It’s either a remake or a ripoff, right?
I will never believe that the writer/director hasn’t seen all the recent French horror films; The Strangers looks like a remake of *Ils *with elements from Inside/À l’intérieur and Frontier(s)/Frontière(s). In the extras, somebody, a producer or somebody, says that The Strangers is an entirely new kind of horror film, unlike anything ever done before. Yeah . . . in English. And then the director says he was going for the opposite of the traditional horror film, in which there’s a big, like, haunted house, which people approach from outside. This one, the horror is inside the house. Um . . . like most of the horror movies made in the last, what, 30 years?
What rock do these guys want us to believe they just crawled out from under?
That said, The Strangers is pretty good.