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The Strangers (2008)

July 26, 2009

4/10 Backfired Honeymoons

Before reading this, check out the trailer for this movie first. Go ahead, the rest of this will make more sense if you do.

Looks awesome, right? That’s what I thought, too.

But alas, we have been duped.

The Strangers is about a guy and a girl who spend a night at a getaway cabin in the woods in the middle of nowhere after the guy proposed to her and she turned him down.


Then, as you can probably already tell, three weirdos with bags on their heads show up and start terrorizing the non-couple for reasons unknown.

Not the most original storyline, but crap, that was one awesome trailer. Made it look like the scariest, most original damn horror movie of the last decade. I like to think that the joke is on the filmmakers in this case, but hey, I’m the one who paid for the ticket.

It’s not garbage by any means, but as far as horror movies go, this one isn’t exactly paving new ground. It’s all pretty predictable and the scares are dirt cheap. And just when you think the main characters have their act together and are not going to behave like idiots and do stupid shit that will invetably get them killed, guess what, they panic and start acting a fool.

The cabin in the woods thing has been done before. The anonymous bad guys with bags on their heads has been done before. The whole thing’s pretty much been done before, only this time Liv Tyler’s in it.

I don’t know, I guess if the trailer hadn’t skyrocketed my expectations for this movie it would probably have been about as good a B-horror movie as I thought it would be. There’s some decent tension, a number of jump-out-of-your-seat moments that you can see coming from a mile away, but since there are so many other better and scarier horror movies out there, can’t recommend this as something worth going out of your way to go see.

But hey, if you’ve been hankering for something to instill a crippling fear of being the only person staying in an empty house, this mayjust be what you’ve been looking for.

And that shit on the poster about how it’s “INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS”? So fucking stupid.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kevin permalink
    July 26, 2009 10:12 am

    The Strangers is the biggest piece of bullshit ever. Caught it on Cinemax once during the middle of the day, the ending is so stupid it makes you want to go on a killing spree on all the people who made this movie possible.

  2. Bryan Bertino permalink
    March 19, 2010 6:56 pm

    It’s a shame when pure genius is staring someone in the face and they fail to see it. On the surface, “The Strangers” is a movie about a young couple-who through a multitude of follies-finds themselves killed at the hands of three masked strangers.

    But underneath it all, the sub-context of the movie is much deeper than that. It is a film that explores the duality of man as a creature who is in a consistent struggle between his spiritual nature-and the desire to do good and his carnal being -and the desire to sin.
    This is why the ending is so flawless.

    It shows us that the more we give into our carnal and animalist behavior, the easier it becomes for us to sin and commit unspeakable acts. The more we succumb to these acts we transform ourselves into something evil, becoming “Strangers” to not only society, but ourselves. And it is why we never see the faces of the killers, for they are meant to represent every man and that consistent internal struggle that we must deal with.

    • March 19, 2010 9:46 pm

      Haha, yeah, my thoughts exactly. How long did you spend writing that? And who the hell is Bryan Bertino?

  3. Bryan Bertino permalink
    March 20, 2010 11:15 am

    It took me about four minutes to write that. The same amount of time it took for me to write the script to “The Strangers.”

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