Monday, January 16, 2017

When You Date an Australian Survivalist, or Thoughts on You’re Next

You’re Next (2011), from director Adam Wingard of the 2016 Blair Witch sequel, is a home invasion movie with a clever twist.  You are familiar with the premise; an isolated country house, a weekend getaway with a wealthy extended family hiding old sibling rivalries and family politics, what could possibly go wrong?  It isn't long before one of the boyfriends gets a crossbow bolt to the forehead during a heated family dinner and the fun begins.
There are three killers outside in animal masks, a rabbit, a sheep, and a fox.  Rabbits and sheep are traditional prey animals, which is a nice touch.  What makes this different from every other home invasion movie including Funny Games (2007), The Strangers (2008), and Hush (2016) is the introduction of Australian actor Sharni Vinson as Erin, the girlfriend of the youngest son. 
Erin, while presently a university grad student, was also conveniently raised in the Outback by her survivalist father and has a unique skill set that allows her to turn the tables on the killers.  Plus she’s Australian, and from what I can gather from the Mad Max movies and the viral videos of them punching kangaroos, she’s always up for a fight. 
Equal parts Wolf Creek (2005) and Wait Until Dark (1967), You’re Next (that’s what the killers write on the wall in blood) is more fun than it should be.  There are some memorably gory murders that I can only describe as blender-riffic. 
Watch out for Barbara Crampton from Re-Animator (1985) as Aubrey Davison, the mom.




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