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The Strangers (2008)

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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30 May 2008 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,997,985 (USA) (1 June 2008)

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$52,597,610 (USA)
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Mark Romanek was originally slated to direct the film. See more »

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When Pin-Up Girl smashes her truck into the couple's car, the window shrinks, and turns into a heart-shaped crack between shots. 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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A disaster...
21 May 2014 | by (San Luis, Argentina) – See all my reviews

Knowing that a lot of people already did a review of this movie I will do it for the people (like me) that came to see this one in recommendation after seeing similar home invasion movies, like the recent "You're Next".

If you like the former you will hate this one.

The strangers is a movie that starts wonderful, It build it's characters and takes it time to develop and reach a climax in the first 20 minutes of the first act.

As soon as the movie enters the second act though, all hell breaks loose.

Everything sinks faster than the titanic, primary due to the amount of clichés committed by our fellow leads.

There is not a single thing they did right, it's already a bad thing that you can predict something that will happen in the end when you're halfway through, it's horrible when you get to watch the total incompetence of our protagonist in awe. I know that under stress people tend to do things the wrong way but, seriously , there are things that can't be forgiven, I could cite them up to you but if you still insist on watching the movie, it's better for you to just suffer through them so you learn from your mistakes like I did.

The sad thing is that the movie doesn't care about fixing all this, it goes on and on until the end.

There is not a single redeeming quality on this movie, aside from the scary factor, no explanations, no mind games, not a single plausible plan from our protagonists, nothing, just dread and hopelessness up to the end.

If you really want to see a nice home invasion that don't take itself too seriously please go watch "You're next", at least you get to see a nice revenge and a bad ass lead FOR A CHANGE.

And next time that someone recommend this movie because of a similar one, please do take my advice, just be happy seeing any other "similar" home invasion movie, i'm sure it will be better than this one.

If you want to feel sad, hopeless and feel that life isn't worth it, please go see this travesty, you will be convinced there is nothing more to do here than to go away.

A solid 3 out of 10 and a total waste of Liv Tyler who could do a lot more with a better movie and some kind of "script" but this.


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