitting, eye stabbing, glass in bits of the body, head stabbing, bludgeoning, skull smashing, crossbows and a… blender (I didn’t want to watch, but I couldn’t look away). If you like unexpected twists and turns in the plot, very artistically shot death scenes and women kicking all kinds of ass, this is the film for you. 94 minutes of ‘OH MY GOD THAT’S BRUTAL.’ This film also involves one of the most creative (and gross) deaths I have seen in many years, with the exception of the Saw movies, films where the entire premise is ‘THIS WILL MAKE YOU SQUIRM…’ The difference with this film, is that you have the glory of the chase sequences, the moments where you jump out of your seat, AND gore. As a massive fan of horror, this got me very excited.
One thing that is refreshing about this film is that the violent intruders are HUMAN and are injure-able rather than overly durable (like Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers and other such villaIns who WILL NOT DIE OR GO AWAY) and at least one of the suffering victims can beat the crap out of them. And she’s a woman! Love her, fancy her, that’s all you need to know.
I love a horror with a twist. If I was going to compare this with something already existing, I’d say it’s The Strangers (but much better) meets Home Alone (with no kids in it).
One thing I will say for those who have little faith in the genre of horror, is that Wingard’s creation restores my faith in horror films, and that they can be refreshed and innovative. It is a rarity that I watch a slasher, and my hands fly to my mouth. That only normally happens in ghost / supernatural type films. This film has great potential, and I will be keeping an eye on Adam Wingard. I love your work sir!