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01.05.2012by: Mike Sampson

Our Most Anticipated Films of 2012!

In preparation for writing this list, I looked back at last year's list of the movies I was looking forward to in 2011. I'm a little embarrassed. Two of the films on that list - PAUL and YOUR HIGHNESS - wound up being on my Worst Films of 2011 list. And that's before we even get to GREEN LANTERN...

To my credit, I did pick DRIVE as my Most Anticipated of 2011 and that wound up being my favorite movie of the year, so I decided to try again this year and see if I can have some better luck. It looks like there's a lot to look forward to this year, but I feel like I say that every year and by December I'm like, "Man there were a lot of shitty movies this year." But it's January and hope springs eternal! Let's take a look at what has us feeling optimistic... (NOTE: These films are in no particular order.)

And when you're done, head over to Movie Fan Central and create your own Most Anticipated of 2012 list!

You're Next

This might be cheating considering I've alreeady seen this film (you can read my review here) but seeing this film once makes me want to see it again in 2012. Sadly, Lionsgate looks to be planning an October release, which means we'll have to wait a while but, trust me, it's worth the wait. Star Sharni Vinson might be the one of the best horror babes I've seen in a long time and I won't mention why for fear of spoiling some of the fun. It's a scary, funny and clever horror flick that, with any luck, will become a new horror classic. (Added bonus: I've seen another film on this list I'm not allowed to talk about...but which one is it?)

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Paranorman

As a big fan of CORALINE, I was excited to see what upstart animation studio would do next. They're sticking with the macabre for their sophomore film, PARANORMAN, the story of a young boy battling zombies. I've often wondered why there aren't more "scary" films geared towards pre-teens. I mean, who loves zombies more than 12-year-old boys? Obviously some of the genre is going to be hard-R but why not more movies that feature zombies and ghosts and kids?

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Looper

I was a huge fan of director Rian Johnson's debut BRICK and mostly enjoyed his follow-up THE BROTHERS BLOOM, so I'm very curious to see what he does here with a bigger cast and a bigger budget. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis star as different version of the same man. I don't necessarily see the resemblance but, OK, that's not the point. The film takes place in a futuristic society where assassins send marks back in time to be killed. JGL is surprised to see the future version of himself show up, waiting to be killed. But he doesn't go quietly.

Moonrise Kingdom

You'll notice, as this list goes on, that the movies I'm most looking forward to are low on concept and big on talent; especially directors. I tend to follow directors rather than actors or franchises because, to me, that's the best predictor for success. Such is the case here with the latest film from Wes Anderson. He hasn't made a live-action film since 2007's THE DARJEELING LIMITED and it'll be great to have him back. The film follows two young kids in love who run away from their New England town, prompting a citywide search. Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Frances McDormand and, yes, Bill Murray are all along for the ride.

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Neighborhood Watch

I'm going out on a limb with this one. I should mention first off that it's being produced by Shawn Levy, the comedy vacuum behind DATE NIGHT and NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM. But it sports a pretty impressive pedigree that includes stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Will Forte, a script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and directed by Akiva Schaffer (HOT ROD, SNL Digital Shorts). The film follows a group of suburbanites called on to save the world when an alien race crash lands in their cul-de-sac. Could be a HANGOVER style hit or it could be the reason Jonah Hill kicks himself for having to pass on DJANGO UNCHAINED.

Cabin in the Woods

CABIN IN THE WOODS, the long-delayed horror film from Drew Goddard (CLOVERFIELD) and Joss Whedon (THE AVENGERS), finally got to play for a public audience at Austin's Butt-Numb-a-Thon. Reaction was, well, ecstatic. It's a hard movie to convey without giving away much of the premise but you'll see some hints at some really weird shit in the trailer and perhaps this succinct synopsis sums it up best: "Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen." And maybe the best part? NOT IN 3D.

