'The Strangers' (Universal)
Director: Bryan Bertino
Cast: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman
You’d think people would have learnt by now not to visit lonely houses - every other film seems to bring us people who find themselves being terrorized by unseen forces in lonely houses … this one is no different.
Here we have troubled Kirsten (Tyler) and James (Speedman) fetching up at his parents’ isolated summerhouse where a teenage girl comes calling. James sends her packing but soon she returns with a couple of masked and manic friends.
Who are they and what do they want … and why do Kristen and James keep doing stupid things like investigating strange noises and leaving one another alone at moments of danger?
We have here a film in which style overcomes substance – lots of dark brooding scenes, lots of figures flitting about – but not enough to really freeze the blood.
Star Rating: 2/5