Monday, 8 September 2008

The Strangers

Finally caught up with Brian Bertino's The Strangers this afternoon and what a creepy and effective film it is. Nothing flashy. Or profound. Or even original. Just, for the most part, good, old-fashioned, wholesome, hand-wringing scares which, in this age of ramping, epileptic editing and multiple film stock, is a rare thing indeed in horror. Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman play the unhappy couple in a remote country pad at night terrorised by a trio of mask-wearing home invaders who enjoy drawing out the couple's ordeal until the head-scratching conclusion almost undoes all the good work that's gone before. The Strangers 2 is, inevitably, in the pipeline.

5 comments:

Gerard said...

Couldn't agree more.

J.D. said...

The trailers for this film looked interesting. Been meaning to check this one out. I've also heard that the director of the film is a big John Carpenter fan which is certainly not a bad thing.

Mark Salisbury said...

Indeed. Although the camerawork in The Strangers is all handheld as opposed to JC's favoured PanaGlide.

Matt J said...

The line-up for the London Film Festival looks interesting:

http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/category/primary_navigation/films/galasandspecialscreenings

Mark Salisbury said...

It does indeed. I've just put my picks up.