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Gravity

Just this week we found out that Alfonso Cuaron refused to let his actors - George Clooney and Sandra Bullock - wear makeup while filming the sci-fi thriller. And I'll bet that's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Cuaron is looking to accomplish with this film. The plot itself is fairly standard: two astronauts out working on a space station get untethered from their ship and must struggle to get back to their ship and back home to Earth. Guillermo del Toro said of what Cuaron is attempting: "I think he would kill me if I reveal [what is so crazy about it], and in time it will be publicizedů[they] are absolutely pushing a new boundary in filmmaking, completely mind-blowing." Rumors had it that the entire film would be one long take but we'll have to wait and see, which is half the fun.

Only God Forgives

After striking gold with my DRIVE prediction last year, how could I not return to the Nicolas Winding Refn/Ryan Gosling well one more time? Their upcoming collaboration, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, hasn't even started filming yet, but is scheduled for a late-2012 release. That doesn't mean it will be some stuffy Oscar-bait drama though; no way. Refn says it's "a fast, powerful, high-profile, action and violent revenge story." Huh. Sounds familiar in a very awesome way.

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Lincoln

I was watching THERE WILL BE BLOOD the other day and, unable to turn if off, began wondering if Daniel Day Lewis' performance as Daniel Plainview is one of the best I've lived through in my lifetime. Just so damn good, it's amazing. I'm not sure what happened with NINE but DDL is back with Spielberg's LINCOLN and if reports that he's been living in character as our 16th President since June are true, well, I can't wait to see what he has in store. I'm not much of a history buff, but like a new Tarantino movie, any Daniel Day Lewis performance is worth my hard-earned money.

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The Avengers

I want to keep the amount of comic-based tentpoles on this list to a minimum because they tend to wind up disappointing, but how can you not put AVENGERS on this list. It's been Marvel's mega-gamble over the past few years. Not just making standalone superhero films but building to one epic crossover, the likes of which have never been attempted. It almost doesn't matter if it's not perfect: that they've come this far, will likely be enough. I was lucky enough to visit the set and I've seen some things that are enough to get the geek hairs on the back of your neck stand up and dance. Let's see if Joss Whedon can pull this off.

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The Dark Knight Rises

What can I even say about this? With most other films, if they released a six-minute prologue and you couldn't understand a word out of one of the main character's mouths, there would be a big hullabaloo. But "In Nolan We Trust," I'm told. I'm not an insane TDK fanboy but I'm curious to see how Nolan - who has the clout to pull off a ballsy ending - chooses to wrap up his trilogy. Will Batman die? Is Robin in this movie? Will people start waiting in line next month just to see this?

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Prometheus

Prometheus sort of got lost in the shuffle of holiday trailers but wrongfully so. While THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is what it is and (I suppose) deserves it's level of fervor, few movies tantalize like PROMETHEUS. It is something of a wild card, I'll admit, considering a) we really know very little about it, and b) it a prequel for one of the best sci-fi films of all-time. Now I'm sure director Ridley Scott would take umbrage with me even using the word "prequel" but I don't even know what else to call this thing. I just know I want to be there when it happens.

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The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson has quietly been filming his follow-up to THERE WILL BE BLOOD, a film speculatively titled THE MASTER, with stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams. The film is reportedly a loose metaphor for Scientology with Hoffman playing something of a L. Ron Hubbard stand-in. If you didn't get enough of PTA's take on religion in BLOOD, it seems you'll get a heaping dose of it with THE MASTER.

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Django Unchained

What's really to say? It's the next Quentin Tarantino movie. Skeptics could say that perhaps Tarantino has worn the revenge genre thin and I may be inclined to agree but all these movies have been really f*cking good. If "revenge" is Tarantino's genre like Carpenter does horror, I'd be alright with that. DJANGO has a killer cast - Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kurt Russell, Sacha Baron Cohen, Don Johnson, RZA - an amazing script and a hot topic (a slave getting his revenge). What will be interesting about this film is that it will be Tarantino's first without longtime editor and collaborator Sally Menke, who passed away this year.

