Sharni Vinson as Erin
Nicholas Tucci as Felix Davison
Wendy Glenn as Zee
AJ Bowen as Crispian Davison
Joe Swanberg as Drake Davison
Margaret Laney as Kelly
Amy Seimetz as Aimee Davison
Ti West as Tariq
Rob Moran as Paul Davison
Barbara Crampton as Aubrey Davison
In theaters August 23
Paul and Aubrey Davison are having a family get together in their country estate to celebrate their 35th anniversary. All of their adult children and their spouses/significant others are invited. It’s a lovely rural setting and a beautiful mansion. The guests arrive little by little and begin to settle in. Everyone is meeting and greeting; brothers and sisters poking fun at each other. It’s a typical idyllic setting, a family sitting down for dinner and saying grace. During a squabble between two of the brothers, someone notices something outside. One gets up to look out the window to see, and gets an arrow to the forehead. The quiet is shattered by screams and panic. This family doesn’t know it, but they have been marked for death. A group of masked maniacs, who have already slaughtered neighbors near by, have moved on to the Davison house. Their ordeal begins. This will be a bloodbath. Will anyone survive?
The movie starts off kind of boring and a little silly. This wealthy whiter-than-white-bread clan, gleefully off in the wilderness, with the mom, who we have established is a little “nervous” and takes medication for it, already jumping at shadows before anything happens. There’s just something a little too delicious about watching the terror of sheltered, privileged white people when their world gets shattered, but this violation is so brutal that no one will see it coming, or where it’s coming from. Here’s the thing: Sure it starts off as pretty typical and boring and you think you’ve got another run of the mill slasher flick, then BAM! There is a BIG plot twist that comes mid point in the film. THAT’S where it gets exciting, at least it did for me. Once you get past the awkward beginning, things really start to kick into gear. While the threat is still brutal and vicious, the perception of the whole situation changes as each member of the family and fringe struggle for their survival. One such member of the fringe is Erin, girlfriend of Crispin, one of the Davison sons. Unknown to Crispin, Erin has had survivalist training, so when everyone goes into blind panic mode and is basically usless, her instincts begin to kick in and take charge.
Come for the movie, stay for the plot twist. Great gorefest once it gets going. There are some brutal kills. Some of the special effects are a teeny bit less-than-top-shelf, but they are still effective. It’s still a chiller. The masks really creep me out. If you like a good slash-em-up with unexpected plot angles, I think this satisfies.
5 out of 5 stars
Check out the trailer for “YOU’RE NEXT” below: