2.5 stars. Watching this was needful at the end of Mubi's Bergman season. If I had known it was set around Halloween with attendant decorations I would have watched it sooner. I preferred the first half when I could pretend it was a 1940s melodrama. The mannered acting was pleasingly of-a-piece with the aesthetic. A sexy and goofy piece of cinematic malarky in which Dan Stevens was very hot.
Flawed screenplay with forced actions, unnatural decisions and pacing problems, but it's a pure joy to look at it and to hear it. Cinematography and music mirrors Nicolas Wending Refin's finest moments, while the action scenes and main antagonist deliver exploitation entertainment. Despite all its flaws, it could end up as a future cult classic.
Sur la traditionnelle thématique de la "home invasion", une œuvre plutôt plaisante, fortement ripolinée, avec le charismatique Dan Stevens en "guest star", que l'on peu accepter comme telle, pourvu que l'on parvienne à faire fi des évidentes lourdeurs et autres flagrantes invraisemblances inhérentes à ce jour de production... www.cinefiches.com
"Blood-soaked action trash of a high grade, on a low budget that embraces various stylistic choices [which] underline the pic’s 1970s grindhouse and ’80s direct-to-VHS lineage. Downton Abbey’s Stevens knocks a showy, 100% ‘Murrican role out of the park. There’s never any doubt that his David is one bat-crazy lethal weapon, as well as one sexy MF." - Dennis Harvey, Variety. 3.5 stars
A stylish and cheerfully ridiculous throwback to early 90's thrillers like Bad Influence, Unlawful Entry and Single White Female. Dan Stevens gives a star making performance as the manipulative, wild-eyed psychotic David. We are in immediate sympathy with Maika Monroe's character which she brings her usual thoughtful vulnerability and strength to. Wingard delivers genre thrills with knowing delight and cheeky elan.
i thought it started out pretty dang strong! then it went downhill bit by bit until the gratuitous and self-aware ending sequence kicked it back up for a smooth finish. dan stevens did a great job as the lead, and the soundtrack really set the tone (and the right one, at that) for the film.
Went into this with expectations that were wildly off. I read that some people compare Mr. Wingard as having some carpenter vibes and after watching you're next i came into this thinking it was going to be a horror movie. Visually it's nothing to write home about except for the last 10 minutes. It definitely plays up the cheese factor a lot. The music is pretty nice throwback 80's synth tho.
My favorite line was "Bring a knife to school. If they take it off you and beat you up, you go around their houses at night and burn them down with their families inside. What's the worst they can do?" Always good advice. The soundtrack sounded like it was from a bad porno movie from the 80's. What is up with the retro muzak?