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You're Next

00:00 August 26, 2013
By: Kristal Blue
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** 1/2 out of ****

You're Next is a throwback to the slasher films that became popular in the early 1980s. The selling point of those movies was the copious amounts of blood and gore that they contained, but other than that, they were often dull and badly acted. You're Next, however, has something that many of those low-budget shockers didn't have, and that is a sharp sense of humor. Plus, it is technically well-made.

Paul and Aubrey Davison (Rob Moran and Barbara Crampton) go to their isolated country getaway for their wedding anniversary. Their four grown children, including their son Crispian (AJ Bowen) and his new girlfriend, Erin (Sharni Vinson), soon arrive for the celebration. The lovely evening, however, soon turns to terror as the family comes under siege by a group of killers wearing animal masks.

There is some clumsy plotting and dialogue—like when one character has to mention, in the middle of a violent siege, that cell phone jammers are illegal but easy to find for $30. Adam Wingard's movie is also disgustingly violent, but there are laugh-out-loud moments, like family squabbling as they are being shot at with arrows. The humor really helps. Otherwise this would be an ordinary slasher film.

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