The Strangers (2008)

Directed by: Bryan Bertino (feature film debut, is in post-production for his next film, Mockingbird)

Written by: Bertino as well

Starring: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Glenn Howerton, Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks and Laura Margolis

What it’s about: a couple are victim to a home invasion terrorizing

B-Movie Alternate Title: The Strangers in Your House!

Movie Mash Up: for tone, I’d say it’s very Blair Witch Project, but there are loads of other elements to it as well.  It’s a psychologically terrifying film.

What I liked: the sheer terror of the movie; how economical everything is, there are no wasted movements or scenes, everything plays a part in the night of terror; effective use of music; the acting was great for what was asked of the actors.

What I disliked: despite how effective The Strangers were at doing what they do, it seemed like they were five thousand steps ahead of the couple at all times, like they were anticipating exactly everything they were going to do, making them seem more supernatural than just fucked up assholes.

Would I recommend this to anyone?: Sure, if they like great thriller movies and want a good scare.

Rating: 4 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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