‘You’re Next’ attacks with strong plot, engages audience with dark humor

If you’re a fan of “The Strangers” but want a horror film with a bit of warped humor and serious plot twists then check out “You’re Next.” Nothing is scarier than people in creepy masks lurking outside your home tucked away in the woods and you are inside with your family. While the latter may be your darkest fear, “You’re Next” creates major tension and immediate fear in the first couple minutes of the film, making you fearful of what may come later on.

Erin (Sharni Vinson) joins her boyfriend Crispian (AJ Bowen) at his parents’ wedding anniversary party, which is also an immediate family reunion, revealing a wealthy clan with nothing but problems. The evening takes a turn for the worse and soon the family is fighting to survive their masked tormentors in their own home.

“You’re Next” keeps audiences on their toes with major plot twists and strong character development. While the acting starts out strong in the start of the film, three-fourths of the way into the film there is greater use of dark humor by some actors which messes with the macabre mood of the film. I personally think that if you are going to use dark humor in a horror film, use it throughout, and this film uses it more excessively near the end. The dark humor was indeed entertaining, but I felt it screwed up the feel of the film and made it slightly more campy.

While I am not a big fan of gore, this film provided the right amount of it without trying too hard. The special effects were definitely impressive and the set design moody and gothic. The killers that attack the family are dressed in clothing totally frightening: dark clothing and animal masks. Armed with guns and machetes, the killers are reminiscent of the psychopaths in “The Strangers”. However, in this film, audiences will find out who hides behind the masks.

TIP: Be prepared for anything with this film. The plot twists in this film will keep you on your toes. You may have expected it all from the beginning or had no idea it was going to happen, but keep an eye out for clues concerning each death. They all mean something.

Although this film does not stand even close to the greatness that is “The Strangers,” I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the film. This film did have its moments where I lost my attention due to unnecessary comedy or less-than-impressive acting, but the plot remains intact till the very end when all is revealed.

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