The Strangers | Chicago Reader

The Strangers

Young lovers Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, arriving at his parents' remote summer home after a wedding, are terrorized in the wee hours by three masked assailants whose motives are never explained. Making his debut as writer-director, Bryan Bertino exploits all the old horror standbys—the phony based-on-a-true-story preface, the knock on the door in the dead of night, the eerily skipping record on the turntable, the malevolent figure glimpsed in soft focus over the heroine's shoulder. There's nothing remotely new here, but the movie has the taut, queasy feel of an early 70s drive-in shocker: old-fashioned suspense without any guarantee of old-fashioned mercy.


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