Tuesday, September 21, 2010

THE STRANGERS (2008) by jeff

Cast: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward

Written & Directed By: Bryan Bertino
Cinematography By: Peter Sova
Editor: Kevin Greutert
Original Music By: tomandandy

I can understand how other people may enjoy this film but I honestly didn’t while the you are there approach is riveting and exciting making you stay on your toes. The chilling masks that could be innocent are there more for terror.

The cinematography makes you feel like you are watching a big budget snuff film. The feel of this film is like it could have been made in the seventies it is that different from it’s contemporaries in the genre. Not too many cuts no annoying rapid editing. It has it’s problems but has a good follow through.

I just felt like I was being manipulated from beginning to end from the fake based on a true story coda a the the beginning (It Wasn’t) and quite honestly ripped off from texas chainsaw massacre to letting us know just enough about the characters as a backstory so we can feel for them as they are victims on screen for most of this film to the quiet streches of the film only to be jarred by a loud sound and the music that expresses doom in almost eery minute of this film that is a warning that something is going to happen but half the time doesn’t the filmmakers try to use what you already know about these types of films against you then tries to shock you by having scens go a different way

My problems are not only there but in the beginning they say not many details are known about what actually happened ok so why this movie is this a interpretation of what the director thinks happened then why so much attention to detail like he was there and knew specific details about what happened. Also if this is supposed to be a true story how come the killers are so talented or supernatural that they seem to be able to disappear at will and then show up again unexpectedly with hardly a sound they are human humans can have the best plan in the world but make mistakes it’s human nature they also thank to gravity make noise but not these killers who are kind of humanized at the end but by that time it’s too late I feel all the beleivabilty has already flown out the window. While the reasoning for the crimes is chilling and spoiled in the advertisement for the film it is also what sells it and makes it scarier. If I had made it I probably would have copped out and shown the faces of innocent kids doing this as a thrill more then anything else it beats drugs. That is not the actual ending.

SPOILER- Though keeping them faceless does make them all the more scary and perfect for a sequel SOPILER END

I give this film an A for effort and quite frankly I believe the director does have talent which is plainly evident on the screen he just makes these mistakes that take me out of the movie. I’d rather see more types of movies like this made by actual talent then the 20th remake of a Friday the 13th sequel which while fun in the original series are whack outside of it. Not to mention I would rather see films like this then another j-horror American remake.

The thing I can also give this movie credit for is that it seems to understand the horror genre. This while being gory a few times is mostly about thrills and suspense more then anything else. Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman Give good performances this might be the best film either has been in so far it ay least has given them the best roles to play.

I would say this is a good rental. I’m ore interested in the making of the film then the finished product.


1 comment:

  1. I actually thoroughly enjoyed this film. I thought it was good to see a well made and sincere slasher film for a change. Yes it's full of overused horror conventions, but I thought the performances were good and that the director achieved a pretty creepy atmosphere. Not amazing, but still much better than most post 1980s slasher films.