IMDb Rating
You're Next
Don't bother locking the doors. Animals don't use doors.
Directed By
Adam Wingard
Produced By
Simon Barrett,
Keith Calder,
Jessica Wu
Written By
Simon Barrett
Sharni Vinson,
AJ Bowen,
Amy Seimetz,
Barbara Crampton,
Wendy Glenn
Music By
Mads Heldtberg
Andrew Palmero
Editing By
Adam Wingard

Distributed By
Release Date(s)
September 10, 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival),
August 23, 2013 (United States)
96 minutes
Flag of the United States United States
> $1,000,000
$18,474,268 (domestic)

You're Next is a 2011 American horror/thriller film written by Simon Barrett, directed by Adam Wingard, and starring Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Barbara Crampton, and Wendy Glenn.

It was first released at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2011. It was later released worldwide on August 23, 2013.

Plot Edit

The film opens with a couple having 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 living room's sliding glass doors, beyond which lies the woman's dead body. He is then killed by the an assailant wearing a lamb mask. In the next scene, a wealthy family is seen going to their remote Missouri vacation house, which happens to be next door to the house in which the couple from the opening scene were brutally murdered. The mother, Aubrey, claims she hears something upstairs and wants to leave. Ignoring her warning, her husband, Paul, goes to investigate, but is startled by one of his sons, Crispian, who has just arrived with his Australian girlfriend, Erin.

The next day, Crispian's other siblings arrive. While cooking, Aubrey sends Erin to go to a nearby house to ask for milk, but there is no response as the two people inside were previously murdered. At dinner that night, family tensions are revealed as Drake, Crispian's older brother, who had previously made fun of Crispian for being weak and fat, then criticizes him for dating Erin, who is his former student and teaching assistant. Crispian's younger brother, Felix, and his girlfriend, Zee, show disinterest in the argument as the other family members attempt to calm the brothers. In the midst of the chaos, the gathering suddenly turns deadly when Tariq, Crispian's younger sister Aimee's boyfriend, is shot in the head with a bolt through a window. In the process of saving his mother, Drake is shot in the back with a bolt and later passes out from the pain, but survives. The family realizes that their phones have no signal, leading Felix to suggest that perhaps the attackers are using a jammer. Aimee attempts to escape the house to get help but is killed after running into a thin wire strung outside the front door at neck level, cutting her throat.

Erin begins to organize the family's defense, shutting all entries, gathering weapons, and sending a text message to the police, hoping that if her phone finds any small signal at some point, that the text will be sent. In the process of gathering weapons, she is attacked through a window by a second assailant wearing a tiger mask, but stabs him in the arm, causing him to retreat. Aubrey lies down in her bedroom to grieve and rest, but is murdered by a third assailant wearing a fox mask, whom was hiding under her bed. Hearing her scream, the surviving family members run upstairs to find her dead body. On the wall, written in blood, are the words "You're Next". Lingering, Drake's wife Kelly discovers that Fox Mask is still under the bed. She escapes and runs to the neighbors' house, where she discovers the dead man's body. She is then butchered with an axe by Lamb Mask.

Having discovered that their cars have been disabled, Crispian flees the property to seek help. Erin is attacked in the house shortly afterward but kills the Tiger Mask assailant with a meat tenderizer to the head. Upstairs, Paul discovers the killers had been hiding in the house before the family arrived, but he is murdered by Fox Mask in front of his youngest son Felix and his girlfriend, Zee. Their restrained reaction to Paul's murder leads to the revelation that Felix hired the masked assailants and planned the murders, hoping to inherit the family's fortune. They go downstairs and tell Erin that Paul is fine and resting upstairs.

Erin and Zee set up nails in wooden board traps near the window, hoping to catch the killers. Erin confides to Zee that she was raised by her paranoid father in a survivalist camp in the Australian outback, which she had not yet told Crispian about. Zee attempted to murder Erin from behind, but stopped when Erin almost saw her. Lamb Mask enters the house, in which he finds Tiger Mask who turns out to be his brother, dead on the floor, angering him. Erin and Drake who awakens are almost killed by Lamb Mask, but Erin saves him by stabbing Lamb Mask in the back, causing the assailant to flee the house. Felix and Drake go to the basement to collect potential weapons. Once alone, Felix kills his brother by impaling him with screwdrivers. Erin goes upstairs to try to find Paul, but finds him dead and is attacked by Fox Mask. She escapes by jumping out of the window, impaling her leg with a shard of glass in the process. She flees into the woods and where Lamb Mask attacks and pursues her, but makes it back to the house.

