WINNER: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Fantastic Fest
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2011
Official Selection, SXSW 2013
Official Selection, Gérardmer Film Festival 2013
“One of the scariest horror films to come out in years” – Eric Eisenberg, CINEMA BLEND
“An enormously entertaining film. The best American horror picture of the year, period.” – Todd Brown, TWITCH
Family reunions can be murder. Some more literally than others. For the neurotic, bickering Davison family, get-togethers in their remote country house are never fully happenings to be looked forward to. Tonight will be the worst one yet. For most, it will be the worst they will ever live to experience. For, you see, the Davison family reunion is about to be crashed by a trio of ax-wielding murderers wearing animal masks.
A riveting home-invasion horror blitzkrieg that’s become one of the most breathlessly raved-about genre films in years, YOU’RE NEXT charges at you smashing, slashing and flabbergasting with the vividness of a waking nightmare. At once eloquently character-driven and theatrically electrifying, this is intricately designed, edge-of-your-seat filmmaking of the highest order. It also happens to be a wickedly funny film, streams of black humour flowing as freely as Davison family blood. Director Adam Wingard (A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE, POP SKULL) has been a longstanding member of the Fantasia Family since we world premiered his feature debut, HOME SICK, when the filmmaker was just 19. Since that time, Wingard has emerged as one of the most distinctive indie film voices on the scene, amassing a wealth of awards at A-list festivals across the world. When he and his regular writing partner Simon Barrett work together, inspired things happen (complimenting their arthouse creations, witness the pair’s contributions to the V/H/S films, as well as ABCS OF DEATH). YOU’RE NEXT sees them working with their largest budget to date, and the result is spectacular.
Wingard casts his film with a wealth of our favourite indie film figures, including a string of adored filmmakers and key members of his repertory collaborators: HOUSE OF THE DEVIL director Ti West, mumblecore maverick Joe Swanberg (see him turn the tables and direct Wingard and Barrett in 24 EXPOSURES, world-premiering at Fantasia this year), beloved Stuart Gordon vet Barbara Crampton (RE-ANIMATOR), A.J. Bowen (THE SIGNAL), Amy Seimetz (UPSTREAM COLOR), Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER)… Everyone is a joy to watch, their off-screen friendships informing their on-screen chemistry in hugely endearing ways.
Superhumanly entertaining. Unbearably suspenseful. Smart. Scary. Intense. Funny. Surprising. You couldn’t ask for a better film than this see with a giant, responsive audience and that’s why you need to beg, cheat or steal to see it here.
— Mitch Davis