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12:40PM on 01/11/2012
It's an alright list. Would have been cool to have the release date along with each title.
It's an alright list. Would have been cool to have the release date along with each title.
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9:57AM on 01/06/2012
If they end it with Wayne retiring as Batman, I hope they include a subtle nod towards the possibility that he might take on a protege, Joseph Gordon Levitt maybe.. Sort of like the end of Inception where u're not sure if the totem falters or not.
If they end it with Wayne retiring as Batman, I hope they include a subtle nod towards the possibility that he might take on a protege, Joseph Gordon Levitt maybe.. Sort of like the end of Inception where u're not sure if the totem falters or not.
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5:53AM on 01/06/2012
I didnt even realise Wes Anderson was doing a new film! Will defo check it out.

I'm also very excited for Seven Psychopaths - anyone know when that's coming out?
I didnt even realise Wes Anderson was doing a new film! Will defo check it out.

I'm also very excited for Seven Psychopaths - anyone know when that's coming out?
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11:03PM on 01/05/2012
cant wait for Django!
cant wait for Django!
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9:29PM on 01/05/2012
Great list. I would add the Hobbit, Skyfall (b/c I'm a Bond fan), and Brave (which I hope is a return to form for Pixar after Cars 2).
Great list. I would add the Hobbit, Skyfall (b/c I'm a Bond fan), and Brave (which I hope is a return to form for Pixar after Cars 2).
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8:20PM on 01/05/2012
Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, TDKR, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers...
Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, TDKR, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers, Avengers...
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5:56PM on 01/05/2012
We can start waiting in line already? I'm in
We can start waiting in line already? I'm in
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4:06PM on 01/05/2012

Sally Menke RIP

Sally Menke passed away September, 2010? Not this year. I was at the funeral so I'm pretty sure it wasn't "this year".
Sally Menke passed away September, 2010? Not this year. I was at the funeral so I'm pretty sure it wasn't "this year".
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2:52PM on 01/05/2012

Nice choices

If I could expand on it than this is what it would look like:
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If I could expand on it than this is what it would look like:
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2:37PM on 01/05/2012
I would have put Lock-Out on my list, that movie looks awesome. It's a spiritual successor to Escape from New York.
I would have put Lock-Out on my list, that movie looks awesome. It's a spiritual successor to Escape from New York.
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2:14PM on 01/05/2012
I will watch the 1966 DJANGO movie first before I see QT's ripped off version.
I saw the original 1978 Inglorious Bastards first before watching QT's version and I must say the 1978 version was way better. QT is at it again ripping off another and yet the QT's die hard fans just keep tossing his salad thinking the guy is a genius.
I will watch the 1966 DJANGO movie first before I see QT's ripped off version.
I saw the original 1978 Inglorious Bastards first before watching QT's version and I must say the 1978 version was way better. QT is at it again ripping off another and yet the QT's die hard fans just keep tossing his salad thinking the guy is a genius.
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10:51PM on 01/05/2012
TO JakobBURR: Do the research. QT ripped off the 1973 movie "Lady Snowblood" and created "Kill Bill". For "Reservoir Dogs" QT ripped off Ringo Lam's "City on Fire". And "Pulp Fiction" would've never been the movie it was if it wasn't for Roger Avary. Of course when Pulp Fiction came out he threw Roger Avary under the bus. I want to like him but he just a Hollywood hack that rips off Asian Cinema. 10 people are currently licking QT's ass crack. Hope you like the taste of his shit because he's
TO JakobBURR: Do the research. QT ripped off the 1973 movie "Lady Snowblood" and created "Kill Bill". For "Reservoir Dogs" QT ripped off Ringo Lam's "City on Fire". And "Pulp Fiction" would've never been the movie it was if it wasn't for Roger Avary. Of course when Pulp Fiction came out he threw Roger Avary under the bus. I want to like him but he just a Hollywood hack that rips off Asian Cinema. 10 people are currently licking QT's ass crack. Hope you like the taste of his shit because he's laughing all the way to the bank.
6:16PM on 01/05/2012
You're misinformed.
You're misinformed.
2:09PM on 01/05/2012
Is this Hollywood's attempt to rip off "Attack the Block"? I hope they burn for this.
Is this Hollywood's attempt to rip off "Attack the Block"? I hope they burn for this.
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1:21PM on 01/05/2012
Yo! Hobbit?????
Yo! Hobbit?????
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12:59PM on 01/05/2012
Well like they say, "to each his own" -but no "Dark Shadows"? really? Ah well,what I said above ^
Well like they say, "to each his own" -but no "Dark Shadows"? really? Ah well,what I said above ^
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12:54PM on 01/05/2012

