Bed, Blood And Beyond
This home invasion slasher flick offers one crafty, kick-a** heroine and a family so messed up, you'll enjoy watching them get impaled by arrows, screwdrivers and various kitchen-appliances-turned-weaponry. Sound a little over the top? This movie puts the "fun" back in dysfunctional.
4 Stars: Perfect for old school slasher fans
College professor Crispian Davison (AJ Bowen) and his perky Aussie girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson) head to the Davison family mansion in the country to celebrate Crispian's parents' wedding anniversary. The family reunion also includes brothers Felix (Nicholas Tucci) and Drake (Joe Swanberg), and sis Aimee (Amy Seimetz) and their significant others.
Erin seems eager to earn the Davisons' approval, but she's also more than a little taken aback by their huge amount of wealth. Though we don't learn about her background until later in the story, it's easy to conclude she didn't grow up with much. But that's precisely why she survives this 1 percenter bloodbath. Erin may not be rich, but she's resourceful.
The movie starts slowly, setting up the family dynamics and sibling rivalry, particularly between brothers Crispian and Drake. Once the first family member is shot in the head with an arrow launched from a crossbow by a killer in a lamb mask, however, the action really kicks into high gear.
There is plenty of humor to be had, particularly in the creative ways our heroine Erin fights back against the killers. Let's just say we've never seen a blender used as a murder weapon. Vinson brings an interesting mix of vulnerability and toughness to her character, making for a compelling, believable performance.
The sound editing was particularly crisp in this film, really adding zing to the horror movie experience. The use of a church organ to underscore the suspense really gives an old school feeling and intensifies the creepiness. Though light on brains and guts, there's a nearly biblical flood of blood.
Bottom line: You're Next is a solid slasher flick with screams, blood and laughs in all the right places. Enjoy.
Photo credit: Lionsgate