Paul (Moran) and Aubrey (Crampton) are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary at their secluded family country home. They are joined by their 4 children Felix (Tucci), Crispian (Bowen), Drake (Swanberg) and Aimee (Seimetz) and their respective partners. It is Crispian’s young partner Erin (Vinson) who will prove to be the movie’s pivotal character as events unfold.
The movie opens with a very strange double murder and the sinister message smeared in blood across the window ‘ You’re Next ‘. The tone has now been set….. we know what we are in for.
Or do we?
As the family gathers, we quickly surmise that all is not well. These grown up siblings are not the best of friends. There are the usual taunts and teases with the serious Crispian being the main target for his much younger girlfriend, the delightfully perky Aussie Erin……….and yep with Aussie accent intact. YAY!
The murders begin during the family’s first dinner together with a cross-bow arrow being fired through a window and killing a significant other. I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler……
From that moment on, the movie turns bloody and gruesome, with the family becoming more and more frantic as it’s members are picked off one by one. Of course, they decide to send someone outside….to where the killers are. Naturally. It’s what happens in every horror movie. But it’s the how and result that will……well that would be a spoiler 😉
This movie which premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, has all the hallmarks of a dark cult classic in the making. It has a cast full of little known actors….. not all of them decent actors either. It has an adequate but slightly dodgy script. It has lots of blood and some interesting uses for ordinary household items as weapons. (Those preparing for the zombie apocalypse should take notes)
Think Halloween franchise. Think Friday the 13th franchise.
But most of all it has the perky heroine who don’t take shit from no one! And she is an Aussie….. more YAY’s. She is the McGuyver of horror flicks. She could, I believe, kill 17 grown men with a piece of string and an oven mitt. Yeah she is that good.
Personally, I did not care for this movie…. it’s not my kind of horror ….. but I can see why it’s getting some rave reviews. It was made for under 1 million and opened to a 7 million weekend (according to IMDB). It is old school slasher fest, so witty dialogue and top-notch acting are not the drawcards for this genre.
As with all little indies and low-budget labours of love, I applaud and celebrate the fact this movie exists at all.
Oh and there is a twist that will leave you stunned. And there is another that, if you pick it up quick enough, will find you yelling at the screen. Nooooooooooooo!!!
I don’t know if you should go see this…but why not. If you like some blood and gore and perky chicks with party tricks to dazzle……yeah go grab a ticket and some popcorn
Love Flick xx
Director : Adam Wingard
Starring : Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Margaret Laney, Joe Swanberg, Barbara Crampton, Rob Moran, Amy Seimetz
Running Time : 94 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now