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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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fear | desolate | invasion | woods | stranger | See more »

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

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30 May 2008 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,250,624 (UK) (29 August 2008)

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£4,025,916 (UK) (19 September 2008)
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Bryan Bertino said the film was inspired by the infamous Charles Manson murders. See more »

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When Kristen is walking towards the back door to investigate the sounds in the backyard, her breathing doesn't match the movement of her shoulders. See more »

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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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Nihilism A la Carte
1 October 2008 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

I seem to be approaching nihilist films on a streak, viewing "The Virgin Spring" recently. The Strangers has a lot of that "philosophy" crammed in. I read comments claiming the film doesn't connect us to the characters, and is crammed of every cliché to be. Oh the irony. When we see horror films, being attached to characters is a repeated figure, a screenwriter's must. Bertino does good in creating the night horror without any development, no overbearing crudeness, playing suspense and psychological terror like piano keys.

This is the approach: the strangers attack because their victims "are at home", and they do not respond to pleas, long reasonings or emotions. It's nihilism pure: they kill because they find control and domination powerful, and they don't care about consequences, moral or of any other kind.

In that optic, "The Strangers" is truly scary. We are not dealing with supernatural beings, but human beings, who chose the path of downright evil and can't be convinced of not doing it. People like that may be lurking out there, and that scares most of us viewers.


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