The Strangers

The Strangers

Do you wanna squirm in your seat? - emer breen

10 Points

Viewer Rating:emer breen has rated The Strangers rating: 3 Star

The Strangers is a well directed and intense horror film that give us plenty of suspense and creates an eerily creepy atmosphere. Guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat throughout! The plot is inspired by true events and is centred on a young couple Kristen and Hoyt (played by Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman) at a fragile point in their relationship. They arrive at James' family's remote home after attending a friend wedding. Kristen has just refused Hoyt's offer of marriage and the atmosphere in the house is strained with painful silences and awkward moments. They are then interrupted by a strange girl knocking loudly on their door, asking for someone called Tamara. The situation rapidly goes from bad to worse and soon the couple find themselves terrorised by three masked strangers, whose identities and motivations are unknown. The mysterious intruders are dressed in incongruous, ridiculous masks (a sack with a smiley face; a doll and a pin-up) and seem to be there solely for the thrill of tormenting the poor couple. They have no apparent past and no motive beyond an endless cat and mouse game of torture and murder…..They clatter round the house, banging on doors and releasing a reign of escalating terror while the lovers become caught up in this terrifying roller coaster ride. But even as this absurd campaign of terror escalates, the movie remains levelheaded and well paced throughout, smartly scaring it's audience with a tingling creepiness. This cat and mouse game pursues and I'll reveal no more of the plot - go and see it if you fancy a sleepless night!! Why I think that this horror film works well is that it makes you nervous and uncomfortable. How much do you like to squirm in your seat? The director does an excellent job building up the dread and fear factor, especially early on in the film. He doesn't rely on cheap tricks. The film makes extensive and creative use of sound to create atmosphere and tension, but it doesn't overdo the jump scares with cheesy orchestral stings that attempt to send us flying out of our seats. As well as sound, he uses silence, pauses and sudden noises. The movie is scary because the director knows that a quiet background movement, well timed, will work better than another weapon and character leaping into the frame. The result is more frightening than graphic violence and gory bloody fighting scenes. This director knows how to keep us in suspense and this is further heightened by some of the imagery he constructs, which is genuinely chilling. Tension is built up with minor details such as a moved cellphone, a looping song on the record player and while we don't actually see all that much of the 3 masked attackers or we never actually hear them speak, we know enough to leave us suitably chilled to the core! The success of the movie, for me, can be largely attributed to convincing and solid performances from the two lead actors, Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler, both of whom elevate their roles above the standard horror-movie genre. Tyler even shows us that she can run and scream! This is indeed an enormously unsettling movie. While the plot isn't particularly original, it offers a riveting and credible portrayal of everyone's worst nightmare - being home alone and under attack by a group of sinister, sadistic masked killers. This is not a typical blood and spatter movie, it is a slow crescendo of intimidation and a nightmarish hell. With the exception of a couple of individual images that might stay with you, The Strangers is probably too small a film release to make a long lasting impression. But that said, it works, it tied my stomach in knots and lets just say I was glad to come home to a full house (for once!)…..

Review published on the 04 September 2008 12:38

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