Hey, all! It’s been (another) hot minute since we last spoke. I was going to post my (super late!) 5 Fandom Friday tonight, but alas, another issue came to mind. What once was going to become a “Twitter rant” has now become a full fledged blog post. My drafts were filling up so fast, I figured why not write about it in full length and detail. Okay, so for those that don’t know, back in 2008, I was introduced to a movie called The Strangers by my dad. He showed me the teaser trailer.
It was amazing. It still is amazing. From then on, I was hooked. I followed the movie ever since and long awaited its release… fast forward a bit and it’s release date was here! I went to the theatre and watched every amazing second. It changed the way I look at horror/directing. The Strangers was scary, but on a different level, it was brilliantly written/directed. It made me look at movies in a different light, and yes, of course, I became more obsessed and dug up every fact about the movie (and merch!) I could. I loved The Strangers! Bryan Bertino had created something amazing and really put a breath of fresh air into the horror genre. Was it original for a couple of masked strangers to terrorize their victims? No. Was it done in a brand new, original way? Yes.
But wait, why am I telling you all this? Because right after it’s release, the sequel was announced. The. Sequel. I’ve always been one to be weary of sequel, but with The Strangers, I wasn’t. I followed The Strangers 2 for 7 years… how crazy is that? I was there when it was announced it’d take place in a trailer park and every interview thereafter where we only heard it was in development. Throughout those 7 years, nothing happened. Nothing. I was always a bit disappointed in that fact. Once it got around the 4-5 year bend, I lost hope for it. I also thought it was too late and that the audience they had gained, had moved on.
Well, on January 24th, 2015, The Strangers 2 was officially announced. I came across the article on FB and my heart dropped. (You can read the full announcement here!) I couldn’t believe it. No, seriously, I couldn’t believe it. I was too excited at the idea, but I then remembered how many of “those” articles I’ve read in the past 7 years. Turns out, it was true. A legit sequel was in the works… finally! But as I read more and more into it, I began to worry and worry and worry… I soon became sad. The article and it’s announcement felt like a punch in the gut. A new writer, a new director, a new everything. The only thing original about it is Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Nathan Kahane and Trevor Macy, who are returning to produce. Other than that? Nothing. Yes, the new script will be *based* on Bryan Bertino’s script. That’s a given based on the new movies synopsis/info/whatever you wish to call it, which has written, “This is not The Strangers” all over it.
Ben Ketai (“Chosen”) is the newest writer on the sequel, which follows a family on the verge of sending their troubled teenage daughter to boarding school as they embark on one last family trip to a mobile home park that their uncle runs. Their ast bonding opportunity turns to horror when the teenage children discover the bodies of their aunt and uncle, fresh from a recent visit from the Strangers — Man in the Mask, Pin Up Girl and Dollface. The night becomes a race to escape for the family, as the masked killers take new pleasure in tormenting their victims in this twisted sequel that picks up where the original’s bloody footprints leave off.
Yeah…. this sounds very over done? Is that the correct word I’m looking for. “Twisted” and “Bloody” just don’t resonate with me. It feels as if my beloved Strangers will become/are becoming a commercialized mess. A new Halloween tradition.
Another problem I might have is if Liv Tyler doesn’t make a return. I’d love to know more about her character after the ending of The Strangers. As long as she makes a guest appearance (which was the original plan, if I remember correctly), I’d be happy. Of course, I do say that now. What if the movie is utter garbage? What if it plays on all the Hollywood horror cliche’s? What if?
I’m still not sold on this movie, and until I see footage, I’m not going to be. I’d love to know why Bryan isn’t returning to this world he’s created. I know he’s off doing other horror films, so why not this one? Is it legal reasons? Maybe he just didn’t wish to return and thanks to Hollywood, they’re still going on with it because sequels = money? I would really like to know. I’ve always wanted this sequel, more than any other movie (okay, maybe not The Simpsons), and now that it’s here… I don’t know anymore.
All in all, no matter what happens, good or bad, The Strangers will still be a film that exists and that’s there untouched.