The Strangers (2008) Poster



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According to director Bryan Bertino, the film is partially based on an incident he experienced as a child. One evening a stranger came to his door, asked for someone who was not there, and left. Later, Bertino found out that other homes in his neighborhood had been broken into that night.
During filming, in order to get an actual reaction from Liv Tyler, director Bryan Bertino would tell her where to expect a loud bang from, but would then have the loud noise come from a completely different direction.
The film was shot entirely with hand-held cameras or steady cams. Every shot has some camera movement.
The film was shot in chronological order.
Many theaters across the United States were sent faulty reels of the movie, containing sound problems, which made a few minutes to several scenes of the movie filled with nothing but static. Most audiences did not realize the sound was a problem, since the dark overtone and loud background music in some scenes make the static seem part of the movie.
Kurt Russell mentioned this movie always scares him. (From the Late, Late Show With James Corden, 4-28-17)
The exterior shots of the house were filmed at a real farm house. The filmmakers were surprised to discover the property had a barn, garage, a forest and a long enough road.
The filmmakers tried to design the house as one that "your brother could have lived in, that you could have grown up in," in order to make the audience feel more attached to the film.
The song "Mama Tried," which is heard several times during the film, is a 1968 hit by Merle Haggard and the Strangers.
Arguably based on the 1981 Keddie Resort murders in northern California, although this has not been substantiated by anyone connected with the movie, and the writer claiming it is based on a childhood experience.
The script was originally titled "The Faces."
Liv Tyler suffered from tonsillitis during shooting.
The movie was not shot inside an actual house. The interior of the house was built on a sound stage.
The car crash sequence was filmed in three takes.
The film was originally scheduled for release in the summer of 2007. After two delays, it was released on May 30, 2008.
The blond doll face first makes an appreance asking if "Tamara was home." Gemma Ward, who plays this character, also played in Pirates of the Caribbean: 'Stranger' Tides as Tamara.
Liv Tyler's father is Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. Before making it big with Aerosmith, a teenage Steven Tyler was in another band, which was originally called "The Strangers."
James's car has North Dakota license plates.
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The shotgun James uses against the strangers is a Mossberg 500 Bantam.
James's car is a 1986 Volvo 240 [244].
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The strangers' pickup truck is a 1972 Ford F-100.
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Mark Romanek was originally slated to direct the film.
Mike's car is 1984 Jeep Cherokee.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Before filming any scene after the strangers begin terrorizing the couple, Liv Tyler would have to run laps, do jumping jacks, and other physical activities to get her out of breath, to help simulate the panic her character would have been experiencing.
According to director Bryan Bertino and Liv Tyler, the finale in the original script had much more interaction and dialogue between the victims and the strangers. This was cut in order to keep the intruders mysterious and eerie.
There were two prosthetic makeups for Glenn Howerton. The first, which took three hours in the make-up chair, was for a 'fresh kill' effect, when he was shot in the face by Scott Speedman. The second was for the scene showing him one hour later.
Of the three strangers, Man in the Mask is the only one who does not speak.
The houses shown during the opening credits each resemble a famous house from various classic horror movies, such as A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Halloween (1978) and The Amittyville Horror (1979).
The film is thought to be a remake of the French film Them (2006). Both revolve around a couple being under attack in a secluded area, and have similar endings.

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