QuoteReplyTopic: Scary Enough to Make You...GIGGLE! Posted: October 27 2008 at 12:59pm
After returning from a wedding reception, a couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple find themselves in a violent struggle, in which they go beyond what either of them thought capable in order to survive.
I was doubtful yet excited to see this movie. In the end, this movie doesn't really do it for me. It's just really disappointing because the trailer for the film makes it to be something much more thrilling and suspenseful. I found the pacing to be so slow that this movie bored me to tears. I found the tone of the film to be so dull that there were barely any scares to keep me interested. I found the atmosphere of the movie to be so boring and quiet that--you get what I mean.
Some clichés are still here, although not a lot. The strangers are like fast traveling ghosts who can appear in a scene and disappear in a split second. Yeah, that annoyed me quite a bit. However, I feel sympathy towards the protagonists. This film has much better character development than most. Let me add this: Barely anything happens in this hour and a half film. That's the biggest complaint coming from me. Yeah, I'm exaggerating but, I kid you not, the ball does not get rolling in this movie at all.
What did I like about the movie? Probably the first thirty or so minutes. Why? It was promising. That's until I realized right after that, the plot went nowhere. Seriously, think of the strangers banging and messing the protagonist's minds for the first half of the film. In the next half, think of people running, hiding, screaming...the movie was spinning its wheels after that.
What I hope would be an at least decent, scary film turned out to be so boring and uninteresting that I was disappointed. The performances were decent, at best. Overall, this film is not worth your time. Horror fans may be severely disappointed and the film is just not suspenseful nor scary. The best you can get out of this movie is its trailer. 5/10
Saw this. The opening was brilliant. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is AWFUL! The charactors got really dumb towards the end. As the charactors got dumber, I got angrier. When it mercifully ended, I stormed out of the theater, threw my 1/3 empty soda out, and muttered obscenities under my breath.
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I thumbed through the future releases at Box Office Mojo, and noticed there was far, far fewer horror films being released. At this point, there's barely enough horror films being released, forget being bad enough,between now and December 31st to justify a Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie category.
Using "horror" loosely, we have coming up: The Strangers Stuck Mother of Tears The Happening Hellboy II Baghead Mirrors Blindness (Omega Man and I Am Legend with a different affliction) Quarantine Saw V
Not counting the upcoming The Strangers and The Happening, we are currently considering five horror films: One Missed Call The Eye Shutter The Ruins Prom Night (2008)
Could the industry have curtailed horror movies (after the poor quality of the last few years, we could only hope), or might they be waiting until horror movies are in the can before announcing their release dates?
WHEN WILL HOLLYWOOD LEARN THAT CHURNING OUT 57 of THIS KIND of MOVIE EVERY YEAR, YEAR-AFTER-YEAR, ONLY RESULTS in HALF of the DVDs in the REMAINDER BINS at WAL-MART BEING HORROR MOVIES?? AND THIS ONE LOOKS ALMOST AS SCARY AS...THE LAST FAILED HORROR ATTEMPT...
FROM a FIRST-TIME DIRECTOR WHOSE ONLY PREVIOUS CREDITS ARE MINOR ROLES in TWO FORGOTTEN FILMS (and DOUBLING AS a GAFFER ON ONE of THEM) THE STRANGERS PRESENTS ITSELF as a CLEVER, LOW-BUDGET SHRIEK-FEST. BUT EARLY WORD-of-MOUTH (and the STILL BELOW) BELY THAT CLAIM.
NOW IT's YOUR TURN to SHRIEK RIGHT BACK!!
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