Quaid here. Watching The Last House on the Left this weekend reminded me of the home invasion horror film The Strangers. Both are about realistic violence and both are shot in a “we’re gritty and real but crazy artsy and oddly beautiful” way. It’s the way horror movies are going nowadays.
So it’s somewhat fitting that today The Strangers pops back onto our radar. Seems the first film is getting a sequel (no surprise), and the name being thrown around to direct it (according to Bloody Disgusting) is French music video and commercial director Laurent Briet. Bryan Bertino, the original film’s director, wrote the script for this one. The story apparently takes place in a trailer park.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the original. I like the idea of people just showing up to torment you with no motive, but there were so many logic holes and options to escape that the movie fell a little flat. And it seemed to have high hopes of transcending the slasher genre and becoming idea driven. It fails to do so. As well made as it is, it ends up being a fairly straightforward slasher film with an ending that reeeaaallllly wants you to take it more seriouly than it deserves. But it was well done and somewhat frightening (but quite redundant at times).
The trailer park idea intrigues me, though. Have we ever seen a slasher film in this setting? If so, I need to see it immediately.