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The Strangers (2008)

Cult Movies and Horror movie directed by Bryan Bertino

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Lock the door and pretend you're not home...

  • Nov 24, 2008
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I've wanted to see this movie ever since the trailer first came out. It reminded me of some of my favorite horror books, people being lost or cut of from civilization with something evil on their trail. Well this movie was awesome, I enjoyed the atmosphere and the creep factor was high, a cozy home has never looked as ominous and unfriendly as this one.

When a couple on the verge of a happy moment ( en engagement) suddenly hits a rough patch because the girl doesn't want the ring, they leave the dinner party and head back to on old family house; set up with rose petals and awaiting them with privacy and what was supposed to be a romantic night. Alone in middle of nowhere they try to settle in for the night, their awkwardness visible as James Hoyt (Scott Speedman) tires to lessen his embarrassment from the rejection without cutting out Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) from his life forever. Depressed and confused up they manage to hug and kiss, when loud knock rattles the door. Seeing that it's 4 am, they make their way to the door with apprehension and open it to see a girl, standing in the shadows, asking for someone who doesn't live there. They eventually get her to leave, but more knocking and strange noises are soon to follow. Out of cigarettes, bad habit in life but worse in horror movies, James volunteers to pick some up for Kristen, leaving her alone in the house. Obviously this is when the scary stuff picks up and she is terrorized and eagerly awaiting his return. He comes back but safety is nowhere in reach, together they try to figure out why someone is knocking on the door and banging on the windows, wearing masks and holding weapons. Pretty soon it's apparent that the three strangers are well organized and they want to do more than scare from people, they are out for blood, for no reason other than they fact that they can do it.

I loved the eerie atmosphere and the dark shadows surrounding the small home, with nowhere to hide and with three clever attackers close behind in pursuit. The couple was driven mad with confusion as to why this was happening and with hope of surviving till dawn, some part of the movie were peaceful, making me feel like all the bad stuff was in my imagination and then the madness would return and paint a grim picture for out couple. This reminded me of "Vacancy" which was another fun horror movie; because when people think they are safe indoors it turns out that they are not safe, instead they are trapped, waiting for the predator to strike.

This is a great movie to watch in the dark, for those who dare of course. The TV looks great blending into the shadows and the movie is thrilling and entertaining and even little strange, but all for its benefit.

- Kasia S.

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A lean, briskly paced and exceptionally creepy thriller,The Strangersearns 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 and intentions known to Tyler; the second half grows more frantic and bloody before a gruesome finale that may leave viewers either rattled to their core or bothered by its empty nihilism. Speedman is fine as the downtrodden male lead (who's seen tucking into a carton of ice cream after being rejected), but it's Tyler who impresses the most by shouldering the lion's share of the terror. First-time writer/director Bryan Bertino impresses by forsaking the current passion for over-the-top violence (save for the finale) in favor of more traditional means of generating fear, and if his project borrows heavily from other films, most notably the French chillerThem(which shares its "inspired by a true story" origin) and Michael Haneke'sFunny Games, at least he's taking from the best. The sound design is among the many technical standouts, and the unsettling score by ...
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Director: Bryan Bertino
Screen Writer: Bryan Bertino
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
Runtime: 86 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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