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The Strangers (2008)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  30 May 2008 (USA)
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A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.



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After returning from a wedding reception, a couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple find themselves in a violent struggle, in which they go beyond what either of them thought capable in order to survive. Written by Anonymous

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Lock the door. Pretend you're safe. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/terror and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 May 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Faces  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,997,985 (USA) (30 May 2008)


£4,025,916 (UK) (19 September 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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The script was originally titled "The Faces." See more »


James wraps his necktie around Kristen's injured hand. In the next scene, he is wearing the tie. In the scene after that, he is not wearing the tie. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: What you are about to see is inspired by true events. According to the FBI, there are an estimated 1.4 million violent crimes in America each year. On the night of February 11, 2005, Kristen McKay and James Hoyt left a friend's wedding reception and returned to the Hoyt family's summer home. The brutal events that took place there are still not entirely known.
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Written and Performed by Richard Buckner
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User Reviews

Who knew they still made movies like this?
30 May 2008 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

The Strangers is a movie that delivers everything it promises it would. It scares you. Simple as that. Instead of relying on buckets of gore and an over-contrived premise, it keeps things simple and thats what makes it work. For an hour and a half, the viewer is subjected to a slowly mounting sense of dread that just keeps building without ever pulling back. The story never falls victim to the usual horror movie clichés, but at the same time , it doesn't make any ridiculous attempts to go against them. Perhaps the best thing that the movie has going for it is it's believability. There isn't really any thing to distract the viewer from buying into the premise wholeheartedly. Considering that this is the director's first ever movie, it's a feat that's even more impressive. This is the kind of movie you shouldn't watch at home alone in the dark.

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