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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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Bryan Bertino
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Cast

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

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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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was shot in chronological order. See more »

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Mike is supposed to be drunk, but shows no signs of being drunk at all. However, hours may have passed since the reception, meaning that Mike may have had time to take a quick nap or the alcohol has worn off. Also, the surprise of the object hitting his window could've sobered him up a bit. 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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Alternate Versions

The unrated version is over two minutes longer than the theatrical version which includes one additional scene of Kristen, after being stabbed and left for dead, is crawling on the floor of the house to reach Mike's ringing cell phone, only to have it ring off before she can answer it. Then the Man in the Mask appears again, takes the phone away from her, and walks out the front door with it, leaving Kristen dying on the floor. See more »

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Ariel Ramirez
Written and Performed by Richard Buckner
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Who knew they still made movies like this?
30 May 2008 | by Wolf30xSee all my reviews

The Strangers is a movie that delivers everything it promises it would. It scares you. Simple as that. Instead of relying on buckets of gore and an over-contrived premise, it keeps things simple and thats what makes it work. For an hour and a half, the viewer is subjected to a slowly mounting sense of dread that just keeps building without ever pulling back. The story never falls victim to the usual horror movie clichés, but at the same time , it doesn't make any ridiculous attempts to go against them. Perhaps the best thing that the movie has going for it is it's believability. There isn't really any thing to distract the viewer from buying into the premise wholeheartedly. Considering that this is the director's first ever movie, it's a feat that's even more impressive. This is the kind of movie you shouldn't watch at home alone in the dark.


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