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You’re Next (2011)

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Abbi from Where The Wild Things Are is next up in the ‘Recommended By’ blogathon. Read on for her thoughts on You’re Next, and then of course go and check out her fantastic site.

abbiYou’re Next (2011) – Reviewed by Abbi from Where The Wild Things Are

I am not normally a great watcher of horror movies. I’ll be really honest and admit that I scare pretty easily and the fact that I have a vivid imagination tends to leave me with horrible mental pictures that haunt my dreams. However when Tyson Carter of Head In A Vice decided to celebrate his return from a baby related hiatus (no he did not give birth Junior style but he has been taking of a little Carter) with a blogathon all about watching the movies we put on our recommendations list and never get around to, I decided to push the boat out.

I can’t remember how many people have reviewed You’re Next and suggested that it was a bit of a standout but my most recent recommendation came from garylee828, whose blog has mysteriously disappeared, so I am going to credit him.

[WARNING MILD SPOILERS THROUGHOUT]

youre next mask imageWe start off with Erin (Sharni Vinson) in the car with her boyfriend, Crispian (AJ Bowen) driving to his parents’ house for their wedding anniversary party where she will meet them and his siblings and their partners for the first time. I have to admit that my first question was how a beardy dork like Crispian nabbed a young hottie like Erin. I thought it might be his money or amazing intellect or bravery but he doesn’t have any of those qualities either so the question never really got resolved in my mind.

Anyway, Crispian has three siblings, golden girl Aimee (Amy Seimetz) who is dating Tariq (Ti West), stuffy older brother, Drake (Joe Swanberg) who is married to even more stuffy, Kelly (Margaret Laney) and Felix (Nicholas Tucci) who is accompanied by his enigmatic girlfriend, Zee (Wendy Glenn). Dinner with mom (Barbara Crampton) and Dad (Rob Moran) in their opulent home starts well but it’s not long before old resentments come to the surface and a raging argument breaks out – one that is stopped in its tracks when mysterious attackers invade the home.

As a group of intruders in weird animal masks slowly picks off the panicking family members one by one it becomes clear that Erin is a lot more capable when it comes to survival than anyone expected and a violent cat and mouse game between her and the intruders ensues. But just exactly do the intruders want and why have they chosen this particular family?

"Erin wasn't letting anyone get between her and her KFC bucket"

“Erin wasn’t letting anyone get between her and her KFC bucket”

This is actually the first home invasion movie I have ever seen so I think a lot of the in-jokes might have been lost on me and I can’t comment on how inventive or not it was but I found the overall concept quite fascinating even though the twist was relatively predictable, well part of it anyway. I really liked Vinson as Erin and I thought it was great that she was tough but not invincible although her back story explaining why she was such a tough nut was a bit weak. Tucci was suitably slimy as Felix and he and Zee were immediately suspicious. I am thinking of one particular scene where Zee wants to get, er, freaky at the most inappropriate moment that is probably the most disturbing part of the whole film.. There’s a fair amount of blood for those who like that kind of thing along with some pretty unusual kills. I will never look at a blender the same way again.

I wouldn’t call You’re Next scary. It’s more suspenseful and thrilling than anything else while managing to keep its tongue firmly in its cheek. As with most slashers the characters often behave in absolutely idiotic ways, which is a bit painful along with how convoluted the whole premise is but if you can put that aside it’s a pretty good watch even if it’s not really my thing.

Was it a good recommendation?

On the balance of things I would say yes. From beginning to end I wanted to know what was going to happen and I was rooting for Erin all the way to the end when she was faced with a pretty challenging decision. Good work, garylee828! 3/5

What do I recommend in exchange?

Well I still want everyone to check out Everything is Illuminated.

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  1. Thanks again for joining in Abbi. And maybe I did have a child Junior style, you’ll never know 😉

    As for the movie, I really liked it. Not just because AJ Bowen once visited my site and chatted, but it was way better than standard home invasion stuff like The Strangers. And Sharni kicks serious ass!! 🙂

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    • Abbi

       /  September 1, 2014

      Pictures or it didn’t happen! Jk.

      Not being a horror fan it’s rare for me to enjoy them at all but this was really fun. I genuinely got sucked into the story. Thanks for having me!

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      • I’m afraid the pictures will get hacked and leaked along with all my naked ones with Jennifer Lawrence.

        It was a good story, the end was a little far fetched without spoiling things 🙂

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  2. Great review 🙂
    One of my favourite recent horror films 😀

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  3. Cool! This has been on my to watch list and it’s finally come to Netflix so I’ve been eagerly anticipating having the time to watch. Even more excited now!

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  4. jmount43

     /  September 1, 2014

    Okay, I didn’t participate in this because to be honest I didn’t understand how it works, How does it work?

