Wednesday, November 11, 2009


The Strangers came out last year, and I've just caught up to it. It's remarkably stripped-down, almost flat: couple terrorized in an isolated house by nameless, silent people. Very rarely do I get genuinely nervous watching a film.
While it wobbles a little bit - the last quarter meandering into commoner tropes - the first three acts unspool beautifully while slowly, and expertly, building dread - the soul of true horror.

1 comment:

John said...

I mostly agree. The first half was pretty potent. After that it began to feel a little too familiar, especially the fate of the friend. The ending should have been powerfully horrible, but something about it just fell kinda flat, maybe the leads weren't convincingly terrified. Not bad as recent US horror goes, though.