Slasher films were my introduction to horror. The many killings of Jason Voorhees and Chucky scared the shit out of me when I was younger. I watched these alone, since my brother doesn’t enjoy horror films at all, so I was alone on the journey. Now I’m not scared at all at these kind of films. Maybe the first scene from Scream brought back some of the feelings I previously had when watching a slasher, but I find that scene more sad than scary. Anyway, they are enjoyable films, more fun than scary. The same is with the highly anticipated awesomely-titled indie slasher You’re Next. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, that it’s a game changer, a fresh take on this sub genre. I wouldn’t call it a game changer, but it sure had something fresh which made it a lot of fun. Now I know it has many flaws like the wooden acting from some of the actors or the shaky camera work but keep in mind that this is an independent production made with very little money. This is a triumph for the indie horror scene as it grossed a hell of a lot money.
You’re Next plays as a home invasion film, probably one of the scariest kind of horror because of the probability of it happening in real life. The synopsis is simple. A wealthy family, the Davisons, reunites at their vacation home. The parents and their four children with their loved ones join in. At dinner they are attacked by animal masked men armed with crossbows, axes and knives. The main character is Erin, girlfriend of Crispin, one of the Davison children. The twist that makes You’re Next such a different film is that the main character fights back rather than running and screaming for help. I don’t know about you, but I’ve wanted to see that for a long time. In this film, she isn’t a killing machine, she knows a few things about fighting, but doesn’t act like she’s been through this before. What separates her from the other characters in the film is that she is calmer, more in control than the others. She is scared as well but she manages to not let it get her down. It’s a fascinating character to watch. Sharni Vinson who plays Erin does a great job playing what could be one of the most interesting scream queens in the last years. You just can’t not root for her.