: This star-free home-invasion horror movie was made a couple of years ago, picked up for distribution by Lionsgate, and promptly stayed on the shelf for almost two years as the company searched for the right way to release it. The timing of horror-movie releases must be a far more complex algorithm than I can understand; here I am, thinking that if you have one, you put it out in January, late August, or October; failing that, uh, pretty much any other month besides December will probably do (there was some received wisdom that horror couldn't perform in the summer with so much competition for young eyeballs, but The Purge
and The Conjuring
did prime horror business off of high-competition release dates this year). Then again, nothing seems to terrify studios more than a horror movie with positive reviews, and You're Next
garnered an enthusiastic enough response at the Toronto Film Festival in 2011 that Lionsgate execs must've shot upright in their beds in the middle of the night, drenched in cold sweat, terrified over the prospect of arranging for press screenings. The reviews have been crazy good
; it's probably (way) too much to hope that this is the new Cabin in the Woods
, but hey, Saw
-man James Wan just released a critically acclaimed $130 million-grossing haunted house movie and got hired for Fast and Furious 7
, so I guess even the most familiar-sounding horror movies can still surprise us.