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THE STRANGERS' Bryan Bertino Takes THIS MAN To Sam Raimi's Ghost House!

Beaks here...

When Bryan Bertino's THE STRANGERS hit theaters in May of 2008, it was a welcome (if modest) return to the atmospheric, widescreen horror films of my youth. Alas, it was also a very brief return, because I haven't seen anything like it since. Though it ultimately played like a calling card movie, I couldn't help but look forward to Bertino's next feature - which seemed assured when THE STRANGERS performed stronger than expected at the box office. It took a couple of years, but, according to Deadline New York's Michael Fleming, Bertino's second feature is a go with Sam Raimi's Ghost House production company. It's called THIS MAN, and it's based on a viral phenomenon orchestrated by sociologist Andrea Natella, which has something to do with people all over the world dreaming of Harvey Pekar. Bertino's film will be about the dream man, who has no idea he's turning up in people's nightmares. All joking aside, this sounds like the perfect antidote to Platinum Dunes' botch of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. It could also be the first internet meme made into a motion picture. That's a little troubling, but if it gets Bertino back behind the camera, I'm all for it. If he can keep his head above water in Hollywood, I guarantee he'll make a truly great horror film in the next ten years.

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  • May 5, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    I don't think we need...

    by unkempt_sock

    an antidote to Nightmare remake. It did it's job fairly decently.

  • May 5, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    So I'm not the only one who dreams of

    by seppukudkurosawa

    a Harvey Pekar lookalike tapdancing in the nude? God, you don't know how comforting that is to me! I mean, if everyone has that same dream, I can't be gay, right? Otherwise the world wouldn't be all over-populated and everything.

  • May 5, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    The STRANGERS...

    by MainMan2001

    had zero play and I HAVE NO CLUE WHY!!!!! It was one of the best movies of it's kind. It was actually scary and a seriously fucked up ending that didn't feel exploitive but an ending a truly amazing horror movie warranted.

  • May 5, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    but...this was just a hoax by a marketing campaign

    by BadMrWonka

    it was completely, does this mean that back in 2006 when they started it, they were actually laying the groundwork for a movie deal 4 years down the line? because if so, that is fucking GENIUS.<p>if not, well...I guess there are plenty of rubes out there, right?

  • May 5, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    i know that man !! he owes me 50 bucks

    by ominus

    you bastard,i want my money back.

  • May 5, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Hilarious Website!

    by fiester

    I've never heard of this phenomena. It sounds like extreme bullshit to me, something akin to those people who think they are changelings or shadow people, etc., but this one dream description had me laughing: <p> "I have never had homosexual relationships or even fantasies. But I dream about having sexing with this man all the time. I must admit he has a lot of imagination and he pleases me. Sometimes when I wake up I discover I have had a nocturnal emission."

  • May 5, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    The strangers was rediculous.

    by skywise404

    Come stand in my yard in the middle of the night with a mask on and see whats gonna happen to you.

  • May 5, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    The Strangers was mostly garbage

    by umbral_shadow_

    But I agree Bertino has a little horror talent but needs to be steered in the right direction by a great horror talent (like Raimi). If left to his own devices he'll flounder.

  • May 5, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    THIS MAN looks like...

    by m_reporter

    ... that backwards talking midget from David Lynch's Twin Peaks. I used to have nightmares of him as a kid, after watching some Twin Peaks episodes. Him and Bob... Bob was a creepy fucker.

  • May 5, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Fuck Machete!

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 5, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    What does "the boarder crossed us" even mean?

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 5, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    I don't even know what

    by unkempt_sock

    a "boarder" is. You're gonna have to figure that one out yourself.

  • May 5, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    I guess I forgot you never made a mistake.

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 5, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Funny Games is better.

    by future help

    The Strangers is ok.

  • May 5, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Strangers was amazing right up until he shoots his friend

    by IndustryKiller!

    And then the movie becomes a nigh unwatchable hodgepodge of horror movie cliches and devolves into bullshit. Sad, cause that first 45 min or so are awesome.

  • May 5, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    that is the main problem I have with the Strangers

    by future help

    as well. First 45 min is awesome.

  • May 5, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Beaks - a $32 million opening wkd is not a "botch"


    Nightmare On Elm Street did exactly what it was supposed to do -- open big and go for the cash grab before IM2 drops.

  • May 5, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    by Larry Sellers

    "This guy gave me a rim job in a NYC taxi cab comming back from G-Town. His name is Jeffery!"<p> Well after this movie there will be plenty of people dreaming or implanting memories of their own dreams about this guy. I think it's hilarious how many people have posted that "Oh yea! Now I remember..." Sure you do.

