Feel free to skip 'You're Next'
Published on -8/27/2013, 6:27 AM
Some things were just not made to go together -- chili on a hot day, dinosaurs and asteroids, and me and horror films. As such, I am confident in my assertion I am not a fair reviewer when it comes to the horror genre. Nevertheless, here we are.
"You're Next" is a 2011 film that originally debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival that now is getting a wider release. As far as horror films go, I can see how "You're Next" could get some praise. Much like reading music, I can see how it's done, but that doesn't mean I understand a lick of it.
This 90-minute waste of time centers around a family reunion at a secluded home and the animal mask wearing hunters who are not there to hunt animals. In my experience, every new horror film is sold on one, and precisely one, new element. This slasher film is no different from any other slasher film I've ever had the misfortune of spending my time on -- except, in this one, the killers wear animal masks.
In June's "The Purge," the one new element was the "all crime is legal for 12 hours" gimmick. I didn't enjoy either film, but at least "The Purge" attempted to introduce a new concept instead of just a new murderer mask.
It's human nature to be more critical of that which is most important to you. A devout person frequently will judge others by their choice and commitment to religion, an athlete typically will measure another by their physical abilities.
My specialty -- or bias, depending on which side of the coin you're looking at -- is logical consistency. Has this been thought through? Why do people or characters do what they do, and is that consistent with the information at hand? That's my worldview. The movies, individuals, policies or ideas that either don't understand or don't value that concept are often on the receiving end of my befuddlement and ire.
James Gerstner works at Fort Hays State University Foundation. firstname.lastname@example.org