You're Next

“Refreshingly breathless… feels like the wise-assed love-child of The Big Chill, Murder By Death, and Friday the 13th.” — Scott Weinberg, FEARnet

Director: Adam Wingard
Year: 2011
Country: USA
Running time: 95 mins
Censor Rating: R18 - horror, graphic violence, offensive language

Editor: Adam Wingard
Producers: Keith Calder, Jessica Wu, Simon Barrett, Kim Sherman
Screenplay: Simon Barrett
Photography: Andrew Droz Palermo
Production designer: Thomas S. Hammock
Costume designer: Emma Potter
Sound: Jeffrey A. Pitts
Music: Jasper Justice Lee, Kyle McKinnon, Mads Heldtberg
CinemaScope/DCP

With: Sharni Vinson (Erin), Nicholas Tucci (Felix), Wendy Glenn (Zee), A.J. Bowen (Crispian), Joe Swanberg (Drake), Margaret Laney (Kelly), Amy Seimetz (Aimee), Ti West (Tariq), Rob Moran (Paul), Barbara Crampton (Aubrey)

Festivals: Toronto, Fantastic Fest 2011; San Francisco 2013

You’re Next arrives on a positive critical wave from several key festivals. Kiwi audiences get a chance to savour its unsavoury delights ahead of a major US release. Horror hotshots Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S 1 & 2) deliver a taut, tight and consistently funny home-invasion thriller-cum-Agatha Christie mystery: animal-masked invaders force a colourful collection of siblings to fend for their lives and a family reunion goes horribly, murderously wrong. These professional horror geeks have cooked up their most confident concoction so far, nasty enough for jaded horror fans but also slyly amusing and accessible for those who generally watch scary movies through their fingers. They’re immeasurably helped by an excellent ensemble made up of genre vets (Crampton, Bowen) and indie directors and actors (Swanberg, Seimetz, West), any of whom may or may not be brutally killed at any moment. And that’s always satisfying. — Ant Timpson

“A delicious inversion of standard slasher tropes… laced with brilliantly outrageous dark humor, You’re Next takes the typical slasher survivor girl and flips things on end by making her into a badass. Fuse a Friday the 13th movie with Home Alone and First Blood with a dash of Tomas Vinterberg’s The Celebration and you’re in the right neighborhood… The horror is horrific. The blood laid on thick. Every jump works. And yet this thing is also laugh out loud funny from start to finish…

This is the film that declares – and declares loudly – that Wingard isn’t just an indie darling, that he is a director that can kick a mainstream audience’s ass and make them fall in love with the experience.” — Todd Brown, Twitch