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“The Strangers: Chapter 1”: a horror story anchored in prejudices

The film is a version of the one released in 2008

“The Strangers: Chapter 1” debuted in theaters this week. The film dusts off the film of the same name by 2008 telling the same story with a new cast. Apart from this, another novelty that frames it is that the conflict will be discovered in three parts.

Starring this time Madelaine Petsch (“Riverdale”) and Froy Gutiérrez (“Teen Wolf”), “The Strangers” imitates its predecessor in the image and likeness. In fact, it maintains the essence of the one written and directed by Bryan Bertino, who had Liv Tayler and Scott Speedman in his cast almost two decades ago.

But from that first version, which had attributes to scare, the new one arrives only to repeat itself. In 2018, the issue was already deflating with the debut of “The Strangers: Night Hunt”, a second version in which a family was the target of the murderers.

As if that were not enough, in 2024 we will once again seek to put on the table the distance that exists between the modern and the old, between the city and the countryside, or even the progressive and the conservative.

Or at least that's what it seems in the central conflict that is exposed and faced by this young, beautiful and almost perfect couple. They come from a big city to annoy with their simple presence the inhabitants of a small town called Venus (located in Oregon, United States) that resists the passage of time and everything that smells of novelty.

The young people travel to Portland to celebrate their fifth anniversary, but their escape from the city chaos will take them directly to a wild and irrational environment. Something that could be interesting if the film didn't just stick to the usual scares.

Despite this, it is not the worst version nor is it an unbearable adventure. In fact, if you haven't seen any of the previous ones to date, you may find it charming. Even from the work of its protagonists who work as a couple.

Tension and screams

In the plot, these young people (Maya and Ryan) who look successful, liberal and friendly are forced to rent a cabin in the middle of the forest. Their trip will be frustrated when they are victims of a breakdown in their vehicle that will force them to spend the night there. A place that clearly stops being the dream scenario of two lovebirds eager to misbehave and becomes a terrifying nightmare.

And this geographical isolation will be perfect for three masked killers to come to the cabin to harass and attack the young people for no reason.

Something that is supported by the red numbers that appear at the beginning of the film and show the brutal murders that are committed in the United States. Despite these disturbing figures, the film warns that the viewer is about to witness one of the most terrible recorded to date.

Something that is not fully exposed because during the plot, in that game of cat and mouse, the attacks are few. Let's say that the viewer suffers while he sees these young people looking for a way to escape from a group that is cooking their attack over low heat.

To make the viewer jump out of their seat, they constantly seek to use the surprise factor. But the slow pace of the attacks causes the tension to focus on a fear that is sometimes present and sometimes forgotten. Especially because of the nonsense that young people usually recreate in the midst of such terrifying moments.

Directed by Renny Harlin, with a duration of 91 minutes, the motivations and objectives that lead the masked men to act brutally are unknown. The same as the decisions of its protagonists to do everything without logic or common sense. Maybe it'll be left for the next one.

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