Monday, September 12, 2011

TIFF 2011: The Women of "You're Next" Midnight Madness World Premiere

I'll be shunned by my festival friends when I admit this, but the one film that I've been most anticipating at this year's festival was You're Next.  What can I say...I have a soft spot for an axe-wielding killer wearing a sheep mask.

Produced by the guys responsible for last year's TIFF sleeper, A Horrible Way to Die, writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard successfully breathe new life to the slasher genre.

Deep in cottage country, when a family and their partners sit down for dinner, a series of deadly arrows come crashing through the windows, killing one of the guests.  After panic ensues and the family scrambles to take cover, the family daughter gets her head nearly severed and the mother (played wonderfully by Re-Animator's Barbara Crampton) gets sliced and diced in bed.  More family members get offed viciously and it becomes very apparent that there are killers both in and out of the house.  But there's one saviour: Erin (Sharni Vinson) -- the middle son's new girlfriend, who just happens to be the daughter of a survivalist dad.  She's not going down without a fight.

You wouldn't think from the description that You're Next is a hilarious film that pokes fun at the horror genre, but that's precisely what it does.  Director Adam Wingard shared with the Midnight Madness crowd that his inspiration for the film was the opening death scene of Scream, and like that film, You're Next is laced with physical comedy (one of the killers has a Wile E. Coyote moment when he thinks he's going to avoid a nail to the foot) and funny dialogue (Dad yells: "who's the fastest runner?" Competitive oldest son: "I am, but I got an arrow in my back!"). 

There's a lot of buzz about You're Next at the festival so it's very likely to find a buyer, and that's good news for horror fans because it's a must-see.

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