A psychological thriller about a man who awakes to find himself locked up in his barricaded apartment. He has no chance of escaping. And he is not alone…
Hold on to your masks, Erik Lehmann‘s ‘Strangers’ will take you through an epic rant of madness and confusion. The film rolls off in two instances, after humiliating his date Iris Garret (Barbara Meier), Donovan Price (Michel Schueler) awakes the next morning to face an unusual darkness. He is locked up in his barricaded apartment with no chance of escaping. And he is not alone. Donovan sees himself confronted with four masked strangers, who invaded his home with unknown intentions. The film certainly seems like it’s something straight out of a nightmare, and as Erik describes it, that’s exactly where the idea came from:
I’ll never forget waking up from a strange nightmare on a Wednesday morning – 2:57am, March 27th, 2013. I instantly grabbed a piece of paper and a pencil and made as much notes as possible. Boy, was I happy when I scanned through the notes the next morning and they actually made sense! I was afraid they would read like “The cat sat on the mat” or “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy ”. Two days later I had the first draft of STRANGERS.
The story engulfed with character and becomes the classic tale of the alter-ego, just with a frightening combination that compares Smeagol and the Green Goblin at their highest tempers.
What makes the film so special in my eyes, is the role of the Strangers. I love them! They are not just cool baddies; they have a reason to put Donovan through the mill and every single one of them has a purpose. It is the same with the masks; they are not chosen solely to deliver grisly images, they are important for their characteristics.
Not only is the film staggered with character and poise, but we are also spoiled with gracious cinematography, acting and designs – set design as well as costumes and makeup, not to mention the exhilarating soundtrack. The entire production is a marvellous cinematic feast!