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The Strangers (2008)

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

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Bryan Bertino
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alex Fisher Alex Fisher ... Mormon Boy #1
Scott Speedman ... James Hoyt
Liv Tyler ... Kristen McKay
Kip Weeks ... Man in the Mask
Laura Margolis ... Pin-Up Girl
Gemma Ward ... Dollface
Glenn Howerton ... Mike
Peter Clayton-Luce Peter Clayton-Luce ... Mormon Boy #2
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Storyline

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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Rated R for violence/terror and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Faces See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,997,985, 1 June 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,597,610

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,391,145
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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The ice cream on the table changes from Vanilla to Strawberry. 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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References Carrie (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Mama Tried
Written by Merle Haggard
Performed by Merle Haggard
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A Tale Of Two Movies...
19 November 2008 | by terrible2See all my reviews

Like many, I went into this (knowing) the basics of the story. That being said, I found the first half of the film quite suspenseful and creepy by modern movie standards. The story begins by developing the relationship between it's two stars, then separating them and introducing the terror. This worked, and worked very well in it's ability to set up (and scare the hell out of) the viewers. Unfortunately, after we have established what is taking place, the story seems to slow to a simmer, and eventually fizzles out. The second half of the film is filled with horror movie cliché's and cheap scare tactics, almost to the point of boredom... It's a shame, because I haven't been a fan of slasher films since the eighties, and I REALLY wanted to "Like" this film.

My recommendation would be to watch the first half of the film, then go and sit by yourself in a cabin, somewhere in the woods. The effect would be much better, and the film would serve it's purpose.


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