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'You're Next' DVD

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I've been excited to see "You're Next" ever since reading about it what seems like over a year ago. Sometimes it takes indie genre films a while to find the right distributor and studio that will give it a chance. "Everybody Loves Mandy Lane" is an extreme example of the long time it can take for a movie to make it from festival to Blu-ray and DVD release. I can honestly say that the wait for this home invasion/slasher/horror mutation was worth the wait.

Crispian (AJ Bowen) and his fiancee, Erin (Sharni Vinson), travel to his family's rural Missouri vacation house to celebrate the anniversary of his mother (Barbara Crampton) and father (Rob Moran). His brothers (Nicholas Tucci and Joe Swanberg) and sister (Amy Seimetz) join them at the secluded mansion for the festivities. As the dysfunctional bunch sit down for a nice dinner, they are brutally attacked by a trio of armed killers. The group must now find a way to survive and fight for their lives as the masked murderers attempt to pick them off one by one.

Although "You're Next" isn't perfect or the most original film to be released, it does its job as a thriller and slasher piece. There are some nice twists and turns in the plot, even if you see them heading at you. I compare it to riding a rollercoaster for the third time, but still being excited and taken aback when you hit that familiar loop you know is coming.

The DVD version of "You're Next" includes some bonus material. Audio commentary is provided by Director Adam Wingard, Writer Simon Barrett and actors Sharni Vinson and Barbara Crampton. There's also a featurette entitled "No Ordinary Home Invasion: The Making of 'You're Next'" and a theatrical trailer.

"You're Next" is rated R for strong bloody violence, language, and some sensuality/nudity. A lot of blood is shed as you would imagine. The nudity is brief and just at the beginning of the film. It's completely unnecessary as usual and adds nothing to the big picture.

There's really no message or lesson to be found in "You're Next." I guess you can stretch and say it warns not to trust anyone. It might also encourage some to take a survivalist class to learn how to live in the wild and be prepared for anything. Aside from that, it's just a gory and gruesome thrill ride.

"You're Next" will excite fans of home invasion films like "The Strangers," "Cherry Tree Lane," and even "The Purge." I consider it to be highly recommendable to genre enthusiasts. One bonus offered by the movie is the chance to see the director of the lame "The House of the Devil" flick, Ti West, die a horrible death. That's worth the price of admission alone.

"You're Next" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.

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