Gosling is on a fucking roll

It seems like it's going to be an even better year for Gosling, since he also reunites with Derek Cianfrance in a movie that seems like Drive on a bike (Place Beyond the Pines) and the equally awesome looking Gangster Squad.
It seems like it's going to be an even better year for Gosling, since he also reunites with Derek Cianfrance in a movie that seems like Drive on a bike (Place Beyond the Pines) and the equally awesome looking Gangster Squad.
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12:50PM on 01/05/2012
Bring it on!
Bring it on!
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12:49PM on 01/05/2012
God I hope it's as good as TWBB
God I hope it's as good as TWBB
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12:48PM on 01/05/2012
easily in my interchangeable top 2! Great cast, it's connected with Alien and Ridley is back. What more do you need?
easily in my interchangeable top 2! Great cast, it's connected with Alien and Ridley is back. What more do you need?
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12:47PM on 01/05/2012
of course
of course
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12:46PM on 01/05/2012
Day-Lewis in an ambitious Spielberg film? Sign me up
Day-Lewis in an ambitious Spielberg film? Sign me up
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12:44PM on 01/05/2012
Is this still coming out this year? That's good news, it sounded like a good idea from the get go, though I'd prefered it more when RDJ was involved... I was never a fan of Solaris
Is this still coming out this year? That's good news, it sounded like a good idea from the get go, though I'd prefered it more when RDJ was involved... I was never a fan of Solaris
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12:42PM on 01/05/2012
to be honest, this just looks and feels like it's going to be mediocre at best, probably pretty bad
to be honest, this just looks and feels like it's going to be mediocre at best, probably pretty bad
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12:41PM on 01/05/2012
I'm definitely excited for this one. Brick was a good flick but what sells me most is the cast and that it's an original Sci-Fi movie. There's never too much of these in my book
I'm definitely excited for this one. Brick was a good flick but what sells me most is the cast and that it's an original Sci-Fi movie. There's never too much of these in my book
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12:07PM on 01/05/2012
Great list. I'm also looking forward to Gangster Squad. And JGL is in Django Unchained? How'd I miss that?
Great list. I'm also looking forward to Gangster Squad. And JGL is in Django Unchained? How'd I miss that?
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11:42AM on 01/05/2012
Not a bad list at all, I might substitute Neighborhood Watch for Hobbit, though as much as I loved the LOTR trilogy, everything I've seen of The Hobbit just isn't giving me that "Holy Shit I Gotta See This NOW!!!" vibe.....Now if Dark Knight Rises wasn't included, I wonder how many people would be going apeshit....
Not a bad list at all, I might substitute Neighborhood Watch for Hobbit, though as much as I loved the LOTR trilogy, everything I've seen of The Hobbit just isn't giving me that "Holy Shit I Gotta See This NOW!!!" vibe.....Now if Dark Knight Rises wasn't included, I wonder how many people would be going apeshit....
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11:03AM on 01/05/2012

@Comments Below....

