Monday, October 5, 2015

THE STRANGERS

The Strangers Movie Review

Couple Kristen (Liv Tyler of The Lord of the Rings Films) and James (Scott Speedman of Underworld films) are terrorized by three masked people in a remote home. This 2008 film created a lot of buzz when it was released, and it's easy to see why--the premise of the film is terrifying. Home break-in is a fear that practically every person can relate to. Unfortunately, the delivery of the film is less impressive. Off the bat I will admit to being a fan of neither Tyler nor Speedman, and their performances here did nothing to change my mind on that opinion. The film itself--it starts off very slow, and when things finally do start to get going, much of what is happening is in the dark, and I get that darkness adds to the fear, but SO MUCH of this film is almost complete darkness, and silence, and as a result, uninteresting. There is a fine line between creating atmosphere with dim lighting and silenced fear and using these techniques so much you lose the interest of the viewer--sadly, that's what this movie does.

At least some cool Halloween costumes came from this film

The film also tends to fall into some horror clichés: jump scares, the victims doing to the most illogical things they possibly can, and, worst of all, the very human villains suddenly vanishing as soon as a victim turns around. The camera work was also very poor in this film--at times it looked as if the camera was placed on top of a giant bobblehead--this can be a fairly effective technique when filming an intense scene--it's less effective when the scene is a couple sitting at a kitchen table in silence. All is not lost with this film. Once the sun rises we get a really good five minute sequence that, sadly, has a poor payoff. I really, really wanted to like this movie--I first saw it upon its DVD release years ago, and bought it years later in hopes that if I gave it another chance I would like it the second time around--unfortunately, I found it once again to be just an average film. 

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 5



The Strangers Movie Trailer

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