The Strangers (2012 film)

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The Strangers
The Strangers.jpg
Theatrical movie poster
Directed by Lawrence Fajardo
Produced by Joji Alonso
Edgar Mangahas
John Victor Tence
Written by John Paul Bedia
Henry Burgos
John Roque
Armando Lao
Screenplay by John Paul Bedia
John Paul Abellera
Enrico Santos
Starring Julia Montes
Enrique Gil
JM De Guzman
Enchong Dee
Cinematography Louie Quirino
Edited by Lawrence Fajardo
Production
company
  • Quantum Films
  • MJM Productions
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release dates
  • December 25, 2012 (2012-12-25)
Country Philippines
Language
  • Tagalog
  • English
Box office P 31.6 million

The Strangers is a 2012 Filipino teen horror film directed by Lawrence Fajardo. It stars Enchong Dee, Julia Montes, Enrique Gil and JM De Guzman.[1][2] The film is produced by Quantum Films and MJM Productions and distributed by Star Cinema on December 25, 2012. It is also one of the official entries of the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival.

Synopsis[edit]

The story takes places on a family who got lost in a province and start being hunted by The Strangers especially the aswang.[3]

For their 18th birthday, twins Pat and Max (Julia Montes and Enrique Gil) go on their annual out of town family trip, to the far flung oasis of Murcia. Joining them are their parents Roy and Evelyn (Johnny Revilla and Cherry Pie Picache), their grandfather Pete (Jaime Fabregas), his temporary caregiver Paloma (Janice de Belen) and their newly hired family driver, Toning (Nico Antonio). The family members set aside personal differences and go on with the trip, as they look forward to the provincial excursion.

Treading the rough roads of the countryside, their happiness is cut short when their van hits an old lady on the road. Unsure of what happened, the family tries to search for the body but it is nowhere to be found.

With the body missing, and protesting their innocence, Roy quickly asks everyone to go aboard the van and leave the vicinity. The van silently trudges its way along the dusty road but mysteriously stops after a few minutes in the middle of a forested area in Cabitongan. And from then on, as night sets in, the family is hounded by bad luck. Toning is attacked by an unknown creature, Roy goes missing, Lolo Pete becomes impaled by a trap when cornered by a large dog while the rest of the family members are stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Lost and confused, the remaining family members unite but things take a turn for the worst, when they realize that they are trapped in a barrio full of mysterious people headed by Kapitan Tasyo (Art Acuna), his wife Corazon (Tanya Gomez) and their son Crispin (JM de Guzman). Evelyn meets a woman who warns them they're with demons but Corazon dismisses her, telling Paloma and Evelyn that the woman is Tasio's mother and has gone insane. Pat continues to suffer from stomach pains and they see a local albularyo. The men out hunting for Roy and Lolo Pete find a man who warned about a fierce monster attacking his companion.

As they are stuck in the isolated village, a series of aswang attacks begin. Pat finds alliance and connection in the unlikely form of Dolfo (Enchong Dee), an enigmatic young man, but whom the villagers suspect to be evil. Pat follows Dolfo in his cave and helps clean up his wounds. Dolfo tells of his past and how the aswang killed his whole family. The men out searching meets Lolo Pete's cadaver and finds it unusual. They realize they're looking at the remains of the aswang.

Pat, Max and their parents transformed into aswang(black dog). Max kills some men who joined the search while Evelyn kills Corazon while Paloma escapes. Pat attacks Dolfo but in the end kills him. Max succeeds in killing Tasio, in revenge for killing Roy. After a year, their survival was to eat tourists in their business tour.

Cast[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Supporting Cast[edit]

Casting[edit]

After the film was submitted as an official entry to the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival, It was announced that Quantum Films cast Star Magic contract artists including Julia Montes, Enchong Dee and Enrique Gil for the lead roles. Other cast announced includes Janice De Belen, Cherie Pie Picache and Jaime Fabregas.

On October 2012, after the official teaser were released, JM De Guzman and Johnny Revilla were added to the cast.[4]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film was graded "B" by the Cinema Evaluation Board.

Box office[edit]

The film opened at fifth spot out of the eight entries in the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival, grossing with over ₱4.9 million and is behind Sisterakas (₱39.2 million), Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako (₱29.4 million), One More Try (₱13.2 million) and Shake, Rattle & Roll 14: The Invasion (₱10.6 million), which opened first until fourth places.[5]

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