What do we expect when we see these films? We know everybody’s going to die except the hero (which is usually a woman). So what do we want? To count the ways you can kill a person? Haven’t Jason/Michael Myers/Freddy/Leatherface and all their legions done it already? To wait for the revelation? I mean, after “Saw” you’re looking for a good reason why?
I don’t want to say that sitting and watching the news about killings with motive in Aurora , Wako or many other places is any better. What I’m saying is that we are dropping reasoning and paying to watch dog-fights. The act of killing is entertainment at its best, not that this is a rude awakening, since this is an already known truism explored in the “in your face” Michael Haneke’s film “Funny Games”. The truth is: these films bring back revenue, reducing the risks of more uncommon and demanding films. They are easy to swallow and, as a hamburguer, they satisfy the instant needs to get more of the same. They’re like a drug: you sit in a dark room with hundred other people, disconnect your brain and let yourself go. After all, they respond to the typical mass comment “I want to see something entertaining, something where I don’t have to think much”. Well, you got it!
The “Agatha Christie” structure of 10 characters that gather for a celebration, throwing a little warning at the beginning is enough to build a 90-minute simplistic film, sold to the tune of all the “Saws” and all the “I know what you did last summers”. I believe they spent more time searching for an appropriate title than in developing the story, and came up with the obvious moneymaker “You’re Next”. I’m just waiting for next year’s new film simply called “Slasher” or “Gore”.
What surprises me most is that critics are giving it good reviews, on the grounds of the double twist (one right in the middle, and one right at the end). The twist, if you ask me, is absolutely retarded. I mean, if you had a Boss and he was a millionaire and you were broke and you were spending a weekend together in the woods, and you have an ax…what would you do? Well, I guess we’re not all killers, but one or two bad thoughts would cross our mind when we dream of a better world sustained by today’s immoral morality.
I really don’t understand what moves critics to recommend something like this. Do they actually see the films? Or just read the pamphlet they are given at press screenings and then go to the next screening? This reminds me of “The Conjuring”. Most critics praised the film because James Wan was downplaying his usual gory style. That’s not a reason to recommend a movie? It’s like the old joke where the man that’s going bald grows his mustache for the first time so that people will not pay attention to his going bald.
By the way, as I was watching the film, seeing these killers wearing “animal” masks, I felt, for a moment, that the twist was “animal” activists hunting humans. Missed opportunity. They’re wearing masks just because.
This film wastes 90 minutes of your life. Seize the day.