Lawrence Fajardo’s The Strangers works because of its twist. The film has countless moments that do not make sense, at least until the twist comes along.
This twist is introduced halfway into the film, rebooting what the viewer knows about the characters so far.
It is understandable why this Metro Manila Film Fest horror film had to have a twist. Among film genres, horror is considered the hardest to do.
It is difficult to terrify audiences. Fear comes from the unfamiliar, and so any director who wants to put up a horror flick must always reinvent the wheel.
The twist is one of the most-utilized techniques to freshen up a horror film. Made popular (but not invented) by director M. Night Shyamalan in the late ’90s through the film The Sixth Sense, it is now one of the most-overused tropes in modern horror.
Sometimes the twist works (The Others, Oldboy) and sometimes it doesn’t (Guni-Guni, Amorosa: The Revenge).
The twist in The Strangers is really quite clever. It makes a lot of sense, and explains away the eerie events and little clues that come before it.
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MMFF REVIEW: The Strangers
by Mark Angelo Ching posted on December 25, 2012