When it debuted as a Midnight Madness selection at Toronto way back in 2011, “You’re Next” won a slew of heavily dedicated fans and some significant praise, that only escalated when it was subsequently shelved for a year. While the film may not be anything overly groundbreaking (you can read our positive review from Toronto here, and it currently holds a B+ on Criticwire), the first trailer definitely looks effectively chilling, while still maintaining a certain level of fun that some genre efforts (say, the revamp of “Evil Dead”) were perhaps lacking.
Starring Sharni Vinson and a whole host of indie auteurs, from horror director Ti West to Joe Swanberg and Amy Seimetz, the film is part of the recent trendy convergence of so-called “mumblecore” and horror filmmakers best demonstrated in “V/H/S,” a film of which pretty much everyone involved in “You’re Next” is an alum. Directed by horror vet Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett (“A Horrible Way to Die,” “Autoerotic”), the film follows a family gathering hosted by the parents (Rob Moran and Aubrey Davidson) that quickly turns into a bloodbath as the family is hunted by mysterious predators in animal masks.
The new trailer is below, and focuses more on the film’s terrifying, tense side than it’s comedic one, but it’s expertly crafted with an inspired and chilling use of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.”