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    • Hahaha!! The premise is simply to review a movie someone recommended to you. In this case, Abbi reviewed You’re Next because a fellow blogger Gary recommended she might like it. Simples 🙂

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      • jmount43

         /  September 1, 2014

        I got it now. I think I just didn’t understand because I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. Sorry I missed out. I’m not sure if anyone’s actually recommended a film to me before.

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        • John, it was more a case of seeing another blogger review a movie that you hadn’t seen. After reading his/her review you were inspired to watch that film and review it. That’s what the blogathon involves, surely a review somewhere by someone has piqued your interest? 😉

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        • jmount43

           /  September 2, 2014

          It did. I want to see the movie “Wer” starring A.J. Cook but I can’t find it.

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        • jmount43

           /  September 2, 2014

          Also, I can’t remember who the blogger was who reviewed it. It may have been thycriticman. It was Derek at It’s Latin for Cookies who presented the trailer.

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        • It’s a good film. 🙂

          The deadline was about 2 weeks ago but as I’m still posting them, if you get time to knock something up, just email me it over and id be honored to include you in this buddy 🙂

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        • jmount43

           /  September 2, 2014

          I’ll see what I can do.

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        • jmount43

           /  September 2, 2014

          I’m going to try to watch and review Sightseers.

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        • Cool, just drop it my email along with the link for the guy/girl whose site you saw the review on 🙂

          tysoncarter@hotmail.co.uk

          Cheers John!!! Looking forward to it.

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        • jmount43

           /  September 2, 2014

          How soon do you need it? The earliest I can do it is Thursday.

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        • Well the deadline was weeks ago so it really doesn’t matter lol. Ive got a couple more weeks worth of people planned in for posting, so I’ll just tag you on towards the end. So really anytime in the next 2 weeks 🙂

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        • jmount43

           /  September 2, 2014

          ok

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    • Abbi

       /  September 1, 2014

      It’s not too late!

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      • jmount43

         /  September 1, 2014

        I can’t think of any films that have been recommended to me.

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        • Abbi

           /  September 1, 2014

          Right now I recommend you either Everything is Illuminated, Idiocracy or A Separation.

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        • jmount43

           /  September 1, 2014

          Any of them available on Netflix?

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        • Abbi

           /  September 1, 2014

          Hmm… not on British Netflix. If you want something on Netflix I can offer White Men Can’t Jump, Misery and Stake Land.

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        • jmount43

           /  September 2, 2014

          Seen them all. Loved Misery, liked Stakeland, no opinion on White Men Can’t Jump.

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        • Abbi

           /  September 3, 2014

          Let me look for some more and come back to you. I recently quite enjoyed Thanks for Sharing.

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  5. garylee828

     /  September 1, 2014

    Glad you liked it, Abbi, although I’m not sure it’s as great as “Eat, Pray, Love”. That’s what I should have recommended for Tyson to watch. 🙂

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  6. Abbi

     /  September 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on Where The Wild Things Are and commented:
    Check out my review for “You’re Next” recommended by garylee828 as part of Tyson Carter’s Recommended By series on Head in a Vice.

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    • Great review, Abbi! Think we liked this one about the same amount. It was just a bit too gory for me. I far preferred The Purge, much to EVERYONE’S annoyance it seems. Lol. I’ll try to watch Everything Is Illuminated someday! I know you love it. : )

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      • Abbi

         /  September 16, 2014

        I still haven;t seen The Purge. I have heard very mixed reviews. I am waiting for it to show up on Netflix.

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  7. Cool review Abbi. Had a lot of fun with this one, especially the blender scene 🙂

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  8. I’m not much of a horror film fan either, but this sounds interesting, although rather predictable like you said. Not so sure I will check it out, but I will look into Everything Is Illuminated. Thanks for the recommendation, and nice review, Abbi!

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  9. I saw the trailer back when this was first released, and liked what I saw, but never got to see the movie. And your review is the first I’ve ever read about it, so based on your thoughts, I’ll see if I can track this thing down and give it a look. But if Erin buys the farm at the end, I’m going to be reeeeeeeally upset! And of course, I’ll blame Tyson for my anger!

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  10. Tom

     /  September 3, 2014

    Good write-up Abbi, pretty fair eval given this is not your genre so much. I would have to agree with you very very much on some of the characters. They were kind of grating. But I cheered on Erin all the way through. She kicked ass. Good to see a strong female character again in a modern horror

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  11. It always totally weirds me out when blogs stop without explanation. Guess Gary got burned out, went and joined that commune Andy Watches Movies and the Film Hipster started down in Belize.

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  12. “I will never look at a blender the same way again.” OMG RIGHT? I can’t. I like this one a lot thought. Erin is the QUEEN of modern slasher flicks. Great review, Abbi! And hi, Tyson! Congrats on the baby! 🙂

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  13. Excellent review Abbi. Not a bad flick, not as great as most reviews made it out to be. I expected a little more.

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