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The Strangers -- A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.

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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 »
User Reviews:
They Use The Same Old Trick A Dozen Times See more (664 total) »

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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 movie was not shot inside of an actual house, the interior of the home was built on a sound stage.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Kristen's scream continues after her mouth closes.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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
References Halloween (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
At My Window, Sad and LonelySee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
What is 'The Strangers' about?
What is the skipping record saying?
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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
They Use The Same Old Trick A Dozen Times, 2 August 2009
Author: Matt_Layden from Canada

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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