You're Next Home Invasion slasher
Simon Barrett is a very talented but wildly inconsistent screenwriter, and Adam Wingard being his equilent from a director perspective. Get him on a bad day you have 'the temple' and 'Blair witch 2016', but on a good day you have the likes of 'The Guest', 'V.H.S.', and in this case: 'You're next'.
It's a simple, well trodden premise. A family reunion is disrupted by excuse #105: a group of masked men want to break in and kill everyone in your isolated home. The conventional fight for survival save for a single fact that breaths an entire O2 canister of life into the set up.
'What would happen if the killers weren't the best ones in the equation at killing?' That's not to say that the killers are incompetent; just that our protagonist of choice for the night, played by Home and away(yeah, that meme)'s Sharni Vinson, doesn't make the contrived choices that see many a slasher movie character get axed in the kisser.
As the bodies start piling the situation revolves into a battle moreso than devolving into a hunt; making it a sharp blade in a sea of dull machetes. Other than that, the effects are good and the cinematography tidy. It's not the best the duo have made, as I believe The Guest has that honour, but You're next stands proud at the door covered in blood with an axe.
7/10; that's an interesting way to use a blender
From beyond Camp horror
All right motherfuckers what we got here today is fucking ‘From Beyond’, not to be confused with the re-animator, as this has more pink and slightly less necrophilia involving Barbara Crampton. It’s based off a lovecraft story but in skeleton concept alone, it really does its own thing. It’s the definition of a camp horror movie. Characters play whacky material completely straight and the results are utterly glorious.
Watch with a group, but this has one of the most uncomfortable ‘Is this turning into porn’ you’ll ever see, so make sure none of them are members of your family. Not all practical hit the mark, one in particular is particularly bad towards the end, and the CGI sucks, but most of the practical effects. But the last effect of the movie will make you cringe, involving a broken bone.
Jeffrey Combs is as expected, an over the top scientist that left reason and sanity three stations ago. Barbara Crampton is the true star here though, I recall about five different versions of her character in this movie she had to play and sometimes a scene demanded all of them.
Only thing I have to say about the cinematography is that it was neat that the house/mansion it was set in was just a miniature as they approach. Took me nearly the whole movie to even be suspicious about it. I’m sure if I dig deeper I’ll find other examples of great ingenuity but that’s all I know thus far. Considering the budget vs the quality of effect, I’m sure there’s more where that came from.