Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers was one of this summer’s pleasant surprises (depending on your definition of the word “pleasant”, I suppose), and as far as horror movies go, it was one of my favourites so far this year. I kind of wrote it off initially because it was just supposed to be an American remake of the French film Ils (although there are plenty of similarities, it didn’t turn out to be the case), and also because it starred Liv Tyler. However, I found the minimalist style both eerie and effective, and although I felt thoroughly beat up by the end, it’s safe to say that the movie did its job quite well. Even Liv Tyler made a believer out of me, and also apparently the folks at Rogue Pictures, who were so pleased with the film that they’ve now greenlit a sequel.
When a movie costs $9 million to make and it grosses $55 million, I guess it’s just simple math really. Bryan Bertino is currently writing the script, which will once again star Liv Tyler along some of the same antagonists, although I’m hoping there will be a new spin on it… perhaps a revenge flick? Bertino is not yet confirmed to be directing the sequel, however, since he is also planning to direct two new thrillers, Black and Alone. Here’s to hoping it will hold up to the original.