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.
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.