This film is Inspired by true events experienced by Bryan Bertino (who directed and wrote this) as well as the true crime book Helter Skelter.
Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman play a couple on the rocks that stay in a relative’s house after a wedding. The storyline settles in with who the characters are and then moves on to some mysterious (and really creepy) “strangers” that start to terrorize them. The pacing is interesting in terms of how the film builds.
I won’t go any further than that as I don’t want to spoil what happens. The thing is, it’s a creepy and disturbing film. You get caught up in what’s going on and just how brutal the experience becomes for them. I found myself rooting for them as both actors put in compelling performances.
The way the strangers are crafted with their masks, their presence and how they do what they do is well orchestrated and believe-able, which is one of the things that makes it so damn hard to watch. What’s funny is that at first I didn’t like it, and then I understood WHY which is that it bothered me afterwards, which is the sign of a film that’s well made, when it stays with you and why it stays with you after watching it.
This film does that, it stays with you.
Watch it close together with someone else on the couch next to you.
reviewed by Sean McKnight