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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:
2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Tired old premise not really given new impetus. See more (658 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)
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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)

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Trivia:
The car crash sequence was filmed in three takes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Kristen injures her ankle, she limps in the house, then walks perfectly. Immediately after, she limps again.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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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Tired old premise not really given new impetus., 21 January 2009
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Kristen McKay and James Hoyt return from a night out to find a knock at the door at some ungodly hour. What follows is a terrifying invasion as three masked raiders torment and attack the couple at frequent intervals, can the couple find within them the strength to survive their ordeal?

The horror genre is a tough cookie to work out these days, so many remakes and re-images rightly suggest that it's a genre in steady decline. Occasionally hope of a resurgence is offered up by the likes of hyperbole supremo's like Eli Roth and here with first time writer and director, Bryan Bertino. If these guys promised half of what they proclaimed they would do with their respective horror entries, well the genre would be born again and the fans would be rejoicing around the graveyards.

The Strangers is not a bad film by any stretch of the entrails, it's just not a particularly good one, and certainly not the original and fresh home invasion spin promised by Bertino. The premise of course is very solid, we all as human beings live in perpetual fear of a home invasion by psychos or chav like aggressors (the latter of concern to UK residents, see Eden Lake for example), and with this pro porting to be based on real events, the impact was waiting to, well impact, but questionable resources from our besieged couple just add a shrug of the shoulders to an already yawning audience. The project had been on the back burner for a couple of years, with the script being altered by Bertino from its early incarnations, I wonder just how much was changed because it looks to me that Bertino has altered an intended psychological chiller, and instead settled for a blend of boo jump scares and edginess, and it fails to successfully achieve either.

The film also suffers badly by having two lead actors barely up to the job of convincing as terrified victims. Liv Tyler can sit adequate in the most basic of acting roles, but when it calls for a role to get the audience involved she sadly comes up short. Scott Speedman can act, but here he seems lost within the confines of a poorly written character, both actors unable to carry the film to any sort of genre highlight. The ending to the piece just about works, and pair that with the creepiness of the masked raiders then The Strangers just about sits in the average horror department. But really we are no further forward than when we had the mighty and magnificent Black Christmas back in 1974, at least the likes of Vacancy (almost killed by its ending) from 2007 have a sense of adventure about them, setting out (and delivering) honest intentions from the off, likable leads and a willingness to entertain whilst knowing its limitations. Sadly The Strangers is a missed opportunity to create something memorable and totally scary, director Bertino's next protect, Alone, could quite possibly make or break a fledgling genre career. 5/10

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