strangersVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.85 (12 ratings)

Genre: Horror, Suspense

Director: Lawrence Fajardo

Writers: John Bedia, JP Abellera, Enrico Santos

Cast: Enchong Dee, Cherry Pie Picache, JM de Guzman, Enrique Gil, Julia Montes, Janice de Belen, Johnny Revilla, Jaime Fabregas, Art Acuna, Nico Antonio, Spanky Manikan, Tanya Gomez

Synopsis: The film follows a family (parents Johnny Revilla and Cherry Pie Picache, twin kids Enrique Gil and Julia Montes, grandfather Jaime Fabregas, and helper Janice de Belen) as they make a roadtrip to Murcia. After a strange encounter on a bridge, their van breaks down in the middle of nowhere. As night falls, the family is welcomed to a nearby village in the middle of the forest. The villagers warn the family of a lone hunter named Dolfo (Enchong Dee) who they suspect is an aswang. But there is something more going on in the woods, and before the night ends, there will come a reckoning. (Click the City)

MTRCB Rating: PG-13

Running time: 100 mins

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Reviews:

3.5          Carljoe Javier (Rappler)

“We have a twist to the whole aswang in the provinces cliche. It isn’t the most brilliant thing out there, but at least The Strangers is trying to do something different.” (Read full review)

3.5          Jessica Zafra (Jessica Rules the Universe)

“There’s no easy laughter here. The outbreaks of violence are shocking and horrific. Director Fajardo and cinematographer Louie Quirino take the viewer into a world where the darkness seethes with a primal menace.” (Read full review)

3.5          Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“It might seem a little familiar—because how many aswang movies do we really we have to sit through—but it serves up the traditional tale with an interesting twist.” (Read full review)

3.0           Mark Angelo Ching (PEP)

“Everything hinges on a twist that’s quite clever, but ultimately limits the movie from a better way to tell its story.” (Read full review)

3.0         Phillip Cu-Unjieng (ABS-CBN News)

“There is something repetitive, and numbing, during the last half hour or so, the set-up being far more entertaining when shafts of humor and irony were evident.” (Read full review)

3.0         Cinerama Etcetera

The Strangers is a slow moving horror, but it managed to tell a whole story and, execution-wise, it was not too shabby.” (Read full review)

3.0          Fred Hawson (Fred Said)

“Overall though, it was okay, quite entertaining. It had all the requisites:  the dark jungle setting, the violent aswangs on the attack, the gruesome booby traps, the gory corpses, the sudden jump music effects.” (Read full review)

2.5          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“Incredible production values and mostly strong acting do offer much to ease the pain of the twist, all of it adding up to a decidedly mixed experience.” (Read full review)

2.5          Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“Lawrence Fajardo’s The Strangers puts a novel spin on the aswang myth—but, it takes forever to get to its shocking twist.”

2.5          Jansen Musico (Pelikula Tumblr)

“the suspense doesn’t hold well as the film’s gimmicks begin to give way to its too thinly stretched twist, betrayed by too many foreshadowing devices.” (Read full review)

2.5          Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“While the twist worked, it’s not enough to leave you breathless since the rest of the story was too weak to pull that one off. But I’d give them props for even trying.” (Read full review)

2.5          Regine Cabato (Katipunan)

“The opening unfolds cleanly enough, but the film’s momentum trips over its clumsily written script. The film takes so much pride in its twist that the deliberate foreshadowing ruins it.” (Read full review)

2.0          Bum-Spot

“The supposed twist was very obvious 3 minutes after Enrique and Julia came on the scene. You can also delete Enchong’s character and plotline in this movie and you won’t notice any difference.” (Read full review)