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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Strangers can be found here.

Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman), having just attended their friend's wedding reception, stay overnight in a remote summer vacation home owned by James' parents where they are terrorized by three people wearing masks, referred to as Dollface (Gemma Ward), Pin-up Girl (Laura Margolis), and Man in the Mask (Kip Weeks).

The Strangers is based on a screenplay written by director Bryan Bertino. It was inspired by an event from Bertino's childhood. A few strangers came to his home late at night asking several times for someone unknown to him or his family. Later, he found out that the same strangers went to other homes in the neighborhood and ransacked and burglarized them if no one was home. It's also said that the movie was loosely based on both the 1981 Keddie Resort Murders in northern California as well as the Manson family murders, led by Charles Manson and his 'family'. The Strangers 2 is in production, but no release date has been set.

In the words of Dollface, "Because you were home".

There's a long enough pause between the noises being made and James appearing in the bedroom for this to be plausible. Likely the strangers saw his car approaching and hid.

The record is saying "Quicksilver girl". The song is My First Lover by Gillian Welch.

Sprout and the Bean by Joanna Newsom. Other songs include: Ariel Ramirez by Richard Buckner, Hopeful by Jennifer O'Connor, At My Window Sad and Lonely by Billy Bragg and Wilco, My First Lover by Gillian Welch, and Mama Tried by Merle Haggard.

Kristen and James awaken to find themselves tied to chairs. Kristen asks why they're doing this to them, and Dollface replies, 'Because you were home.' Kristen tells James that she loves him as the three strangers unmask (faces not visible to viewers). The strangers then take turns stabbing James and Kristen. They are left lying on the floor, bloodied. A cellphone begins to ring, and Kristen tries to crawl toward it, but the Man in a Mask takes it from her. The scene then switches to a road where two boys, Mormon missionaries according to the credits, are walking their bikes. A truck pulls up bearing the three strangers. Dollface gets out of the truck and asks for a pamphlet. She returns to the truck. 'It'll be easier next time,' she says, and they drive off. The boys continue up the road where the next house is that of James' vacation home. Seeing the smashed car windows and the front door open, the boys go inside where they find Kristen and James lying on the floor. One of the boys reaches toward Kristen, and she suddenly screams.

No. Their faces and identities are kept anonymous. Only brief glimpses are shown, such as Dollface's face cloaked in shadows in one scene and a shot of the Man in the Mask's eyes in the truck's side-view mirror in another. You can also see the profile shot of Dollface's face when she exits the truck towards the end of the film and a back view of her face when she knocks on Kristen and Jeff's front door asking for someone, although they didn't know yet that she is a killer. In the unmasking scene, both Kristen and James see the killers' faces, but the viewers never do. In the original script, it was written that all of their faces would be fully revealed, but this was changed during production. If you would like to see the actors' actual faces, visit these links: Dollface, Pin-Up Girl, and Man in the Mask.

You can see the R1 (US) DVD cover art here and the R2 (UK) DVD cover here.

The day after its US theatrical release (May 30th), The Strangers had a score of 7.9.

There are only two differences between both versions. The Unrated versions runs approximately two minutes longer than the theatrical version. You can find a detailed comparison between both versions with pictures here.


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