The Strangers Director Turns to This Man…

The Strangers Director Turns to This Man...One of the recent favorites around the Dread Central offices is Bryan Bertino’s home invasion flick The Strangers. It’s a mean little bastard of a film, packed with enough suspense for five movies. Since then we’ve been looking forward to seeing what’s next for the writer/director. And we finally have our answer.

Bertino will direct This Man for Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures. According to Raimi the project is “a hair-raising story that will be sure to delight horror fans.” The protagonist is an ordinary man who discovers that people he has never met have somehow seen him in their nightmares. Ghost House has acquired rights to a website that was created by Italian sociologist Andrea Natella to connect those who saw the actual man in their dreams.

Sounds good. Bertino seems to have a firm grip on how to extract scares from an audience, and it’s very refreshing to see a young and promising director marching forward with new material. Here’s hoping that Ghost House has chosen to follow the spectacular Drag Me to Hell with another quality flick and no more meowing children in its future.


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  • Didn’t See It Coming

    I liked The Strangers. With the exception of the part where the friend walks through the house not identifying himself I was into the whole thing.

    Them, on the other hand, had me until the final act. What a let-down.

  • Terminal

    “The Strangers” was such a fun and entertaining little horror flick and I love the ending how they never showed the killers faces. It sucks they’re ruining the whole concept by turning it in to a franchise, but that’s show business baby. It’s definitely one of my favorite horror films of the last few years.

    “Them” is better though. I suggest watching that.
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Vanvance1

    The Strangers was a generic weak movie.

    It’s saving grace was an amazing blu ray loss less audio mix that created a fantastic sound stage with some masterful directional f/x.

    If you can’t see it with the blu ray audio track it’s not worth your time.

  • justplaindoug

    Eh…guys- I don’t meant to nitpick, but a favorite around the office? Didn’t you guys absolutely tear this film a new asshole on dinner for fiends. Mocking every character decision made by speedman and tyler? (which I agree with you guys completely)

    I thought this was pretty terrible and didn’t think it was begging for a sequel…but since when does demand or logic dictate these things?

    • Masked Slasher

      Hahaha, well that’s what I get for speaking for my colleagues.

      • justplaindoug

        Sorry, wasn’t trying to be a shit- I honestly didn’t know if the DFF crew felt differently than other members of the staff- or if feelings for it had softened over time.

  • Floydian Trip

    Ghost House Pictures is generally as bad as Dark Castle, imo. Dark Castle movies have a much higher production value though.

  • FireRam

    Um,I didn’t think “The Strangers” was all that suspenseful. I was rather bored, and hoped it would pick up, get to a point, reveal something like an “aw fuck” moment, or just end. It ended. That’s about it. I did however after watching it make it a point to watch “Them”. I thought the french (bar the subs, I hate sub-titles) version was much better.

    • The Woman In Black

      Yeah, The Strangers lost me when the couple separated, but Bertino seems to have a bright future ahead so hopefully he won’t be bogged down with script problems this go-around.

    • Floydian Trip

      I didn’t finish The Strangers actually it got pretty lame as it went on. The beginning of the movie was decent.

      I hate dubs.

      • Verdugo

        Have you seen Them, FT? Only around an hour long, so the suspense is much more sustained than The Strangers.