You're Next

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You're Next is a 2013 American horror film directed and edited by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett. The film had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness program.

The film was released on August 23, 2013 in the United States.


The film opens with a couple engaging in sex. Afterwards, the man showers while the woman goes to get herself a drink. After his shower, he discovers "You're Next" written in blood on the sliding glass doors; behind them is the woman's dead body. He is then killed by an unknown assailant.

A wealthy family go to their remote vacation house. The mother, Aubrey (Barbara Crampton), claims she hears something upstairs and wants to leave. Ignoring her warning, Paul (Rob Moran) goes to investigate, but is startled by his son Crispian (A.J Bowen).

The next day, the family's other siblings arrive. Aubrey sends Erin (Sharni Vinson) over to the neighbors' house to ask for some items she needs, but they do not answer since they were killed the night before.

That night, at dinner, the family gathering quickly turns deadly when Tariq (Ti West) is shot with a bolt through a window. In the process of escaping the room, Drake (Joe Swanberg) is shot in the back with a bolt and passes out from the pain. The daughter of the group, Aimee (Amy Seimetz), attempts to escape the house. She is quickly killed after running into a trip wire strung outside the front door, cutting her throat.

Aubrey, upset from the death of her daughter, goes upstairs to her bedroom to grieve, but is murdered by an assailant under the bed. Hearing her scream, the family runs upstairs to find her corpse. On the wall, written in blood, are the words "You're Next". Staying in the room, Kelly (Margaret Laney) finds the killer still under the bed and runs to the neighbors' house, where she discovers the body of the man from the opening. She is then killed with an axe to the head.

Believing the killers have left, Crispian flees the house. Erin is attacked but kills her assailant with a meat tenderizer to the head. Paul discovers upstairs that the killers had been in the house before the family arrived, but he is murdered while trying to warn his kids. It is then revealed that his son Felix (Nicholas Tucci) and his girlfriend, Zee (Wendy Glenn), are in on the murders, hoping to inherit the family's fortune.

Erin sets up small traps around the house hoping to catch the killers. She confides to Zee that she was raised by survivalists, a secret she kept hidden even from Crispian. Drake awakens and is almost killed, but Erin saves him, and the killer flees. Believing there should be weapons in the basement, Erin goes down with Drake, Zee, and Felix.

Erin and Zee leave the basement, leaving Felix and Drake alone. Felix kills Drake by impaling him with screwdrivers. Erin goes upstairs to try and find Paul and she is attacked by one of the killers, but manages to escape. She runs into the woods and is attacked again, but makes it back to the house. Once inside, she overhears a conversation between Felix, Zee, and two others, discovering their involvement. Her phone goes off, giving away her hiding spot, but also alerting her that her previous 911 text was received.

Erin kills the final two masked attackers, and sets up another trap with an axe above the front door. Erin is attacked by Felix and Zee, and she kills them after a long fight in the kitchen. Felix's phone rings and Erin answers without revealing her identity. Crispian is on the other line, revealing his involvement in the plot to kill the family. Crispian returns to the house and tries to explain his actions, but Erin kills him with a knife to the neck and eye.

A policeman arrives and upon seeing Erin stab Crispian, shoots her in the shoulder. He calls for backup and goes into the house. However, he enters through the booby-trapped front door despite Erin's attempts to warn him. As the axe hurtles towards his face, the film smash cuts to the end credits with the words "YOU'RE NEXT" written in blood.


  • Sharni Vinson as Erin
  • Nicholas Tucci as Felix Davison
  • Wendy Glenn as Zee
  • A. J. Bowen as Crispian Davison
  • Joe Swanberg as Drake Davison
  • Barbara Crampton as Aubrey Davison
  • Rob Moran as Paul Davison
  • Margaret Laney as Kelly
  • Amy Seimetz as Aimee Davison
  • Ti West as Tariq
  • Simon Barrett as Tiger Masked Figure
  • L.C. Holt as Lamb Masked Figure
  • Lane Hughes as Fox Masked Figure


You're Next debuted on September 10, 2011 at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and opened at other film festivals later.

Region Release date Festival
Canada Toronto International Film Festival
United States Fantastic Fest
France National Release
On September 21, 2011, Lionsgate announced that it had acquired American, British, and Canadian distribution rights to the film.

The film was part of the competition during the 20th edition of the international festival of fantastic movies at Gerardmer (France) in February 2013, and it won the Syfy prize of the event.


You're Next has received generally positive reviews from film critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 80% based on 92 reviews, with an average score of 6.7 out of 10. The site's consensus states, "You're Next's energetic and effective mix of brutal gore and pitch black humor will please horror buffs and beyond". The film maintains a rating of 67 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews". After the initial showing at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, the film was praised by critics and horror fans alike, saying that "You're Next" refreshed the horror genre with its dark tone and comedy.

R. Kurt Osenlud of Slant Magazine gave the film 4 stars, stating the film "brazenly merges the home-invasion thriller with the dysfunctional family dramedy". Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York called the film "solidly satisfying" and a "minor triumph", although commented the film was generally unoriginal. Matt Glasby of Total Film called the film "funny and tense, rather than hilarious and terrifying", and complimented the film for being a "good" horror-comedy. Barbara VanDenburgh of Arizona Republic gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, stating the film was not "very scary" and that its "budget for red food coloring was no doubt higher than the one for script doctoring", although complimented the film's score and "gruesome" conclusion. Mark Jenkins of Washington Post called the film "entertaining" and motivated, however stated the plot twist was not clever. Liam Lacey for The Globe and Mail gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, describing it as "well-executed" but "rudimentary".

A review from St. Louis Post-Dispatch called the film unoriginal, while Rene Rodriguez for The Miami Harold panned the film, calling it "practically insulting", and dubbed the premise "idiotic". John DeFore said in a review for The Hollywood Reporter that the film's characters were unsympathetic and stated that more humor would have improved the film. Stephen Witty of Portland Oregonian gave the film a C+, agreeing that the film was unoriginal and uninventive, comparing it to The Purge and The Last House on the Left. Scott Bowles of USA Today gave You're Next a negative review, describing it as repetitive and stating that it did not have a purpose.

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