- Cast: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A.J. Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Sarah Myers, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton, L.C. Holt, Simon Barrett, Lane Hughes, Kate Lyn Sheil
- Director: Adam Wingard
- Writer: Simon Barrett
- Producers: Simon Barrett, Keith Calder, Kim Sherman, Jessica Wu
- Co Producers: Chris Harding, Brock Williams
- Art Direction: Nathan Truesdell
- Casting: Michelle Morris
- Costume Design: Emma Potter
- D.O.P.: Andrew Droz Palermo
- Editor: Adam Wingard
- Makeup: Ailen Diaz
- Musics: Mads Heldtberg, Jasper Justice Lee, Kyle McKinnon
- Production Design: Thomas S. Hammock
- Set Decoration: Lanie Faith Marie Overton
When Crispian Davison brings his new girlfriend along to celebrate the wedding anniversary of his parents, the family's evening together is shattered when a gang of mysterious killers begin to hunt the family down with brutal precision. Unfortunately for the killers however, one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Missouri, USA
- MPAA Warning: Strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity
- Production Budget: $1 million
- Production Companies: HanWay Films, Snoot Entertainment
- Production Schedule: 17 March 2011 - April 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "Drawing rave reviews at festivals starting with its premiere at Toronto in late 2011, the only question with Adam Wingard's much anticipated home invasion thriller is why in the world it has taken so damn long to get a theatrical release. Lionsgate picked up the rights shortly after its Toronto debut, but took forever to schedule it. They finally settled on a late August bow this year.
The story follows Crispian Davidson (A.J. Bowen), a young man who brings his new girlfriend (Sharni Vinson) along to celebrate his parents wedding anniversary at their remote country estate. The family's evening together is shattered when a gang of masked mysterious killers begin to hunt them down with brutal precision. One of the victims, however, has a secret talent for fighting back.
All the praise for the film is that it doesn't try to reinvent the wheel, instead it tries to perfect it. Wingard and writing partner Simon Barrett have focused on telling a familiar scenario as well as they possibly can, and without treating their audience like idiots. The result is a film that sounds like it makes full use of its setting, delivers clear and fresh characterisation, is filled with both creative deaths and occasionally appropriate dark humour, and rockets along at a good pace.
The heroine is assertive rather than reactive, sound effects are relied on to build atmosphere, gore is sparingly used and effectively disturbing when it is, and the suspense is apparently maintained for much of the runtime. Now THAT sounds like the kind of horror film that made me love the genre in the first place. I can't wait."