You're Next (2011) - Adam Wingard
The Davidson family is having a nice get-together at their beautiful winter home in the middle of the nowhere. Not quite the most loving family, they have all agreed to reconnect over the wedding anniversary of their parents. When the family comes under attack by a vicious gang of killers, they have no choice but to try and fight back. I haven't been a fan of much of Adam Wingard's work to-date, but You're Next is a fun and refreshing take on the home-invasion horror genre. The film is loaded with death and violence but what makes it so much fun is the animosity among the siblings of the Davidson family. The film balances this line between comedy and horror throughout much of its running time, with these siblings bickering at one and other even after they come under attack by the masked killers. The violence is quite inventive and the narrative features a good amount of twists and turns that certainly add to the experience. The visual design is decent but the film's best attribute is its score, which creates most of the atmosphere and mood, delivering the scariest moments as well as the most thrilling. You're Next is a film that one should go into knowing as little as possible, just don't expect something mind-blowingly unique. This is not nearly as groundbreaking as some have lead me to believe, but it balances senseless violence, dark comedy and mayhem very well, giving the viewer a very fun experience.
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