This month, I participated in Grim Magazine’s Slasher Madness bracket, where I, obviously, picked You’re Next to win. But, despite making it to the final showdown, it lost by a large margin. That leads me to assume one thing; not enough people have seen it.
I stumbled across this slashic by having my ear to the horror grindstone and it both revitalized my slasher fandom and skyrocketed me into becoming the massive fan of the blogged about, The Guest.
Erin is on her way to her new fiance’s family during their anniversary celebration. The nerves of ‘meeting the parents,’ are taken to new heights when the family finds itself under attack by masked killers.
What this movie does painfully right is take us back to the slasher basics by mixing the right amount of camp and gore into a new story about a ‘cabin in the woods’ massacre. It keeps it simple, doesn’t set out to do anything it can’t accomplish, and therefore leaves the viewer satisfied in the way you were after the seminal slashers of old. Final girls have had such a great boom this decade, and Erin is no exception. Yes, this was written and directed by men, but Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett are great at handling their female leads, something they double down on in The Guest.
Great if you liked: The Guest, The Strangers, Funny Games, A Clockwork Orange, The Purge, Hush, Vacancy, Black Christmas, Halloween, Friday the 13th