You’re Next is an energetic, fun, somewhat smarter than average slasher horror film with delightfully dark humor in the vein of the Evil Dead films. It’s one of those movies that you’ll want to see in a theater with a great audience.

In You’re Next, the Davison family is attacked by home invaders during a family reunion celebrating the 35th anniversary of the clan’s matriarch and patriarch. We’re first introduced to one of the sons, Crispian (AJ Bowen) and his new girlfriend, Erin (Sharni Vinson) on their way to his family’s enormous manor. During the exposition, we learn that Crispian comes from wealth and that he’s not looking forward to what he expects will be a tense family gathering. Erin takes it all in stride, even when he subtly warns her that things might get weird.

As the rest of the family arrives, we meet Crispian’s douchey, older brother, Drake, his pampered younger sister, Aimee and his nondescript brother, Felix. Each sibling arrives with their respective romantic interests. When one of them is shot dead with an arrow during the big family dinner, it quickly becomes clear that those stalking the house intend to take the family down one-by-one. The carnage that follows is a sight to behold.

You’re Next keeps it fun and fresh by diverging just enough from the entirely cliche reliance on characters making horribly unintelligent decisions. The pacing is right on and it maintains the suspense by not lingering too long on the death of any character. The film weaves in enough over-the-top, dark humor to relieve the tension as it sets up the next attack. It is this that keeps the film feeling balanced. If you want to see what is probably one of the smarter slasher flicks of the year, You’re Next should be on your list.

The rest of this review is going to be spoiler heavy and you may want to come back once you’ve seen the film.

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