9. You’re Next
Director: Adam Wingard
Stars: Sharni Vinson, Ti West, Rob Moran, Joe Swanberg, Barbara Crampton, Wendy Glenn, Amy Seimetz, AJ Bowen, Margaret Laney
Release Date: To be determined
Why we’re excited: Every year, the various genre-heavy film festivals held across the world unveil the next big things in horror; in recent years, movies such as The Human Centipede, Inside, and Martyrs came out of nowhere to send horror critics into frantic tizzies, leading to months’ worth of hype and built-up fan anticipation. In 2011, the movie that had that kind of festival premiere impact was You’re Next, and it sounds like a real winner.
Combining dark humor, home invasion intensity, and elaborate slasher movie gore, independent filmmaker Adam Wingard’s buzzing 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 sounds like a blast. Just take a look at those slick feline masks that the killers wear in various promotional images, which bring to mind The Strangers, in the best possible way. Or get a hard-on for gorgeous leading lady Sharni Vinson, who, according to critics, is primed for “iconic final girl in a horror movie” status. She’s already 10 times sexier than Neve Campbell.