Blogger's note: Minor Spoilers for this movie.
Like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this movie is based on true events...you know, with the characters, location and plot being entirely fictional. Following a marriage proposal that doesn’t end well, Kristen McKay and James Hoylt return home to talk about their feelings for a good twenty minutes, giving me the impression I had mistakenly bought a romance film. Suddenly, their awkward dialogue is interrupted by the arrival of the 'Strangers', a group of mysterious hooded figures who want to terrorize and murder them. Why? Because…there’s nothing better to do on a Thursday night I guess. Actually, considering that Liv Tyler stars in this, I can think of one possible reason.
The antagonists use atmosphere very well, giving the impression that they are more powerful than they actually are. Which is lucky for them, because a man, woman and child armed only with knives are trying to terrorize two fully capable people, one of whom is armed with a shotgun. Later it is revealed that they do this sort of activity often, so I have to wonder how many times they can actually get away with it.