Lamb Mask tracks her down to the house and sees a wooden nail board trap hastily placed in view under the window, and assumes its safe. He steps down and directly steps on a nail, through his boot and into his foot. Once inside, hiding behind a curtain and bandaging herself, Erin overhears a conversation between Felix, Zee, Lamb Mask and Fox Mask, thus discovering their involvement in the massacre. Her phone rings (Felix having turned off the jammer just before), giving away her hiding spot, but also alerting her that her text to the police was received. The Fox Mask assailant finds her hiding behind the curtains, but she throat punches him and makes her escape. Fox Mask, Zee, and Felix follow her, but Lamb Mask assumes she went into a different part of the house.

When Lamb Mask attempts to enter through the window instead, Erin stabs him in the head with a screwdriver by hiding by one side of the window, killing him. Erin uses Tiger Mask's axe and a brick to make a booby trap for anyone entering the front door but Fox Mask doesn't fall for it and comes in through a window instead. Erin draws Fox Mask into the basement and distracts him with her camera, set to take photos automatically, and she kills him from behind with a wooden log and smashes his head.

With their hired assassins dead, Felix and Zee, armed with a crossbow, enter the house and try to kill Erin themselves in the kitchen. After incapacitating Zee, she forces a glass broken blender on top of Felix's head and turns it on, killing him, and then drives a knife through the top of Zee's skull, killing her. Felix's phone rings and Erin answers without revealing her identity. Crispian is on the other end, and thinking he is speaking to a quiet Felix, he apologizes for fleeing, revealing that he was part of the conspiracy as well. When he returns to the house is then confronted by Erin who reveals to him he is aware of him being part of the conspiracy. He then uses everything he can think of to apologize and explain his actions to get Erin not to kill him. He promises to use the money to pay off her student loans and let her study full-time, and tempts her with millions. He assures her that the killers were not supposed to harm her and leave her as a sole witness with no criminal record. Regardless of his efforts to reason with her, Erin kills him out of anger by stabbing him in the neck and then the eye.

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

Deaths Edit

Name Cause of Death Killer On Screen Notes
Talia Butchered Wolf Mask, Tiger Mask, Lamb Mask No
Erik Butchered with machete Lamb Mask No
Tariq Shot in the head with arrow Lamb Mask, Wolf Mask, Tiger Mask Yes
Aimee Throat slit by thin wire Tiger Mask, Lamb Mask, Wolf Mask Yes
Aubrey Stabbed in face with machete Wolf Mask No
Kelly Punched through glass, stabbed in head with axe, thrown through window Lamb Mask Yes
Tiger Mask Kicked in groin, leg bashed, back of head bashed with meat tenderizer Erin Yes
Paul Throat slit Wolf Mask Yes
Drake Impaled with screwdrivers Felix Yes
Lamb Mask Foot nailed, stabbed in face with knife Erin, Zee Yes Zee's part was unintentional
Wolf Mask Back of head and face bashed with wooden log Erin Yes
Felix Beaten, head blended with broken glass blender Erin Yes
Zee Choked, stabbed in head with knife Erin Yes
Crispian Stabbed in neck and eye Erin Yes
Cop Butchered with axe Erin No Accidental

Cast Edit

  • Sharni Vinson as Erin Harson
  • 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 Davison
  • Amy Seimetz as Aimee Davison
  • Ti West as Tariq
  • Lane Hughes as Fox Masked Assailant
  • L.C. Holt as Lamb Masked Assailant
  • Simon Barrett as Tiger Masked Assailant
  • Larry Fessenden as Erik Harson
  • Kate Lyn Sheil as Talia
  • Calvin Reeder as Officer Trubiano


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