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Feature 8.3
Video 8.0
Audio 8.2
Special Features 5.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Universal
Classification: MA15+
Running Time: 85 Minutes
Reviewer:
Keith Keaton

8.0


The Strangers

The Strangers is an entertaining thriller/horror movie that is directed by Bryan Bertino and stars Liv Tyler as Kristen McKay and Scott Speedman as James Hoyt.

The movie revolves the "events" that took place in the Hoyt family's vacation home at 1801 Clark Road and on the 11th of February 2005 where something mysterious and sinister had occurred. Apparently not even the FBI could solve this strange mystery which Bertino uses to his advantage.

For Kristen and James, there weekend was about to begin after a great celebration at a friends wedding. However when Kristen declines James proposal to get married, their weekend becomes a tortured nightmare as their late evening begins.

During the middle of the night, a variety of strange events begin to occur for Kristen and James with almost supernatural undertones and at 4am, they receive a mysterious knock on their door and a ghostly voices asks is Tamara home.

Upon investigating, they discover a girl who is adamant that Tamara is home and eventually she gives up and moves into the shadows. The argument between Kristen and James is still brewing about the marriage proposal and James decides to get cigarettes, only for the "teasing" to begin.

Scared, Kristen locks the door as the terrors begin and when James finally returns, the tortures now have two souls to torment. Bertino does everything correctly in the movie by slowly building up the suspense and gives the viewer quite a few frights.

At times it may be clichéd but I thoroughly enjoyed the strangers and Tyler and Speedman are perfectly cast as the once loving couple who begin to question the world that they live in.

Presented in 16:9 enhanced widescreen, the images are exceptionally clear as is the colour palette that is nicely complimented with Dolby Digital 5.1 A first class cinematic experience!

It's a shame about the lack of special features.






 
 



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