The Strangers

The Strangers

Inspired by true events, this heart pounding, nail-biting frightener mercilessly explores our most universal fears, where simply opening the door to a stranger leads to a grueling night of terror one could never imagine. Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman star in this relentless suspense thriller that will keep you up at night and make you never want to answer the door again!A lean, briskly paced and exceptionally creepy thriller, The Strangers earns its scares the old-fashioned way: through atmosphere, sound design, and a simple yet undeniably upsetting central premise that allows for maximum tension throughout its running time. Attractive young lovers Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman are already having a bad day–she’s turned down his marriage proposal–before a knock on the door in the middle of the night announces a full-fledged siege on their remote vacation home by a trio of masked assailants. The film’s first third delivers the most consistent shivers as the visitors make their presence a

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5 thoughts on “The Strangers

  1. Review by Grey for The Strangers
    Not a terrible setup. Masked psychos terrorize a couple late one night in a large house nestled in the corner of a small, rich suburb. A bit slow to start and the characters aren’t anything close to interesting, but the setup is decent and the atmosphere is good.

    Problem? Everyone’s a moron.

    If you’re a home intruder and the people at home have a gun, you’re not going to keep attacking. No you’re going to run the **** away and go to some other house some other night. If you’re the guy being intruded upon and are sitting in the corner one night with a gun you’re not going to go outside and play Elmer Fudd. No, you’re going to sit in that corner and stay awake until morning when the suburb will be active. If you’re the intruder watching the guy play Elmer Fudd with a shotgun you’re not going to bull-rush him and succeed. No, you’re going to be blown the **** away. And if you’re some guy who just had his windshield smashed before your eyes and sees signs of an obvious break-in you’re not going to quietly sneak inside to investigate. No, you’re going to drive away and call the cops.

    The suspension of disbelief is just too much in this film. It’s a battle of who wants to be killed more and who’s more inept at taking an advantage. And when a victor emerges it’s hard to care, not only because all the characters are boring as cardboard, but because they just succeeded winning the Darwin Award of the night in a rather fierce competition.

  2. Review by Ronald Nocella for The Strangers
    FINALLY!!!! A horror film that is intelligent with great acting and a story line so scary that it literally makes me feel a sense of panic. This is one of the best films Ive seen in a LONG time and a must own film for any horror/suspense fan. Its rare to find a film that continues to scare you each and every time you watch it but thats exactly what happens with The Strangers. Its great to see horror films taken seriously by the people creating them. Its obvious while watching this film that the people behind it really believed in what they were making.

    If you are a horror/suspense fan and youre looking for a modern horror film with that old school vibe… look no further.

    You should get The Strangers before The Strangers get you!

  3. Review by Grady Harp for The Strangers
    There are a few flaws in this otherwise successful film that is in fact as frightening as the trailer makes it out to be. Not being one for the constant barrage of thriller films (the ‘Saw’ Series, the endless vampire variations, ‘I know what you did…’, etc) this viewer hesitantly watched what could have been yet another exercise in blood and gore. But surprise! The story (based on a true incident in 2005 as outlined by an off camera narrator discussing the number of violent deaths in America each year before the film opens) is tight, credible, and deals more with the emotion of terror of the unknown than images of gore. Kudos to writer/director Bryan Bertino for finding the core of the macabre. And it is true!

    James Hoyt (Scott Speedman) is driving his girlfriend Kristen MacKay (Liv Tyler) to the isolated summer home in the woods that James and his best friend Mike (Glenn Howerton) had earlier decorated with rose petals, candles and champagne in preparation for what was supposed to be a celebration of a marriage proposal. Sadness prevails in the car as Kristen has turned James’ proposal down. They quietly enter the decorated house, and almost immediately begin to hear sounds outside and a door knock by a young girl apparently looking for a person not living in this house. Kristen asks James to go out and get her cigarettes and the creepy action begins. Three strangers each in masks terrify Kristen with noises, secretly entering the house, and creating a tense atmosphere until James returns. At this point the story becomes an almost unbearable sequence of events: it is clear the strangers are out to murder James and Kristen. Bound and beaten by the three strangers Kristen asks ‘Why us? Why do you want to kill us?’ and the simple answer from of the strangers is ‘Because you’re home’. The ending of the film could have been better handled by someone telling us the results of the night – the follow up to this true story. But instead Bertino elects to keep the level of terror high.

    Peter Sova (cinematographer) finds the right amount of shadow and dark to keep us guessing and the musical score by tomandandy is pitch perfect. This is a fine little film, but be prepared to jump in a few spots…and keep the lights on! Grady Harp, November 08

  4. Review by Adam for The Strangers
    This atmospheric – and undeniably horrifying – directorial debut from Bryan Bertino gave me the chills unlike any other film that I have seen in a long while.

    I won’t go into the story, because most of you already know it, but I will tell you this: if you are as jumpy and as easily frightened as I am, do NOT watch this one alone. I made the mistake of doing that the first time, and I couldn’t finish it. I had to rent it later on, and watch it with a room full of people in order to see the entire film. The thing that makes the film so effective is simply this: this could happen to anybody. Anybody could break into your home and terrorize you for no reason.

    The direction is strong, and Liv Tyler does an excellent job. You can tell that it was definitely inspired by Haneke’s FUNNY GAMES, but it’s not a rip-off by any means. Bryan Bertino has done an excellent job with his first film, and I look forward to his next film.

  5. Review by C. Thomas for The Strangers
    I recently had watched this movie, and I must say that without question this movie is the scariest, and creepiest movie I have ever seen. In fact it was so scarry that I slept all the lights on the last two nights, and I keep a baseball bat by my night stand.

    I am not going to recap the movie ad nauseum the way some of the other reviews here have already done, however I will give a high level perspective of why this movie is so good at being scarry.

    1. There are no ghouls, ghosts, vampires, and demons. The premise of this movie is litteraly one group of people taking advantage of other people.

    2. The costumes used by the strangers were simple, and eloquent. Exactly the kind of stuff one could pick up at any party store or costume shop. I feel as though this added a whole other level of realism to the movie.

    3. Overall creepiness of the type of harrasment the strangers inflicted on the kristen, and james.

    Some negatives that I observed about the movie:

    1. James and Kristen making some stupid decisions, that would have any person with a brain scratching their heads…ie…splitting up when you have these psychopaths coming at you from all directions.

    2. The strangers violating the laws of physics by being able to subtly and quickly sneak into a space and scrawl messages across the walls, windows of a room to further torment our protaganists, and never ever be seen or heard by James and Kristen. This just doesnt seem plausible to me.

    3. The ending didnt really give me closure.

    With all that, the movie was highly effective at serving its purpose which was to freak me out, and entertain me, which it did for it’s entire 80 minute running time.

    I highly recommend this movie, and am only giving this movie 4 stars instead of 5 for the reasons I state above.

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