Clever, violent, and funny, this film is what Midnight Madness is all about.
Saturday, September 10, 11:59 p.m.
Ryerson (43 Gerrard Street East)
Monday, September 12, 6:30 p.m.
AMC 7 (10 Dundas Street East)
Friday, September 16, 4 p.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 (350 King Street West)
Killing off semi-clothed females is nothing new for slasher films. But killing them off in over-sized denim jean shirts and striped knee socks while they’re listening to Dwight Tilley isn’t the norm. While seemingly a glib observation, the style of our first victim sets the tone for Adam Wingard’s You’re Next. The follow-up to his mumblecore horror film A Terrible Way To Die, the first kill of You’re Next indicates that Wingard is staying closer to these roots rather than eschewing them for a more stylized blood and boobs–type film. Loaded with homage after homage to classic horror films of yore, Wingard still manages to bring something fresh to the genre. If only in the form of a blender as an instrument of death.
A tense family reunion quickly turns into an actual nightmare when masked men start picking off members one by one in their isolated country mansion. One of them, however, knows how to fight back. Genuinely terrifying for the first half, You’re Next eventually begins to revel in the inherent ridiculousness of the horror genre. But unlike other horror spoofs, You’re Next maintains a cleverness and underlying cynicism (not to mention extreme violence) that keeps the film in the realm of the seriously diabolical.
Poking fun at indie filmmakers, horror conventions, and WASPs alike, You’re Next is just as funny as it is terrifying. And you’ll never be able to listen to “Looking for the Magic” the same way again.