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Old Strangers

USA 2022
produced by
Nick Gregorio (executive), Andrew Marion (executive)
directed by Nick Gregorio
starring Madeleine Humphries, Colton Eschief Mastro, Ted Evans, Nick Gregorio, Andy Riesmeyer (voice), Jaden Labelle (voice)
written by Nick Gregorio, special makeup effects by Kait Matlock

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Sarah (Madeleine Humphries), Danny (Colton Eschief Mastro) and Michael (Ted Evans) were best friends in high school, and Sarah and Michael have even been dating for a while - but that was quite some years ago, and they have only found one another again online during lockdown - and have decided, to escape the loneliness that lockdown brings, to get together at a rented cabin somewhere in the country, to finally see someone else's face again. And at first, this works out really well too, the three are really happy to meet up again, have fun together, and Sarah and Michael even become an item again. But then, during a hike through the woods Danny is stung by something (only the audience learns it's of extraterrestrial origin), and he starts behaving weirdly, which includes staying out all day without telling the others, worrying them sick in the process, being unduly forgetful about his past, and eventually he even has violent fits. That puts a strain on Sarah and Michael and their new-found fondness for one another as well, so much so that Sarah decides to spend a night in her car. But when she returns to the cabin she finds both Danny and Michael gone - and also a puddle of blood ...

 

Storywise, this film seems to be born out of exactly the situation that's its premise, the long and lonely months of lockdown, because it really succeeds in capturing the sentiments of the time and thus makes the rather far-fetched - and essentially (and welcomely) under-explained - science fiction situation feel very real. And thanks to a very relatable trio of leads giving strong performances, and a thriller savvy direction with a focus on creeping suspense, this has turned out to be one very fine piece of genre cinema.

 

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