Tuesday, May 20, 2008



Writer / Director, Bryan Bertino just got very lucky. His first feature, THE STRANGERS, has just been been made this last year and will be finding its way to theatres in wide release on May 30. It is the latest suspense thriller bent on fooling the audience into thinking that what they’re watching is a reenactment of real life events. Far as I can tell, the events that took place on February 11, 2005, at the summer home of James Hoyt and Kristen McKay, the same events that were so horrific they were never revealed to the public, never actually took place. Films inspired by real life events don’t actually have to have any base in real life t get away with the claim. When the films looks as dark, as eerie and as frightening as THE STRANGERS though, what does it matter if it actually happened or not?

Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler play Hoyt and McKay. The couple have just returned from a wedding reception for an evening of romance and celebration. They have retreated to the Hoyt family summer home. It is secluded and out of the way. It is the perfect private spot. Only privacy can lead to more than just romantic marathon lovemaking. While no one may be around to hear your cries of passion, there is also no one to hear your cries for help. It is the vulnerability of Hoyt and McKay that is the most terrifying thing about THE STRANGERS. What are we to do if we can never cast our fears aside long enough to relax?

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