You're Next (2011) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
Really schitzo reviews on this one. It's like they love it, but then pull back in the end. Curious.Youíre Next brings a whole new meaning to the term '
"dysfunctional family", and it does so in a brutal yet darkly humorous way. The film hooks horror aficionados in early on as it successfully builds tension with a slasher-friendly opening prologue, a looping song playing on a CD player and the sense of impending doom for each of its protagonists. The eerie setting of the country home siege is amplified with a John Carpenter-inspired score and unsettling and creative kills that will make gorehounds applaud with joy.
On the other hand, those that are expecting a terrifying experience like The Strangers (an obvious inspiration for the film) will be sorely disappointed because once the calculated yet foreseeable twist comes into play, the film loses its frightening edge and fails to break new ground in the sub-genre like its trailer and synopsis alluded to.
Thatís not to say the film loses its bloodlust intensity for Youíre Next never loses its ability to entertain and excite, and that is largely due to newcomer Sharni Vinsonís strong and likable performance as the anti damsel in distress. Last seen horrifying audiences in Step Up 3D, Vinson brings another horrifying performance (for all the right reasons, mind you) and kicks some serious ass as Erin, a final girl with the Linda Hamilton attitude.
Overall Youíre Next may not be the slasher film of the decade that will change the tone of horror, but it still provides a clever spin to the home invasion sub-genre.
Watch: Trailer For Rebecca Hall Chiller 'The Awakening' Looks Like Spooky Fun
Rebecca Hall stars as Florence Cathcart, an author and professional ghost debunker in post-World War One London, who’s approached by a teacher (Dominic West) at a boy’s boarding school, who believes his charges are being tormented by an honest-to-god ghost. Florence packs her scientific kit and seemingly finds a rational explanation, but soon finds her skepticism challenged.
The film, which comes from first-time feature director Nick Murphy (TV’s “Occupation”), picked up some very good reviews when it premiered in Toronto this week, and we can see why from the clip; it might not be breaking new ground in any way, but it looks properly creepy, extremely handsome (thanks to lensing by “A Single Man” DoP Eduard Grau), and good fun. And, thanks to a top-notch cast who seem to be enjoying a trip into some solid genre material (Imelda Staunton and Joseph Mawle are also involved), it looks to have a little more substance than most films of its ilk. A British “The Orphanage”? Let’s hope so.
read about 10 reviews of that one that were...'not-so-good'. Not scary was the main complaint. Will look for a few to post up.
but did they think the characters were well developed?
THE AWAKENING Review
Bloody Disgusting Horror - "The Awakening" Movie Info, Review, Headlines, GalleryIf The Awakening had simply painted a rapturous, thrilling ghost story, it would have been fine since we rarely get films in this genre. But Murphy and co-writer Stephen Volk bring the sadness of loss into the proceedings. Everyone in the film has a secret that weighs heavily on their soul. The war and the pandemic have caused survivor’s guilt on a massive scale as everyone questions why they lived while their loved ones perished. Cathcart has lost the man she loved, Mallory (West) has lost his brothers in arms, and Hill has also lost someone although we don’t know who. They’re all hiding pain and they’re all struggling to find a way to deal with death. It’s the familiar subtext of the ghost story in finest form, and the cast brings the supernatural atmosphere to a human level.
The film glides through most of its story but gets a little flat-footed at the end. Murphy doesn’t want to write off science but he also doesn’t want to lose the paranormal aspect so he blends the two with uneven results. However, the confidence of the resolution carries it past the clunky writing and the ending is almost secondary to all the scares and twists that came before. The Awakening is for those who loved The Devil’s Backbone and The Others. It’s for those who want to be transported out of our time and into a sumptuous and haunting place on the hazy line between life and death.
Here's a few...the 2nd is more critical than the first.The strongest attribute of the film is the scope and stunning cinematography, both of which combine to make a surprisingly good-looking period piece. Unfortunately, the screenplay by Murphy and Stephen Volk is another in a long line of ghost stories that end with a whimper.
Not only is the film's twist incredibly lame, but the entire third act is an epilogue. They even go as far as to show the audience everything explained as if they couldn't figure it out on their own. Even worse, the twist itself, when explained, negates ALL scares and even makes the red herring laughable (they kill the dude, bury him, and it's a complete afterthought). To give you a clue, the big reveal is 12 years too late.
Even the strong performances by Hall and West can't overcome the dramatic finale that bloated with exposition and ZERO scares. If anything, The Awakening is an atmospheric period dramatic thriller that shouldn't be sold as a horror film.
Score: 6 / 10
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First one was pretty decent, mostly because Hall is an old school make up fx artist. Actually looking forward to this one.
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE) Review
The second half of the film deals with Martin actually building his Centipede: he’s got a warehouse all to himself, twelve people, a suitcase full of rusty tools, and what seems like a whole bunch of privacy (no one ever “drops by” to see what all that screaming’s about). It’s here that Six unleashes Centipede 2’s most horrific sequences, and—throughout it all—you can almost hear him cackling behind the camera, “They thought the first one was funny? Let’s see them laugh at this!”
Believe it or not, some people complained that the first Human Centipede wasn’t “dark” enough, that it didn’t see its premise through to its most graphic conclusion. For anyone who made that argument, there is The Human Centipede 2, which features—among other things—a baby being born inside a car and immediately crushed against a gas pedal by its mother’s foot, the aforementioned graphic rape sequence, the most brutal tooth-destruction scene ever caught on camera (OldBoy who?), knee-tendons being slashed willy-nilly, and the creative application of a staplegun. The first Centipede didn’t show us how the Centipede was created (not onscreen, not during the “surgery”), but Centipede 2 will give you all of that and more.
And that, my friends, is the reason that The Human Centipede 2 exists. It’s not that it “doesn’t have a plot” or that it “has no point”: it’s that the point of the whole thing is to rub your face in the graphic violence that some people claimed they wanted in the first Centipede. It challenges the fans of the first film to stick up for it while giving the people who complained about the first film’s lack of gore precisely what they thought they wanted (and gives them so much of it, they couldn’t possibly walk away pleased).
Now, I don’t know if Tom Six is clever enough to have responded to critics of the first film by giving them exactly what they claimed they wanted (it’s entirely possible that he simply tried to outdo himself here), but—judging by the quality of the first film—I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Tom Six has delivered something truly disturbing here, something completely amoral, something that people are going to talk about for a long time. I can’t tell you that The Human Centipede 2 is a “good” movie, but I will begrudgingly