  • May 5, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    I seen that "This Man" before

    by TheJudger

    He's has several personas when depicted as a cartoon character. One is the mascot for the Celtics. When they age his cartoon form up, He's Mr Magoo, and if he dyes his hair red he becomes this guy named "Lucky" who enjoys hiding cereal from kids. He was an actor in his human form. He only stared in 5 films in human form and all of them were nominated for Oscars. Sadly his human form caught cancer and died, he was an amazing actor.

  • May 5, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    He gave me a rim job, too, in my dream - then


    I realized that his mouth had actually been sewn to my asshole so he had to eat my shit when I defecated...

  • May 5, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    OH geeze Beaks, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST. was good.

    by Mike_D

    get over it.

  • May 5, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    This man needs to direct the next Halloween

    by Kammich

    "The Strangers" was everything that a good "Halloween" film could and should be. I'm in the minority of those who actually enjoyed Rob Zombie's take(s) on the franchise, only because they were a fresh, if not interesting, take on a growingly stale property. but if Akkad had any sense, he'd dump that fucking hack Patrick Lussier and give the reigns of the next Halloween film to Bryan Bertino.

  • May 5, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    I know the backstory but.....

    by OutlawsDelejos

    how do you make a film about it without coming off as stupid? Interesting though.......

  • May 5, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Akkad (the son now, dad is dead) doesn't have control...

    by JuanSanchez

    over that. Bob and Harvey do.

  • May 5, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    ah, my bad

    by Kammich

    the Weinsteins made a pretty inspired choice with Rob Zombie, then. well, maybe inspired isn't the best choice of words... ballsy? and the initially proposed directors of Halloween 2(before Zombie jumped back on board), Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, were equally inspired. thats why it is all the more disappointing that Patrick Lussier was the choice for part 3. I know he has a past with the Weinsteins, but i'll be damned if he hasn't made some of the most shallow, predictable and damn-near unwatchable slasher films of the last decade. not to mention the tonal shift from someone like Zombie to someone like Lussier just makes no god damned sense to begin with. someone like Bertino would be so, so much better.

  • May 6, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    movies based on internet memes?

    by The_Crimson_King

    so is it only a matter of time till we see PEDOBEAR: THE MOVIE, DESU: THE MOTION PICTURE and COCK MONGLER: I'LL SUCK YOUR COCK?

  • May 6, 2010, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by The_Crimson_King

  • May 6, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Sean Connery stars in YTMND: THE MOVIE

    by The_Crimson_King

  • May 6, 2010, 12:48 a.m. CST

    oh shit, I looked at the photo

    by The_Crimson_King

    am I gonna start seeing that creepy looking fucker in my dreams now? fuck you internet

  • May 6, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST


    by The_Crimson_King

    would be "this summer, you will get the Amber Lamps"

  • May 6, 2010, 2:26 a.m. CST

    ...isnt that the times square bomber?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • May 6, 2010, 6:09 a.m. CST

    The Strangers

    by MakNeil

    was perhaps one of the most over-rated films I have seen in quite awhile (nor Cloverfield over-rated, but close). Suspense is all well and good, but when that suspense comes about from the result of really stupid decisions, then you have to wonder. I recall (I haven't seen the film recently) when the killers somehow appeared in the house, which went unexplained. The couple being terrorized somehow not only never clued in to this little fact, but the idea of even attempting to secure the house somehow never occurred to them. It was indeed suspenseful, but unfortunately little else.

  • May 6, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST

    «The Nazi Officer's Wife»....any news???or aint that cool?

    by theDannerDaliel

  • May 6, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by Buffalo500

    was a really awful film, ok pretty decent suspense for the first 1/2 hour but went downhill very fast after that. Derivative crap.

  • May 6, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST


    by MrCarrot

    Was a bad remake of the Euro film "The Others" which is not only better on a far lower budget, but shows that this director is talentless if he can screw up a remake even in the shot for shot scenes.

  • May 6, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST


    by Buffalo500

    Was that French film not called “Them”. I was not impressed by that either…spoiler – couple in isolated house get terrorised by unruly youths, youths kill couple, end of film.

  • May 6, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST


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  • May 6, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    So sasago.....

    by Toilet_Terror

    do you dream of this man? That's pretty much what you're gonna get here...

  • May 6, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST


    by MrCarrot

    Yes its the same film, it just had a couple of names on the arthouse circuit. Not a great movie but it makes more sense. Scrawny French arty types get preyed on by savage Romanian children. I do not believe buff americans can get overpowered by teens. Adding the gun destroys any tension.

