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You're Next (2013)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Adam Wingard, screenwriter Simon Barrett, and actors Sharni Vinson and Barbara Cramton Rating:7.7/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on April 1st, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Not too much overlap from the other track, even with more participants, they are more scene specific in this commentary. Wingard and Barrett have the most to say, with Cramton chiming in the least.

Vinson and Cramton talk about how they each got into the project - Cramton was in quasi-retirement until Wingard and Barrett sought her out for this role. The Erin character was not Australian until Vinson auditioned for the part. Vinson also arranged to audition along with the actress playing Zee who was her roommate at the time. Both Cramton and Vinson appreciated joining a cast and crew of frequent collaborators, warmth and shorthand. Vinson opines about the backstory of her character, coming from a survivalist camp.

Wingard had a constant throbbing toothpain, took dog morphine offered by the mother of Barrett who lived in Columbia, Missouri, in proximity of where they filmed. The dental work caused him to miss some film festival events.

This film was a casualty of the Lionsgate and Summit merger, shelved for two years before release.

Wingard was very involved in choosing the music, even recording some beats and themes himself. After a discussion with the producers, he inserted some different beats that helped connecting the film to its more humorous intended tone. Obtaining the rights to the Dwight Twilley Band song, Looking for the Magic, was a campaign, as the Twilleys were initially skeptical. After some convincing but the artists became fans of the film and the song received a bump in popularity as a result.

They speak to the challenges of setting up certain scenes, including the choreography of the stunts and violence, and how working with gore and blood renders continuity difficult when filming out of sequence.

They continue until the very end of the credits, tossing off a few wild ideas for a sequel, which they are not seriously contemplating.
Commentary 2: Director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett Rating:9.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on March 16th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
This is an exceptional commentary! Even though they are watching the film, the duo is not always scene specific. As frequent and comfortable collaborators, Wingard and Barret discuss the dynamic of their writer director partnership. They document the genesis of the film, actually having a modest budget to design and make choices after a low budget past. They note what it is like to work with other directors as actors - there are many in this film. At the start of the film they set out to establish the tone, and were not always sure that the humor would convey. They wanted to differentiate this film from other films in the mumblegore, slasher, horror, home invasion genres and create something unique. They cite the films of John Carpenter, the Alien series, John Woo, Home Alone, Michael Clayton among the diverse field of their inspirations. They sought to have character introductions seem natural, not over expositional. They see the value in test screenings. Certainly some people just do not get it, but are valuable when a consensus could mean something does not work. They chose the design of the masks carefully as to best reflect the nature of the killers. The composition of the music is a hodgepodge and mashup of original score and public domain that would make producing a soundtrack an endeavor. Free ringtones! They own the rights to the ringtone used in the film, so if you like it, find them online and ask.