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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Bryan Bertino (written by)
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Release Date:
30 May 2008 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Lock the door. Pretend you're safe. See more »
Plot:
A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Alex Fisher ... Mormon Boy #1
Peter Clayton-Luce ... Mormon Boy #2

Scott Speedman ... James Hoyt

Liv Tyler ... Kristen McKay

Gemma Ward ... Dollface
Kip Weeks ... Man in the Mask

Laura Margolis ... Pin-Up Girl

Glenn Howerton ... Mike
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jordan Del Spina ... Jordan - 911 caller (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Bryan Bertino 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Bryan Bertino (written by)

Produced by
Thomas J. Busch .... co-producer
Doug Davison .... producer
Joseph Drake .... executive producer (as Joe Drake)
Marc D. Evans .... executive producer
Nathan Kahane .... producer
Kelli Konop .... executive producer
Roy Lee .... producer
Trevor Macy .... executive producer
Sonny Mallhi .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
tomandandy 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Sova (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Greutert 
 
Casting by
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger 
Tracy Kilpatrick 
David Rapaport 
 
Production Design by
John D. Kretschmer 
 
Art Direction by
Linwood Taylor 
 
Set Decoration by
Missy Berent Ricker  (as Missy Berent)
 
Costume Design by
Susan Kaufmann 
 
Makeup Department
Coni Andress .... head of hair department
Wendy Bell .... makeup department head
Jennifer Santiago .... key hair stylist (as Jennifer A. Santiago)
Vincent Schicchi .... key makeup artist (as Vincent T. Schicchi)
Leigh Ann Yandle .... assistant makeup artist (as Leigh Ann Yandle-Perry)
 
Production Management
Thomas J. Busch .... unit production manager
Jason Leib .... post-production supervisor
Tom Nicoll .... production supervisor
Judy Richter .... production consultant
Andrew Rona .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Linda Brachman .... first assistant director
Nicole Feder .... dga trainee
Tim Fitzgerald .... second second assistant director (as David T. Fitzgerald)
Rudy A. Persico .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jerry Adderton .... set dresser
Gillian V. Albinski .... property master
Daniel Auber .... storyboard artist (as Daniele Auber)
John B. Clarey III .... carpenter
Danielle Couture .... buyer
Joshua L. Ellsworth .... propmaker
Craig Gilmore .... storyboard artist
Geoffrey S. Grimsman .... set designer
Chris Holcombe .... leadman
Doug Kelejian .... set dresser
Otto Lindsey .... on set dresser
Stephanie Macomber .... scenic (as Stephanie Macomber Kern)
Dim McRemnant .... graphic artist
Kelly Rubottom .... assistant property master
Thomas Michael Ryan .... foreman
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction coordinator
Deanna Tilley .... art dayplayer
Helen Williams Ward .... storyboard artist
Luci Wilson .... prop assistant
Andre Hyland .... mask assistant (uncredited)
Steve A. Stephenson .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jeffree Bloomer .... production sound mixer
Brad Brock .... foley mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... supervising foley artist
Scott Hecker .... supervising sound editor (as Scott A. Hecker)
Albert Hedgepeth .... second boom operator / sound utility
Rick Hromadka .... sound effects editor
Marti D. Humphrey .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris M. Jacobson .... sound re-recording mixer
Cliff Latimer .... sound editor
Derek Pippert .... foley editor
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Jeff Rosen .... dialogue/adr supervisor
Roy Seeger .... first assistant sound editor (as R.W. Seeger)
Brad Semenoff .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
David Beavis .... special effects technician
David Hill .... special effects foreman
Michael J. Hudson .... special effects technician
William Purcell .... special effects coordinator (as Will Purcell)
Susan Beavis .... special effects buyer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ozzie Carmona .... digital compositor
Michael Degtjarewsky .... digital compositor
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor
Maureen Healy .... digital compositor
Phillip Hoffman .... visual effects coordinator
Bill Holloway .... digital compositor
Patrick Keenan .... digital compositor
Erin L. Nelson .... digital restoration
Jim O'Hagan .... digital compositor: Pacific Title
Bob Poirier .... visual effects associate producer
Tristan Rayos .... digital I/O
Jon Stern .... visual effects producer
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration
 
Stunts
Cal Johnson .... stunt coordinator
Cal Johnson .... stunt double: Glenn Howerton
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hugh Braselton .... camera operator: "b" camera
Hugh Braselton .... second assistant camera
Rick Crank .... lighting technician
Catherine Cravens .... electrician
Lee Donaldson .... grip
Brian Gunter .... gaffer
Daniel R. Haizlip .... best boy grip
Geoff Herbert .... dolly grip
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... key grip
Tony Jenzano .... video assist
Gary Johnson .... second assistant camera
Brian Johnston .... rigging electrician
Roy Knauf .... additional assistant camera
Frank McGough .... dimmer board operator
David Morenz .... first assistant camera
Terry O'Deen .... rigging gaffer
Mark N. Overton .... electrician
Harrison Palmer .... electrician
Doug Robinson .... electrician
James Selph .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Steve A. Stephenson .... rigging grip
Jeff Sterner .... electrician
Brian Sullivan .... camera operator
John R. Sutton .... rigging key grip
Mike Torino .... film loader
German Valle .... rigging electrician
Glenn Watson .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Maxann Crotts .... casting: stand-ins
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine A. Abreo .... set costumer
Emmie Holmes .... wardrobe production assistant
Laura Kaminski .... wardrobe production assistant
Karen Keyes .... key set costumer
Janet Melody .... tailor
Stephen K. Randolph .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Tony Bacigalupi .... assistant editor
Zack Howard .... post-production assistant
Trent Johnson .... supervising digital colorist
Kim Roseborough .... assistant editor
Mark Sachen .... colorist
Akkara Srauy .... post-production assistant
April McMorris .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Everette Webber .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearances
Michael Brake .... music editor
Todd Brodie .... engineer
Jessica Catron .... musician: cello
Jeremy Drake .... musician: guitar and effects
Peter Fuchs .... music scoring engineer
Peter Fuchs .... recording engineer
Maarten Hofmeijer .... music editor
Season Kent .... music supervisor
Dwight Mikkelsen .... orchestrator
Sheri Ozeki .... music editor
Josh Sarles .... assistant to composers
Josh Sarles .... music engineer
Josh Sarles .... score mixer
Lee Scott .... music editor: temp music
Andrew Silver .... music editor
G.E. Stinson .... musician: guitar and electronics
Paul Talkington .... orchestra contractor
tomandandy .... score producer
Allan Wilson .... conductor
Allan Wilson .... copyist
 
