13 Nights of Halloween: You’re Next
It’s not the things that go bump in that night you have to worry about nor is it the shadows that jump across the room or a supernatural presence. No, it’s the human element you have to watch out for. In this day and age, it’s become common to fear what the person standing next to you is capable of. Maybe your neighbor could be a murderer, or it could be a random stranger passing by. Either way, you could be somebody’s next victim. The true scary nature of You’re Next is that it’s actual people looking to hunt a family down in the middle of a reunion.
There’s no better way to spend time with your family other than enjoying the weekend off in a cabin. The fresh outdoors, warm sunshine, some would-be killers wearing creepy animal masks, what could be better?! This particular film thrives on making you squirm, it wants you to be afraid to even look out the window, to check underneath the bed for ax-wielding psychopaths. And nothing scares me more than knowing there are actual humans who want to harm me. Aside from thriving on fear, the film reintroduces the idea that someone you know is capable of harming you, which is true in some cases.
As for surviving a true horror film, there has to be one person that could withstand the awful nature of bloodshed and violence. Erin (Sharni Vinson) is invited along by her boyfriend to attend his family’s mini-reunion and once the murders begin, her survivalist instinct kicks in. She does what she can to save her boyfriend’s family, concocting unique battle plans to fend off the attackers but not everyone can be as resourceful as her, or willing to do what it takes to survive.
You’re Next is truly terrifying if you’re home alone with the curtains drawn wide open. It could be your brother, your sister, your parents, any single body is capable of murder. And if you’re not cautious, you might be next.