Now the idea behind this film is really scary especially since it can really happen. In fact it is based on true events or at least something the director experienced or remembered from his childhood. You can say it is a rip off of the film "Them" [really good] all you want but I tend to believe what the director has to say and how he wrote this. This film was based on three different things it seems that lead to the director writing this.
The film is based on an incident that happened when writer/director Bryan Bertino was a kid. One day some random people knocked on his door and his sister answered, they asked for some one who did not live there. Turns out later he found out they went around knocking on doors and if there was no answer they broke in. Also the director has stated that the book "Helter Skelter" helped in the penning of this. But there is also a real crime that happened in the Sierra Nevada Mountains known as the Keddie Cabin Murders of 1981. That is a creepy real life crime you should read up on, very chilling stuff.
Any way the film follows a young couple who are having some romantic issues and are just returning home. After James leaves for a while some strangers show up at the door while Kristen is home alone. After asking for some one that isn't there they start to terrorize this poor girl. When James returns things heat up to an even more violent level as the strangers pick up the pace.
I have to say Liv Tyler really did an excellent job here as she had the hardest role of all to play. I personally think she did a marvelous job portraying both an emotionally detached girlfriend to Jason and also a women being mentally tortured. As for Jason, Scott Speedman does a good job here as well but Liv is the show stealer. The strangers are creepy as they should be. Bryan Bertino did a good job here in my opinion as a first time filmmaker. This film does a good job building tension and using the right amount of atmosphere. The score is great as well and plays a big part here.
I had a good time with this one and would recommend it. I know that there are those who don't like it as much but I thought it was good. I say check it out because you may like it as well. Does it have problems, maybe, but that didn't hurt the film in my eyes. Rent it and check it out late one night, you may not want to answer the door after that.
*1/2 out of **** "The Strangers" is maddeningly un-scary and also unforgivably stupid. It certainly proves that its director, first-timer Bryan Bertino, can direct a movie; but can't tell a gripping story. There are many directors like this; and I applaud him for at least trying to work with his "original" material. This could have made for a pretty tense movie, and the young movie-maker himself had a decent idea going for him. But then again, that is strictly speaking in … more
I had a good time with this one and would recommend it. I know that there are those who don't like it as much but I thought it was good. I say check it out because you may like it as well. Does it have problems, maybe, but that didn't hurt the film in my eyes. Rent it and check it out late one night, you may not want to answer the door after that. Based on three different things including a very chilling true crime, check out the review to find out more about that.
If you're looking to be scared, The Strangers will to do the trick and then some. I was a little worried, to be honest. Based on the premise and early looks at the trailer, it had the look of yet another "torture porn" story, of which there are already plenty. Fortunately, The Strangers rises above this and sets out to create something far more subtle, but no less gripping. The Strangers is a no-frills suspense film. The premise is … more
After watching the French-horror thriller "THEM" a few months ago, I didn't really have high hopes for this supposed "based" on true events film: "THE STRANGERS". If this isn't a remake, it certainly has strong similarities. (Maybe this was also based on the incident in Romania?) "Them" came out around 2006, if this was written before, what took it so long to be made? The quality of the film doesn't reflect anything special to cause a delay in … more
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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!