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The Strangers (2008)

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

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Bryan Bertino

Writer:

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 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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Taglines:

Lock the door. Pretend you're safe. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,997,985, 1 June 2008

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

Mark Romanek was originally slated to direct the film. See more »

Goofs

The ice cream on the table changes from Vanilla to Strawberry. 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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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 »

Connections

References Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981) 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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Strange
29 September 2008 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Apart from the "based on true ..." thing on the beginning, which by the way is my new big NO for a movie ... I just can't stand that hypocritical use of this phrase. Every other movie is than based on true events. Most of the romantic comedies are, teen comedies etc. etc. At least some parts are true or did happen in real life, which is why the script writer "thought" them up ...

But I should stop ranting about that (and the fact, that a voice over at the beginning of the movie, isn't entirely "correct" ... well you see). This movie promises to scare you and it delivers. Mood-wise it stays close to a french movie called "Ils" (Them), which was a great suspense thriller/horror. I also liked the relationships between the two main characters. You could say it's standard fare, but it has great framing and lighting (sound design is "scary" too).


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