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The Strangers (DVD)
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The Strangers (DVD)
Date: 11/09/08, updated on 11/09/08 (42 review reads)
Advantages: Okay if you want to feel depressed.
Disadvantages: Ineffective and pointlessy nasty.
Kirsten McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman) arrive late one night at the Hoyt family's summer home. James has prepared the house with rose petals and candles, planning a romantic night but there are problems in their relationship. Things aren't going according to plan. Then a strange girl knocks at the door asking for someone before going away again, and an air of menace begins to develop. Strangely oblivious to this, James decides he wants to drive around as he needs some time alone. He drives off, leaving Kirsten alone in the house, miles from anywhere.
This is just the beginning of a series of very odd decisions on the part of the couple. While he is away, things begin to get nastier, and this escalates on his return. Three strangers in masks begin to stalk the couple. Kirsten and James make this easier by making foolish decisions such dashing in and out of the house, getting separated and really just not doing anything much that makes any sense.
It doesn't succeed very well in creating a tense atmosphere, partly because we have a pretty good idea what's going to happen, as part of the ending is shown right at the beginning of the film. Really it's just an unremittingly grim account of what happens to bring the characters to that point.
Altogether, it all seems very pointless. As a horror flick, it really lacks a lot of the elements that make a horror film entertaining, although some of the scenes are quite disturbing. There are no moments that really make you jump and freak out (ie: the girl hit by a bus in Final Destination), although there is one creepy bit with a man in a mask that made a crowd of girls gasp at the back of the cinema. Neither are there any moments of black humour to lift the tension. (Then again, what tension?)
I like Liv Tyler. She was luminous in Lord of the Rings and fun and feisty in Armageddon, but I think she was wasted in this film.
Summary: Three strangers stalk a couple in a country house.