Sunday, December 4, 2016
Day 4: The Stranger (2015) 1h 33m
To some of us, the "stranger" is known as a masturbatory technique where you cut off circulation to your hand just long enough to numb it up and then you jerk yourself off with it. The idea is that since you've lessened the feeling in your hand then it feels like someone else is giving you a handy. In truth, the "stranger" and The Stranger share something in common... both are a bit different than the norm, but in the end it's still just jerking off the same cock.
The Stranger takes place in bad neck tattoo, U.S.A. where a man returns after 16 years and is looking for his wife. Upon finding she is dead he promptly gets beaten, stabbed, and peed on but the shittiest antagonist and his circle jerk crew. The 16 year old boy who told him that his wife was dead (sure, you can do that math real quick) sees the attack and tells a police officer about it. The shitagonist is the cop's son and they attempt to dump the body. Our boy brings the barely alive man home and this establishes the base for this film.
To be short and to the point, this is a vampire movie. The stranger is a vampire that only refers to his vampirism as having a curse or a disease. The one creative take on stale vampire lore is that vampire blood can be used to heal, but it will only heal properly if it is blessed first. We see this take place when his son is badly burned and performs the ritual and the application. If it isn't blessed first, and it comes in contact with a wound of any kind, it only heals but doesn't restore and it will pass the vampirism on to the patient. I don't recall seeing or reading anything like this before. I've seen the healing with vampire blood or spit before, but I like the idea of taking something impure like that and imbuing it with some form of sanctity for healing.
In the end, this film felt like a slog. I wasn't super impressed with it but I wasn't totally put off by it either. However, to put this film in the middle of the road means you might like it and you might not. I already passed on the only interesting bit of info you can glean from this film so take that and run with it. Run away from The Stranger!!!
I give The Stranger 2 stranger danger images out of 5: