The Strangers: Chapter 1 is a 2024 American horror film about a young couple driving cross-country toward a new beginning; they have no choice but to stop in a secluded Airbnb in Oregon where they endure a night of terror…
Chapter 1 is apparently a remake/reboot of Bryan Bertino’s 2008 home invasion movie, while the forthcoming sequels – Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 – will open up the plot.
Directed by Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea, Die Hard 2) from a screenplay co-written by Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland and Amber Loutfi.
Produced by Rafaella Biscayn, Alberto Burgueño, Alastair Burlingham, Mark Canton, Charlie Dombek, Juan Antonio García Peredo, Johanna Harlin, Christopher Milburn, Gary Raskin and Courtney Solomon. Executive produced by Andrei Boncea, Dorothy Canton, Anders Erdén, Kia Jam, Roy Lee and Blair Ward.
The Fifth Element Productions-Frame Film movie stars Gabriel Basso, Rachel Shenton, Madelaine Petsch, Richard Brake, Froy Gutierrez, Ella Bruccoleri, Ema Horvath, Ben Cartwright, George Young, JR Esposito, Rebecka Johnston, Rafaella Biscayn, Janis Ahern, Ryan Bown, Florian Clare, Milo Callaghan, Stevee Davies, Brooke Lena Johnson, Miles Yekinni, Pedro Leandro, Pablo Sandstrom and Sara Freedland.
Director Renny Harlin has said “My mother instilled the love of movies in me through the world of Hitchcock and other masters of suspense and horror. My breakthrough to Hollywood happened with the success of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4. It is only fitting that I get to return to my favourite genre with the incredibly well-written trilogy of The Strangers. The characters and the storyline are all grounded in reality and offer me an endless tapestry of haunting visuals in bringing these movies alive.”
“When setting out to remake The Strangers, we felt there was a bigger story to be told, which could be as powerful, chilling, and terrifying as the original and could really expand that world,” said co-producer Courtney Solomon. “Shooting this story as a trilogy allows us to create a hyperreal and terrifying character study. We’re fortunate to be joining forces with Madelaine Petsch, an amazing talent whose character is the driving force of this story.”
“When you’ve got two horror aficionados like Courtney Solomon and Renny Harlin coming together, you’ve got all you need to create some incredibly smart, lean-forward-in-your-seat, addictively thrilling entertainment,” said co-producer Mark Canton. “Fans of the original film will be blown away; new audiences will discover the intensely unnerving world of The Strangers.” “The Strangers taps into such primal fears that it will always be relevant,” added Eda Kowan, Lionsgate’s EVP of Acquisitions & Co-Productions. “But what truly sets this project apart is the way the filmmakers have expanded the story and given these characters a new life.”
Distributed by Lionsgate Films in 2024 on a date to be announced.
“Knock knock” clip:
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