Lionsgate has finally announced a release date for one of 2011's most popular horror films (among those who've watched it), though unfortunately you're gonna have to wait till next year to see it. You're Next, which absolutely crushed at both the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, has finally been given a release date of August 23, 2013 [via Collider]. Yup, almost two years after first premiering on the festival circuit, it'll be arriving in theaters, which, to those who've seen it, is a bit of a long time, but for everyone else it doesn't really matter. This isn't a horror movie that belongs to any set date or time -- there's no real difference between seeing it now or seeing it in August except you have to wait a bit longer to witness its awesomeness.
Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett (who we just interviewed), You're Next seems like your ordinary home-invasion thriller on paper (family is trapped in a home and stalked by three masked killers), but it's so much more than that. Featuring terrific performances from Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, AJ Bowen, Barbara Crampton and more, this thing just oozes greatness, and with a horror-friendly late-August slot (and the right promotion) it should do well.
From Peter Hall's review: "You’re Next is a wholly satisfying, distraction-free, thrilling horror movie that milks every red drop out of its premise, characters and presentation. To put it simply: miss it, and you’re missing the most entertaining American horror film in years."
In related news, Wingard spoke to Slashfilm recently about possibly doing a You're Next sequel, saying, "I think I have a really fun idea for a sequel and, I mean, the thing about it is maybe it’s going to work out, because maybe the film will come out and even if it’s a little bit later than October and if it does well and a sequel is greenlit, maybe at that point we would feel more comfortable coming back as a team and doing it. Whereas right now, if the movie was going to go into production, we would probably try to tailor it for another director and writing team for a rewrite. Maybe if the timing works out and we feel, career-wise, comfortable enough to jump into a sequel, which obviously is a risky thing, but the idea that we have I think is such a fun kind of approach to a sequel. Basically we would take it like the first movie is Alien and the next movie is Aliens."
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