I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
Lock the door. Pretend you're safe.
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.
The Strangers at times only barely resembles what you'd call an actual "movie". There are no character arcs, no plot, and no motives to speak of. It almost feels like a documentary at times without actually having that documentary look to it. Sadly, the last few minutes, where it starts getting a little unrealistic, feels out of place and leaves the audience with a somewhat disappointing ending after the nice build-up.
Now, I won't rate the film like I'd usually rate similar films because this slasher flick meets the bare minimum requirements needed to make a feature-length movie, but that somehow doesn't affect my opinion on the movie at all. All I know is the movie was very creepy and atmospheric, hence the four-star rating. Probably one of the scarier horror films to come out in recent years, just because of how simplistic it all was.
I am glad this film's middle part drags and stumbles otherwise I don't think I could have taken it.
The poster sums up everything I find horrific in this film. See, there is one thing that scares me and that is having no control over what is happening to you. Here the Hitchcock approach of showing the danger and keeping the protagonists unaware of it made me squirm in my seat for most of the first act. Being scared by something is always a personal thing, and let's just say I did not feel at ease in my own home while watching it.
I'm glad that the quality of the film dropped in the second act when the plot takes…
Such a creepy game of hide and seek. One of the two movies to actually leave me feeling scared after first seeing it.
One of the more genuinely terrifying films I have watched in sometime, let down only be moments of "the house invaders seem a bit too supernaturally gifted to be human and too cold and disconnected". If that's makes sense... Other than that, this film is very good!
I like that it only follows the couple, and ratchets up the tension through the three home invaders increasingly psychologically torturing the hapless duo.
There are moments of genuine scares, tense nail-biting suspense and flat out creepiness. Well done!
“Well they want something. People don't just stand out there, staring at us like that. They want something.”
-James Hoyt (Scott Speedman)
This entire film can be summarised in a quote from Chris Pontius, Jackass 2. “That was intense, really intense. Well not really intense, but pretty intense.” Couldn’t have said it better myself, Chris.
The Strangers is the feature debut from director Bryan Bertino, whom also wrote the script. By that alone, Strangers is a terrific accomplishment, delivering far more tension and scares than the average thriller. In its entirety, it’s definitely a cut above the typical fare in the genre, and for a first film shows real if unrefined talent.
The acting is excellent from the tiny cast.…
Home invasion Horror, Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman
Now this didn't hold up quite as well as my first time watching it but I still enjoyed it. When I first watched The Strangers I was actually quite spooked and that doesn't happen very often at all. I think it's because it's relateable and real. Jason or Michael coming after me isn't relateable because that's never going to happen so it's not as scary to me even though I love those movies. The Strangers starts off real slow and is super quiet, this really helps build the tension as things begin to take place. A lot of the scares are jump scares but they fit in this type of a film…
The Strangers is one my favorite psychology horror movies . Now yes it does have some flaws but the way it's film is so good. The way The Strangers are portrayed is terrifying. The only thing I don't like about the movie is the husband and wife characters , they are stupid and make dumb moves. This annoyed me a lot but like I said The Strangers is what makes the movie. Overall I like this movie a lot , there are flaws but you can get over them.
Thematically coherent, emotionally evocative, fucking terrible as a HORROR film. Its emotional core in its set up, which doesn't give any indication of it even being a horror film, is the only thing of worth. The film's only ideas are to tie this emotional distance into the broader solipsism of the home invasion genre, then to turn it on its head it by giving outsider context to the central relationship. Too vague for any of that to work, but the real issue is just how shitty it is at its horror mode, which it really only has macguffin interest in, despite it painfully eating up most of the runtime. Exclusively obvious jumpscares (prepare to get SPOOKED every time somebody is…
It saddens me that most modern horror movies rely only or way too much on jump scares, unfortunately The Strangers is no exception. It's the same old dried up formula seen too many times. Victims walk slowly, mouth open, always unaware of where their predator is. Suddenly music gets loud, BAM jump scare, repeat 40 times. Less than 90 minutes long. "Strangers" are as silent and swift as ninjas. Big macho man doesn't believe in danger until he sees it. Surprise, surprise he's wrong. Liv Taylor must've been on some good shit when she decided to play in this movie, directed and written by a no-name director (Bryan Bertino).
Probably one of the best slasher movies that I have ever seen. The Strangers managed to not only creep me out a couple of times but also delivered some shocking moments.
The film loses a tremendous amount of steam around the 40-50 minute mark, but those first 40 minutes are nearly flawless. Even though it becomes less interesting and engaging after that, there are still a few distinct moments of greatness.
Don't show me the danger when the future victims have no idea because believe me I will SCREAM out of the possibility that the same masked guy is standing right behind me.
Other than that, a well directed ''home invasion'' sort of genre. It surely knows how to produce fear at certain moments. Just wish we would have had a deeper plot and connection to the invasors.
One of my top ten "horror" movies! It's effective use of sound, shadow, and just plain unsettling visuals keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Forget the naysayers: pop this in, turn down the lights and curl up on the couch for a nerve-wracking experience. This is about the 4th or 5th time I've seen it and it still works!
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- The Devils
- Carnival of Souls
- The Perfume of the Lady in Black
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
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