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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
Before filming any scene after The Strangers begin terrorizing the couple, Liv Tyler would have to run laps, do jumping jacks, and other physical activities to get her out of breath. This was so she would have the panicky feeling the real life characters would have been experiencing. See more »
After Kristen injures her ankle, she limps in the house, then walks perfectly. Immediately after, she limps again. See more »
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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This is a suspenseful horror flick in which a couple stays at a rented home for the night after coming back from a wedding. He has just proposed to her himself, but it seems she said no because their is an awful funk between the two of them. They hear a knock at the door and what appears to be an innocent mistake of the wrong house, turns out to be a night of horror.
The Strangers takes an old clichéd horror technique, of having the 'killer' appear somewhere in the background near the character, but then disappear as they turn around, and beat it to death. I couldn't even count how many times they used this technique, but it was completely redundant and lame. Sure, it's creepy at first because this is where we are first introduced to these killers, with masks and all, but after the 12th, 13th time, it just gets ridiculous.
The two leads are Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, do killers never attack ugly people? They don't have any romantic connection, but one can argue the script called for it. I was left asking myself if I ever cared for these two. They seem like they want to be together, but never give it a chance. Much like Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale in Vacancy, these two characters fought more often than acted like a couple. Note to producers: If you want the audience to care about these people, make them like each other. I'm not saying the two leads acted poorly, I just didn't care if they lived by the end.
The film loses the tension early and the rest is the audience just waiting for the intruders to stop playing games and 'kill' them already. As a film from a first time director, it's watchable. The creepiness factor is there, if only for the first half. I wouldn't recommend this to horror fans, more to those teenage girls looking for something they would define as scary on a Friday night.
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