I'm sorry I didn't realize that other people have to bow to your expectations of what they should be thinking or anticipating. If someone is not excited to see THE HOBBIT which I know quite a few people personally who are not, that's their preference and not yours to question. Good day!
I'm sorry I didn't realize that other people have to bow to your expectations of what they should be thinking or anticipating. If someone is not excited to see THE HOBBIT which I know quite a few people personally who are not, that's their preference and not yours to question. Good day!
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12:35PM on 01/05/2012
and I'm ashamed to admit that I'm one of those people. I admired LOTR for the event and visual achievement it was but I was never into goblins and goblins and stuff. I don't think that makes anyone any lesser of a movie fan or a geek. Some of us geek out over aliens, some over superheroes, some over fantasy, some over everything but that's just personal preference. Just like this list so I give you a plus one good fellow
and I'm ashamed to admit that I'm one of those people. I admired LOTR for the event and visual achievement it was but I was never into goblins and goblins and stuff. I don't think that makes anyone any lesser of a movie fan or a geek. Some of us geek out over aliens, some over superheroes, some over fantasy, some over everything but that's just personal preference. Just like this list so I give you a plus one good fellow
10:54AM on 01/05/2012
A lot of top-notch directors with movies coming out in 2012. I have seen a lot of these most anticipated films of 2012 the past few days and it seems on every single one of them they leave off the Hobbit and I am left wondering why? Is it the fact that it is a kid's book? or was it the trailer? Or is there some sort of backlash against Lord of the Rings or something? It seemed to get a decent amount of votes on the fan poll that was up last week. I am just curious is all. The rest of the
A lot of top-notch directors with movies coming out in 2012. I have seen a lot of these most anticipated films of 2012 the past few days and it seems on every single one of them they leave off the Hobbit and I am left wondering why? Is it the fact that it is a kid's book? or was it the trailer? Or is there some sort of backlash against Lord of the Rings or something? It seemed to get a decent amount of votes on the fan poll that was up last week. I am just curious is all. The rest of the list is amazing, though.
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10:51AM on 01/05/2012
double post
double post
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10:31AM on 01/05/2012
No Hobbit? Get the fuck out of here, hipster.
No Hobbit? Get the fuck out of here, hipster.
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5:27PM on 01/05/2012
Fuck Hobbit, where Goon at (hockey movie)?
Fuck Hobbit, where Goon at (hockey movie)?
4:39PM on 01/05/2012
I guess I'm a "hipster" as well. The Hobbit isn't on my top ten most anticipated films of 2012 either. Hell, it's not even on my top twenty. It's not that I'm a LOTR "hater" necessarily,, I have watched the previous films, but I do not and will not even own them on DVD/Bluray. So The Hobbit I will eventually watch, probably will rent it off Zune sometime in 2013.
I guess I'm a "hipster" as well. The Hobbit isn't on my top ten most anticipated films of 2012 either. Hell, it's not even on my top twenty. It's not that I'm a LOTR "hater" necessarily,, I have watched the previous films, but I do not and will not even own them on DVD/Bluray. So The Hobbit I will eventually watch, probably will rent it off Zune sometime in 2013.
12:56PM on 01/05/2012
I could go on and on which other movies I'd like to see next year but that's his list and it still has a lot of great fucking picks on it
I could go on and on which other movies I'd like to see next year but that's his list and it still has a lot of great fucking picks on it
9:56AM on 01/05/2012

Wait a minute...

The Frickin Hobbit didn't make this list?! You aren't anticipating this movie? Seriously?
The Frickin Hobbit didn't make this list?! You aren't anticipating this movie? Seriously?
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12:32PM on 01/05/2012
I am not really anticipating "The Hobbit" at all. We've never been huge LOTR fanboys here at the site. Doesn't mean I won't see it.
I am not really anticipating "The Hobbit" at all. We've never been huge LOTR fanboys here at the site. Doesn't mean I won't see it.
9:53AM on 01/05/2012
Nice list but no Hobbit? I've been waiting for that since like 2003.
Nice list but no Hobbit? I've been waiting for that since like 2003.
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9:39AM on 01/05/2012
Great list, but where's The Hobbit?! :(
Great list, but where's The Hobbit?! :(
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9:36AM on 01/05/2012

Great List Except for

I really dig most of this list, but "You're Next" was easily the most overrated film at TIFF. The acting was decent (for a low-budget horror) and there were some funny moments, but all-in-all it was not a very good film. The plot was predictable and suspense-less (seemingly only used through the first half to drive one death to the next), the protagonist reveals a convenient history halfway through the film, and a lot of the comedy felt really forced (compared to say, Ti West's superior "The
I really dig most of this list, but "You're Next" was easily the most overrated film at TIFF. The acting was decent (for a low-budget horror) and there were some funny moments, but all-in-all it was not a very good film. The plot was predictable and suspense-less (seemingly only used through the first half to drive one death to the next), the protagonist reveals a convenient history halfway through the film, and a lot of the comedy felt really forced (compared to say, Ti West's superior "The Innkeepers"). I have a feeling You're Next will tank once it hits mainstream audiences.
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