21. You're Next
Director: Adam Wingard
Stars: Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, Nicholas Tucci, Barbara Cramtpon, Rob Moran, Ti West, Margaret Laney, Wendy Glenn
Release Date: August 23
Every year, the genre-heavy film festivals held across the world unveil the next big things in horror. Way back in 2011, the movie that had that kind of premiere impact was You’re Next, and since then, it's been at the top of horror fans' must-see lists. Questions of whether it'd ever get a release date or not were answered late last year when an August slot was announced by Lionsgate.
Now, the whole world will finally see if all of the hype is justified. At SXSW in March, we found You're Next to be impressively solid. Combining dark humor, home invasion intensity, and elaborate slasher movie gore, independent director Adam Wingard’s heavily buzzed about flick has bloggers and horror’s talking heads tossing out hyperbole to the tune of “it’s the new Scream!”
Whether it’s as revolutionary as Wes Craven’s tongue-in-cheek 1996 smash or not, though, shouldn’t be of anyone’s concern—You’re Next is just an unpretentious blast. Take a look at those slick feline masks that the killers wear in the image above, which bring to mind The Strangers, in the best possible way. Or get excited about gorgeous leading lady Sharni Vinson, who, according to critics, is primed for “iconic final girl in a horror movie” status.