Director: Adam Wingard
Starring: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg
It's becoming more apparent that Australian actress Sharni Vinson would have retained her credibility as an actress by remaining on local soapy Home and Away. Straight off the back of the atrocious shark flick Bait (remember the flick where the poor shark dies of food poisoning after eating all those misfits in a supermarket submerged in sea water?) she meanders onto this teenage slasher flick which does nothing more than decrease her ability to work as a serious actress in Hollywood.
There's a family reunion in a large mansion deep in the forest. As in Bait all the characters are a bunch of unlikeable and dopey misfits, who can't wait to vent their spleen on each other. It's impossible for the audience to warm to any of these cretins, so when they're all mercilessly hunted down by 3 men wearing animal masks, the audience takes complete delight in knowing that by the finale all these morons will thankfully be dead.
The excitement wears off very quickly in this The Strangers wannabe. Vinson plays the hero, a female Rambo of sorts who along with the audience, discovers what's really going on in this loving family. She is supported by a bunch of really bad actors who can't even act as corpses. Admittedly they don't have much to work with, as the script is badly written and overloaded with cliches and appalling dialogue.
Described as horror/black comedy, You're Next is unoriginal and idiotic failing on all levels. It fails in the genre of horror and simply doesn't work as black comedy. The abundance of violence and gore is initially effective, but overkill brings on the yawns. It's understandable that movie goers have steered right away from this gem which should have gone straight to DVD. Vinson IS a good actress. She just needs to choose her roles more carefully – it may be best to be out of work than in work if these "career destroying scripts" are the only ones on offer. JAKE