Cast: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Barbara Crampton
Director: Adam Wingard
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 95 minutes
Synopsis: A family reunion goes terribly wrong in this fun new slasher film. Barricaded in their secluded vacation home, the Davison family is violently attacked by a gang of masked killers. Unfortunately for the killers, they picked the wrong family to target, as one of their victims proves to have a lethal talent for fighting back.
Release Date: June 7th, 2013
Growing up in isolated parts of the South, I've always had an intense phobia of home invasions. There's a lot of distrust and paranoia living far away from any type of law enforcement, everyone owns guns and isn't afraid to fire first and ask questions later. These fears are not unfounded, I had many friends living in rural communities that had their houses broken into, as a kid I used to lie awake at night wondering what might have happened if they hadn't been away when these robberies occurred, in space no one can hear you scream, that goes the same for living in the country. My first short films as a teenager were actually amateur depictions of that fear, and it's something I've always wanted to properly depict on camera. I knew going into this project that we couldn't simply repeat what people are doing with the genre at the moment.
Our influences from the start have been epic European suspense shockers like Inside, Haute Tension, and American horror thriller The Strangers; movies that delivered on the core basis of horror and entertainment, but also added a stylistic approach not seen before, with an emphasis on beautiful lighting and intelligent performances. I'm sick of lazy horror filmmaking, it's not enough to scatter a few violent set pieces here or there you've got to come at the people with something fresh and if the characters on screen are supposed to be scared then the audience better be feeling empathy for them.
To put it plainly, You're Next is a one of a kind, edge of the seat, non-stop survival/home invasion bloodbath. Once the action kicks in this movie literally never stops to catch its breath and to convey that accurately I'm not pulling any punches. From dramatic slow motion and gliding stedicams to gritty hand held camera work, I want the rapid cutting style to hammer home the danger of this situation and to keep audiences glued to the screen. This film is a rarity in that it manages to juggle interesting characterisations with pretty much wall to wall suspense and action without sacrificing the impact of either.
With my previous film, A Horrible Way to Die, I sought to reinvent the serial killer thriller by focusing on character relationships and their aftermath rather than more traditional thriller elements. Now, with You're Next, my goal is to make a truly original home invasion thriller by subverting genre expectations and introducing elements of action and humour.
Release Date: June 7th, 2013