Transportation Department
Donald Binder .... driver
Christie Chaplin .... driver
Skip Long .... driver: honeywagon
Lee Siler .... transportation coordinator
Scott Siler .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Pamela Alessandrelli .... assistant production coordinator
Kimberly Bishop .... assistant location manager
Susan J. Bonno-Buckner .... first assistant accountant
Jen Brett .... production assistant
Jennifer D. Corley .... production assistant
Betsy Custer .... production executive
Genevieve Darr .... office production assistant
Ashleigh Falls .... set production assistant
Randy Gardner .... production assistant
Alex Heineman .... production executive
Pam Holdridge .... production coordinator
Renee Kitterman .... second assistant accountant
Ashley Kravitz .... clearances
Robert Labrecque .... production accountant
Jennifer Lemmond .... stand-in
Karen Love .... Ms. Tyler's chef
Brandon Lyles .... accounting clerk
Terry Mettger .... payroll accountant
Jack Munn .... key medic
Craig Newkirk .... animal trainer
Oak Porcelli .... stand-in
Steve Rhea .... location manager
Alicia Rudd .... animal trainer
Damien Saccani .... development executive
Rima Saleeby .... stand-in for Laura Margolis
Tracey Schaefer .... unit publicist (as Tracey Zemitis)
Ben Urquhart .... post production executive
Kho Wong .... assistant: Sonny Mallhi
Stephanie Yeager .... assistant: Bryan Bertino
Paulette Osorio .... publicity executive (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Elizabeth Rowin .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence/terror and language
Runtime:
86 min | 88 min (unrated version)
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:18A | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | France:U (with warning) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Germany:18 (f) | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #43588)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The song "Mama Tried", which is heard several times during the film, is a 1968 hit by Merle Haggard and the Strangers.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The Man in the Mask's normal mask has two stitches running along near his eyes, but when Kristen is facing Dollface, MITM throws James on the floor and we see no stitches on his mask.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
References Blue Velvet (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
At My Window, Sad and LonelySee more »

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71 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: The Strangers, 5 July 2008
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

So when Underworld co-star Kate Beckinsale got to make a horror/thriller with Vacancy while waiting for the green light on a possible Underworld pre/sequel, Scott Speedman too had to do something equivalent, and so got himself signed up with The Strangers, written and directed by Bryan Bertino, which takes a fictional look at what it purports to be based on true events with regards to the senseless acts of violence committed against James Hoyt (Speedman) and Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler).

Whether it be real or not, it takes its time to tell you that more than 1.4 million violent crimes happen on average in the USA, which of course works out to be... hell a lot. And it puts this at the back of your mind that it could happen to just about anyone, which after watching the movie, you'd more or less agree, given its less than sophisticated means of attack. Ss with all horror movies coming out of Tinseltown these days, it's the usual in-your-face slasher flicks / torture porn that get made, going one up against each other through being creative with weapons, blood and gore. Here it kept things simple, using common household tools against you.

It's a movie without a lot of dialog between the characters, given that the assailants do not speak with one another, or lapse into the usual monologue with their victims. They do what they need to do quickly when the time calls for it, otherwise their theatrics allow the filmmakers to max out the surround sound system in the theatre with plenty of running about, throwing of stuff against doors/windows, together with testing out their light and shadow play thoroughly. And technically, you've got to tip your hat towards its flawless execution (pardon the pun).

The backstory to the characters of Kristen and James show us that while they are a loving couple, James' premature proposal to Kristen, and her rejection, put them in an awkward situation where he had plenty of yes-I-do aftermath activities planned out, such as a night at his parent's summer home, and a road trip thereafter, all thrown into disarray. They still reach that home away from home, but are not really communicating with each other. And with observed weakness comes opportunity for the perpetrators to complete their surveillance, and launch their systematic attack.

Which for the first hour, it almost became the Liv Tyler show, as she single-handedly holds your attention with her frantic looks and powerful lungs, while trying to wish it all away as a bad dream. Bryan Bertino succeeds in driving through the tension and fear of having unknown strangers in an unfamiliar home, and at 4am in the morning with their constant knocking and mischievous, deadly pranks, can really take its toil on you. There are loopholes of course in this story, such as failure to hold ground, and to never, ever split up, but I guess these folks never learn from the many horror movies that preceded it.

So when it went into its final 20 odd minutes, you can sense a feeling of dread, both for the characters, and the rather repetitive run-hide-seek continuum. Like Michael Haneke's Funny Games, there never is a rationale shared with the audience even though they continuously dish out violence, and while Haneke's villains were rather chatty, the ones here never bother to talk any more than they should, and coupled with their childish masks, make them a bit more terrifying when they come out of the dark.

Not a masterpiece, and surely less intellectual than Funny Games, but definitely has its moments, and managed to send some chills down unsuspecting spines, like that row of punks sitting on the same row as me and actually squirmed at their seats.

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