The Strangers

The Strangers

In Theatres: 
May 30, 2008
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 47 Minutes

The horrifying events that took place in the Hoyt family’s vacation home at 1801 Clark Road on February 11, 2005, are still not entirely known.  Returning home from a friends wedding reception, Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman) are disturbed by a knock at the door. Things turn for the worse as a mysterious family stalks their home and torments the horrified couple as they struggle to survive. Based on a “true” story, will they be able to live though the night and find help in time or will they succumb to the strangers?

First off, there is no real true story of strangers breaking into the Hoyt home and brutally killing Kristen and James. This is all some made up story to embellish the story and entice people to see it, just like The Blair Witch Project. There may be some truth in that occasionally there are strangers who randomly break into homes and murder people but as for what they say, it doesn’t hold up. Now that that’s out of the way, we can get on to the actual film.

It’s your typical horror film. There are stupid people running around doing stupid things that make them look like fools. Common sense is absent in these types of film I presume. It is also very predictable. It’s the same stuff we have seen throughout the horror genre. The family who visits the house does an average job at being the creepy monster type character, rarely speaking and providing a few good spooks here and there. Most of the film is just transitions from no noise to loud bangs to make you jump though. There could also have been more development. I won’t go into any details but by the end of the film, I was left with many questions; and no, why they picked them was not one of my questions.

As a horror film, it does ok but as a film overall, it’s not that scary or entertaining and there are certainly better ones out there. The film does nothing new for the genre except continuing with the same stereotypes that have been present since the beginning. I would save your money and see something different.

Matt Rodriguez
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