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'You're Next' is your next obsession

The buzzy horror flick doesn't open until August, but you should start clearing your schedule.

The horror buffs at EW have a new fixation. And it's called You're Next. The darkly comic home-invasion movie is due in theaters Aug. 23, and it's a crazily entertaining riff on films like The Strangers and Michael Haneke's Funny Games. Most of the film's macabre fun derives from the devilish matching of terror tropes — a remote house, masked psychos, etc. — with fully formed, realistically behaving characters. They're the kind you might find in the filmography of prolific indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg (V/H/S), who appears in You're Next as...an indie-film-insulting jerk.

The film recently screened at the SXSW festival in Austin, where it generated a near-ecstatic audience reaction. The positive buzz was particularly encouraging to director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, whose ''bummer'' of a previous effort, 2010's serial-killer drama A Horrible Way to Die, hardly inspired passion among moviegoers. ''Audiences just quietly filed out at the end,'' says Wingard. ''You didn't know if they liked it or were depressed.'' What a difference a new movie makes. ''When we watch You're Next with the audience, I always turn around right before the scares and watch about 75 percent of the theater jump,'' the director says, sounding pleased. ''That's why we did the movie.''

Originally posted Mar 22, 2013 Published in issue #1252 Mar 29, 2013 Order article reprints
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