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There’s no place like home, especially when it comes to domestic violence, random atrocities, and atavistic, unnamable evil. Such has been the case in a few recent successful, low-budget genre films. In “The Purge,” set in a future dystopia in which a special day has been established for citizens to commit random crimes with impunity, the safest residence on the block proves no defense against jealous neighbors.
In “The Conjuring,” a small family’s dream house turns into a nightmare because of malignant spirits. Like those two films, Adam Wingard’s sly, diabolical, and oddly moral “You’re Next” draws on the home invasion/haunted house scenario, but outclasses them with its wit, irony, and technically proficient terror.