  • May 6, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Gah The Strangers SUCKED

    by D.Vader

    So much for being "realistic and believable" like the pre-hype claimed. Everyone acted like a fucking moron in that movie. I'll give him this one credit though: Some of the shots were very well directed to get the maximum creepiness and scare factor out of them. But that's it.

  • May 6, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    What REALLY fucking pissed me off about The Strangers...

    by D.Vader

    Is when Liv Tyler is alone, she gets terrorized and eve finds out that someone has been in the house. <p> When her boyfriend comes home and she tells him what happened, and is obviously freaking the FUCK out, what does he do? He doesn't fucking believe her. Just chalks it up to nerves or imagination or stupid bullshit like that. <p> If I came home and my gf was flipping out and terrified bc someone was messing with her and had maybe entered the house, I'd grab the gun, the knives, call 911, get in the car, and fucking leave. <p> Give me a break.

  • May 6, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    The Strangers...SUCKED

    by robert.thekilled

    I was there. I paid for that shit. I know horror. 'The Ruins' was so much better earlier that year.

  • May 6, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST


    by robert.thekilled

    See that film.

  • May 6, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    There's something I hate about The Ruins too though

    by D.Vader

    NOBODY tried to set fire to the damn thing! They've got a lantern! Why not even try! Stupid stupid stupid!

  • May 6, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by robert.thekilled


  • May 6, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    They could have at least tried to do it... no spoilers here

    by D.Vader

    And then had the flame blow out, ya know? That'd actually be pretty crazy/creepy.

  • May 6, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by robert.thekilled

    Excellent thought. I can see that! The film sure had a lot of 'admirable' qualities throughout. It wasn't a retread of the WB! You know? I 'actually' cared about the characters. ...and not to hit a spoiler, but, what the hell did she do the world by escaping?!?! Sequel?

  • May 6, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    The Strangers

    by Reckoner

    was better than 95% of all the other horror crap that gets flung our way. All the haters can suck it!

  • May 6, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Haters can suck it?

    by D.Vader

    Dude, The Strangers had moments of total unbelievability, just like the rest of the "other horror crap that gets flung our way".

  • May 6, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Strangers and Them....

    by bobbofatz

    average. Totally agree that the Ruins was way underrated. If you are a little high at the time of viewing, those plants will creep ya the fuck out.

  • May 6, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    You want horror?

    by Fist Dirtbox

    Bustillo & Maury's Inside (A L'interieur) is in a class by itself, and yet of all the stuff that followed Haute Tension its got the lowest profile. Thankfully it means we won't be subjected to a piss-weak remake, so its not all bad.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    The Ruins book is tons better

    by Reckoner

    The talking plants somehow didn't translate as freaky in the movie, but funny. The book was awesome.

  • May 6, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    The Ruins

    by Kammich

    i think the overall film was above average at the end of the day, but it will ALWAYS have my respect for one of the ballsier scenes in recent memory. where the med student has to break that dudes legs with a rock, sever both legs completely off with a small knife, and when you don't think they'll push it any further... he cauterizes the wounds with a fucking frying pan! so, so, so awesome. and bobbofatz: a little high? shit, man, i was more than a little high when I saw that movie and it definitely added to the experience. in fact, weed always adds to the experience, especially with horror and sci-fi flicks.

  • May 6, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Fist Dirtbox

    by Kammich

    agreed, man. there are some really brutal french gore-fests like "High Tension" and "Frontiere(s)," but they are nowhere near the level of psychologically fucking your brain like "Inside." as I mentioned earlier in this TB, Bustillo and Maury were the Weinstein's first choice to replace Rob Zombie as the helmers of Halloween 2. its fun to imagine what they might have come up with... but apparently something was getting lost in the translation and the first script they produced was immediately panned by the Weinsteins.

  • May 6, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    The Strangers and Funny Games suck

    by liljuniorbrown

    Both were pretty unrealistic to me. I appreciate what the director of The Strangers was trying to do and how it was shot but over all movies like that just piss people off. Funny Games in particular was stupid beyond belief. In my mind there is a better chance of the events in IronMan 2 taking place in reality than a couple of dumb ass kids coming into my house to torture me and jab me with a knife until I bleed out.Maybe it's because I was born and raised in a part of America where most people own guns. Case in point last year three 16-17 year old thug types followed an a guy home from an atm on halloween night. Story goes(as told by the surviving suspect) that they jumped out of there car in a group to try and rob the guy. The man picks up the nearest object and starts swinging for the fences at the group. He makes it to his front door,grabs a gun and straight up kills two of the suspects. In my mind,right or wrong, that's what most people would do in any part of America (probably the world) if a couple of chicken shit kids in costume's tried to fuck with them.