Director: Adam Wingard
Writer: Simon Barrett
Cinematographer: Andrew D. Palermo
by Susan Bartley
I started this film last year and didn’t make it past the intro. Then I made I made it past the intro and saw Joe Swanberg make his entrance and became interested. Then the murders started to happen and wow - if I could give an award out for most illogical actions by characters in any modern popular film this might take the prize. The picture is a shitty version of The Strangers, involving a family reunion that takes a turn when they’re suddenly under attack per the new horror sub-genre of Home Invasion stories (place The Purge, Funny Games, Knock, Knock, etc. in this category, as well).
However, rather than discussing anything of substance (since there isn’t much), I’ll instead list out each illogical character move. The problem is, I’m not sure if these developments were suppose to contribute to the film’s black humor, or were actually figured to be logical. Here we go:
Regardless, the movie did phenomenal at the box office and actually received pretty good reviews. Though how this movie gets 75% on Rotten Tomatoes and The Strangers only got a 45% is incredibly disheartening. It’s as though reviewers can only treat blood and guts horror films seriously if there’s a wink at the audience. The Strangers had everything this had, except with better characters and actual tension. And from what I remember, the funny moments The Strangers contained, while few, were monumentally more humorous than You’re Next.
BELOW: Even though numerous people have been killed, the family thought it was a great idea to leave the mom upstairs alone. The illogic is infuriating, serving little purpose other than offering another murder
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