Friday, May 30, 2008
The Strangers claims to be based on a true story, a disputable fact that is ultimately irrelevant. (So irrelevant I have not bothered to expend the thirty seconds on Google necessary to verify.) If it’s true, it’s precisely true enough to 1) have some “this could happen to you” resonance, and 2) not true enough to require paying anyone for the rights to the story. “Cheap” is how modern mainstream horror movies roll, and so long as you’re going for that 1970’s feel—which The Strangers most assuredly does—“cheap” verisimilitude is just fine. Part of the fun, even.