ByJames Wood, writer at
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James Wood

Sharni Vinson is my new horror movie hero, she is undoubtedly the best horror movie lead since Shauna McDonald's Sarah in The Descent, a tour de force performance. You're Next is utter horror movie perfection, I hail this movie, what a masterclass in fun, violence and terror! This is hands down the best home invasion movie too, with fine direction from Adam Wingard and smart writing from Simon Barrett.

This slasher focuses on one big wealthy family whose kids reunite for their parents anniversary in the new family home. As the evening unfolds old tensions rise and arguments start, then suddenly all the bickering is shattered as ruthless and bloodthirsty masked invaders attack.

As soon as the first bolt is fired, panic sets in and the family run amok the house, making it easier for the attackers to hit their targets. The lack of focus and noise in this moment is terrific because when people panic and fear the unknown, nothing is ever clean and smooth.

The invaders behaviour is unflinchingly brutal which proves great opposition against the defenceless family, but the greatest aspect of the whole film has to be Erin, a girlfriend of elder son Crispin. Erin is a survival expert and a brilliant killer, when the attack begins she snaps and starts to react and the results are fantastic. Her retaliation is fierce and unexpected, as she uses a whole arsenal of weapons including knives, axes, nails, anything she finds is used as a way to fight back and the inventive kills in this movie are awesome, from blenders used to sever heads and door traps! The intensity in her face and the determination to survive is what drives the movie.

Sharni Vinson is proper Australian talent and one to watch, I hope the future sees great things for her, I'm already a big fan. Vinson makes the transition from sweet girl to killer seem effortless, and she even manages to squeeze some small chuckles by pulling a straight-face whilst dropping some blunt comments shortly after taking out invaders.

Blood spills in style and the gore is something to behold, I think the neck slicing is a favourite for the writers as throats are slit so frequently. The camerawork is so tightly focused on the characters face you have no idea what is around them making the suspense unbearable. Horror films cannot just rely on empty jump scares, they need tension and a reason to be there, luckily this slasher offers scares and suspense all the time making for sheer entertainment, the conventions of horror are perfectly executed.


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