|Reviewed on 2008-06-23|
|Received|| out of 4 stars|
|Genre||Horror / Mystery / Thriller|
| “The Strangers” is a disturbing and scary flick with plenty of thrills and chills. The plot centers on a vacationing couple staying at an isolated getaway home. Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler), is one of the victims who retreated to the home for the evening with her estranged boyfriend James Hoyt (Scott Speedman). The couple had just come from a friend’s wedding and apparently had a disagreement. Their relationship became divided after Kristen did not accept James’ proposal. They are very distraught over their feelings and just want the evening to end. Little do they know that their relationship is just the start of their worries.
After arguing over the proposal, the pair decides it is best if James heads home in the morning. During their discussion there is a strong knock at the door, a knock so strong that it shakes the whole house. Upon answering the door, it is a petite female asking for someone who is not at their resident and they turn her away. Some time goes by and James offers to go to the local convenience store for Kristen, to pick up some cigarettes. While he is gone the house comes under attack. The doors and windows are banged on and soon Kristen feels the presence of someone in the room, and quickly uses her cell phone to call James and tell him of her concerns, begging him to return home. Once James returns home there is no chaos however that does not last for long.
The strangers quickly invade the house and capture the duo. Will they survive the invasion or will they be victims of a horrendous crime? This film does not have the shock value of many other horror films, which was a pleasant surprise for my taste. It is scary in the sense that this could this really happen. Home invasions happen every day and violent acts are commonly shown on the news, that you find yourself frightened of the possibility. Performances were good by both Tyler and Speedman in this suspenseful horror flick. I was lucky to see it at a local drive in, as it set the mood perfectly. Start the summer with this scary flick.
Review By: Jolene Mendez