Terror inducing home-invasion thriller The Strangers, the 2008 debut film from writer-director Bryan Bertino (Mockingbird, The Monster), stars Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings, The Leftovers) and Scott Speedman (Underworld, Animal Kingdom) as a couple terrorised by masked attackers. Garnering cult status since its release, The Strangers now arrives as a Limited-Edition Blu-ray box set from Second Sight Films on 28 September 2020 and the team at Second Sight have done a fantastic job at putting together a wonderful set of things for us to experience.
After a proposal gone wrong at a friend’s wedding, what should have been a romantic getaway for Kristen (Liv Tyler) and James (Scott Speedman) is disturbed by a 4am knock on the door and a thus begins a terrifying invasion of their home by three strangers in disguise. Named for their nightmarish masks, Man in the Mask (Kip Weeks – Ragged Isle), Dollface (Gemma Ward – The Great Gatsby), and Pin-up Girl (Laura Margolis – Dirty Sexy Money), the crazy trio have brutality, terror, and torture (physical and psychological ) in mind and the couple are at their mercy, but who are they and what is their motive? Why have they chosen Kiristen and James? and will we find out?
The special edition release from Second Sight is a great package, and with a wonderful restoration of the film and a host of brand-new special features, including an extended cut which runs a couple of minutes longer than the (also included in the blu ray) theatrical cut, deleted scenes and new interviews with Liv Tyler and Laura Margolis, director Bryan Bertino and editor Kevin Greutert (Titanic, The Saw Franchise) which total to over two and a half hours giving you one of the best looks at the making of The Strangers that you will be able to find anywhere. The set arrives complete with new artwork and poster, and a soft cover book with new essays by Anton Bitel and Mary Beth McAndrews plus stills and behind-the-scenes images. The film itself is one of the modern classics and whilst the 2018 ‘sequel’ doesnt hold a candle to this 2008 film, thankfully the ‘sequel’ also doesnt ruin the enjoyment of this film. Home Invasion films always freak me out, especially when done well and The Strangers is certainly one of the best ones around, Greta performances, creepy house invaders and great direction from Bryan Bertino makes for a great nights viewing, Just make sure you lock the doors and close the curtains (and put out the lights)