'You're Next' is a tense survival horror story with major twists - KCTV5

'You're Next' is a tense survival horror story with major twists

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The horror genre can be a tough one to get right, but the new survival horror movie You're Next succeeds glowingly on just about every level. This tense thriller follows a family reuniting at a vacation home only to realize a group of homicidal maniacs are trying to pick them off one by one.

Adam Wingard directed the movie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. It went on to win best horror feature at Fantastic Fest in 2011. There's a good reason the movie won in that category.

You're Next, filmed in Columbia, MO, starts off with a man and his girlfriend in a home seemingly in the middle of nowhere. It doesn't take long for the killers, complete with creepy animal masks, to show up and take them out. We then jump to a neighboring home, where a couple has just arrived and started getting the home ready for guests. They're preparing for a family reunion of sorts, as their four kids, three sons and one daughter, are set to meet at the home.

Not going into spoiler territory, the movie is an intense adrenaline rush. There are a few jump scares that work in the movie, but the building sense of dread in the first 45 minutes or so builds brilliantly. Not to be undone by the horror, there's also a ton of dark laughs in the movie. It's obvious from the start that this family is anything but warm, close and happy. The inner family tension leads to some major plot twists before the film's end.

The make-up and special effects work well enough in the morning. But there is one minor complaint, as it seems like the blood that's spilled never really never looked like the real thing. Instead it's very watery looking, light in color, almost like Kool Aid. Despite the blood, the rest of the gore is great, with some truly inventive kills.

Overall, the movie comes together almost perfectly. The cast is great, with a couple of true standouts. The one actress that steals the show is Australian native Sharni Vinson, who proves to be a much bigger challenge for the killers than they were ready for. Her excellent performance is especially surprising, considering her last lead role was in Step Up 3D. While highly recommended, do not bring the little ones to this movie. There are some big scares and seriously disturbing violence throughout.

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