The Strangers

2 out of 5 stars
Liv Tyler in the Strangers
Photograph: Universal Pictures

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
An unacknowledged Hollywood remake of the French horror movie ‘Them’ –  in which a couple in a remote holiday home are terrorised by a trio of nocturnal attackers – this suspense film by first-time writer-director Bryan Bertino initially squeezes some surprisingly effective scares out of familiar elements. Sadly, the scenario quickly becomes attenuated and unbelievable.

Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, having fallen out over a refused marriage proposal, spy barely glimpsed figures in Kewpie doll, Scarecrow and Betty Boop masks looming out of shadows – and the banging, frightening and chasing starts.

Tyler looks suitably vulnerable throughout; Speedman is hamstrung by his character’s penchant for dumb, self-endangering behaviour. It all goes utterly pear-shaped when Speedman’s pal turns up before dawn, while the ‘Funny Games’-derived coda vainly strives for an intellectual weight that the film has not earned.

By: Nigel Floyd



Release details

Release date:
Friday August 29 2008
85 mins

Cast and crew

Bryan Bertino
Bryan Bertino
Liv Tyler
Scott Speedman
Gemma Ward
Kip Weeks
Laura Margolis
Glenn Howerton
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