The Strangers in the Night

by on May.16, 2008, under I'm poor, The Strangers, Thriller


Nothing fills people with dread more than the words ‘based on a true story.’
It was this claim that instilled absolute terror at the mere mention of Amityville. Even the director of the live action Scooby Doo movie scored a huge horror hit with his remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which was based on the original TCM movie instead of the story of Edward Gein. As far from the truth as that movie was, it still served to scare the hell out of a lot of people. I’ll admit the original still freaks me out. But that’s horror.

The trailer for the new thriller The Strangers is pretty intense and it looks scary as hell. I love the use of a creaking rusty swingset and a skipping record to jump though quick cuts of this poor couple terrorized by anonymous, masked, psychopathic strangers. Its very effective, and different than the LOUD BOOM! FLASH! SAME VOICEOVER FOR EVERY SINGLE MOVIE! trend which has become the predictable thriller trailer trick.

The Strangers really is based on a true story. There were three murders that night. Two bodies were found bludgeoned and stabbed to death in a resort cabin, and three years later 95 miles away, the remains of their 13 year old daughter were unearthed. The case is still unsolved, and there were never any suspects. The killings were totally random and not premeditated. That’s scary, and it’s what makes even the idea of this film unnerving. Its definitely on the must see list.

If nothing else, this film should help out frugal vacationers by knocking down the price of cottage rentals at Keddie Resort in Plumas County, California.

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