‘You’re Next’ Trailer: Home Invasion is Bloody Fun

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 29th, 2013 at 10:47 am,

Good news for gorehounds: the trailer for You’re Next, the fourth feature-length film from horror director Adam Wingard (2012’s horror anthology V/H/S) has hit the web – and it’s a good sell. After spending the last couple of years in a holding pattern, possibly due to Lionsgate’s acquisition of Summit Entertainment earlier this decade, the highly-touted home invasion flick is finally arriving in theaters this summer – and judging by the teaser footage (featuring the musical stylings of Lou Reed), it’ll be worth the wait.

Following in the sub-genre traditions set by films like The Strangers, Wait Until Dark, High Tension, and Funny Games, You’re Next depicts the events that unfold when the Davidson family reunion is interrupted by a gang of masked killers wielding axes and crossbows. As the group brutally hunts down every person in attendance one by one and the body count starts stacking up, they run into opposition in the form of Erin (Sharni Vinson), the girlfriend of one of the Davidson family members who possesses a secret knack for violence herself.

If there’s anything standing in the way of success for You’re Next, it’s the burden of hype. Wingard’s film has been in release purgatory for a long time, but it’s been making the festival rounds at TIFF ’11 and this year’s SXSW extravaganza – and received high uniform praise from audiences at both. That’s encouraging, of course – clearly the film wasn’t shelved for reasons of quality. But too much advance hype can be crippling for DIY indie horror movies like You’re Next, so hopefully its patrons aren’t undercutting the film’s prospects with unreasonably high expectations.

 Youre Next Trailer: Home Invasion is Bloody Fun

That said, after observing Wingard’s contribution to V/H/S – the framing wraparound device holding the entire exercise together – it seems like there’s nowhere for him to go but up (read our full V/H/S review). Granted, he was burdened with the most thankless responsibility on that production, and didn’t have much opportunity to establish his cinematic identity throughout its running time, but he also failed to find much of an audience with his previous standalone effort, A Horrible Way to Die – which met with an uneven reception in its 2011 theatrical run.

But with all of the positive early word of mouth You’re Next is enjoying, it seems like Wingard’s finally poised to break out as a bona fide voice in horror filmmaking. We’ll see come August if his film is the real deal.

You’re Next hits theaters August 23rd, 2013

Follow Andy Crump on Twitter @agracru
Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. was a fan of the strangers. this looks better. the soundtrack def adds a nice creep factor.

  2. Great trailer. The music was perfect and the tone was creepy as hell.
    Sadly, unless the studio intends a major release I won’t get to see this until it hits home video. We don’t get many indie films around these parts. :(

  3. looking forward to it.

  4. They should have a movie of if something like that would happen to a gathering of my friends and I. Yah, that’ll be hilarious. They will think they are hunting us, then we will hunt them. I think I will have my typical Springfield Custom 1911 Operator .45 ACP with 2 extra mags, and I’ll go ahead and grab my 12-gauge Remington 870 shotgun with ghost-ring sights and knoxx adjustable butt-stock, and my Smith & Wesson 642 snub-nose revolver as my pocket/backup gun. My friend will have his Springfield XD-M .45ACP, he’ll probably grab his M1A or his new custom build (by me, lol) 5.56mm AR15, and most likely a machete, lol. My other friend will have his Glock 23 in .40 and his custom Bushmaster AR15. And pretty much most of my other friends will be just as well armed. These clowns will be f**ked big time…

    • On second thought, I might grab a .22 just to have a little more fun with them. Shoot them in the legs, arms, random other places. It’ll be like killing them slowly with paper cuts, lol. 😀

  5. Plot twist! They really are farm animals under the masks.

    • …that would be amazing.

  6. Would it be possible to stop all those trailers from autoplaying every time we open the respective news item to check back on some comments? It’s a waste of bandwidth and the audio is really annoying when you open several tabs. Thank you. 😉

  7. Looks like a family member that didn’t get invited to the ‘perfect’ family party…you know who you are. Every family has one…

  8. I read an article about “Films to look out for in 2013″ and this was their number one. Glad to finally see the trailer, it looks great. Aside from the obvious comparison to “The Strangers” it feels a little bit like “Kill List” to me. Color me excited.

    • Kill List, huh? I don’t know if I pick up on that vibe but I’d be thrilled if elements from that film wound up making their way here- Kill List remains one of 2012’s best horror releases. (Technically 2011, but it didn’t arrive in Boston until 2012, so…)

      • There is nothing specific I can point out that parallels kill list except for the cultish vibe of the antagonists. Something about the way it was shot, and just the general feel of the film I guess.

  9. Ok, so it’s Strangers 2 and the hero is the chick that has little to do with the family. Cliche. done, done and re-done, ad nauseum. Is it too much to ask to have a MALE hero in these horror movies every once in a while? Shoot has there even been a horror-movie-male-hero since Ridley Scott revolutionized the genre with Alien?