a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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…
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!
The movie is about a young couple takes a vacation to a remote location where they are terrorized by strangers. Remember how John Carpenter's Halloween was so scary and so chilling to watch, That movie had good characters and it was so creepy, but the Strangers was really slow and really boring and not scary at all.
Despite terrible performances from Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, a stupid ending, and a fairly uninteresting plot The Strangers has enough scary moments to almost be worth watching. Almost.
Actually a pretty chilling horror film, with a really good first half. The second half falls off, and is a bit disappointing because it really could have been something special. Wandering about in the woods for awhile really does nothing for the film. Still, genuinely creepy with very mysterious adversaries and strong leads (of course, Liv Tyler is always awesome).
Troisième écoute, et ca tient encore la route! Bien que le It'll be easier next time de la fin est plus que superflu, et que la fin elle-même laisse perplexe (est-ce plausible qu'ils se rendent jusqu'au meurtre?), le film est rempli de moments efficaces, et la mise en scène est en général inspirée, mise a part peut-être une surutilisation de la caméra a l'épaule. A plusieurs reprises, un plans est au ralenti sans qu'on s'en apercoive vraiment... je me demande vraiment pour quelle raison... BTW, t'as-vu son autre film, Mockingbird, Patrick?
To state how good this movie is, let me compare it to another great movie that has nothing to do with it:
The Vanishing -Spoorloos- (George Sluizer, 1988) is a movie that gets to you, mostly because its horror is so plausible, so very close to home in how real it could be. The disappearance of a lovely, young german girl at the hands of some regular Jacques, and the all too disturbing events that follow, inspire a fear that feeds on our evident frailty in the face of the cruelty of others.
The unfortunate american remake of The Vanishing feeds on our hope that in the end everything will be alright. Neither Spoorloos nor The Strangers give us that.
No knights in shining armor, no deus ex machina. The violence and the pain in The Strangers, which any of us could suffer, yet any of us could just as well deal, is just plain horrible.
Do not miss it.
"Why are you doing this to us?"
"Because you were home."
The Strangers is one of those horror films that actually tries to not be a cliché and attempts something new; the premise is small and mediocre, but the subsequent scenes and finale prove to be a lot more.
The finale however is one of the biggest downfalls of this film: it was clever and different, but at the same time anti-climatic and unlikeable.
Another problem with this film is that it is too dark, not in the figurative sense, but the literal sense. I could only recognise what was happening from Liv Tyler screaming, which of course is annoying and constant in The Strangers. I guess she learnt something…
Dull romantic backstory for the leads, but the insidious aura of menace was very effective. Why did Liv Tyler whisper all of her lines??
Even thought the invaders seem a little superhuman towards the end, this film is probably the tensest film I've watched in quite some time.
Loved the use of sound, darkness, and masks to build up tension. Also liked the limited amount of gore.
Um es kurz zu machen: Die Parallelen zu Funny Games sind definitiv da. Es gibt keinen eindeutigen OST, keinen Plot, keine Charakterbeschreibungen - NICHTS. Und man wird in einen Raum voller Verrückter geschubst in dem Wissen, nichts am Film ändern zu können, aber dennoch zu zuschauen.
Vielleicht wäre meine Wertung anders ausgefallen, wenn ich eben erwähnten österreichischen Streifen nicht ein paar Stunden zuvor gesehen hätte - so wirkt es aber leider nur wie der Versuch einer Kopie.
Zwar lebt der Film von den Emotionen und Bildern, stirbt aber an gleicher Stelle auch durch diese.
The Strangers feels as though it wants to be two very different films. While I enjoyed it, there's a distinct difference (you can actually point to the moment where the film shifts its tone and focus) between the first and second halves.
The former is drenched in tension and palpable suspense. Nothing much happens, but the smallest moments put me on the edge of my seat (notably the moment that adorns the poster of this film). The latter is a very by the numbers slasher flick that, while still creepy in parts, doesn't amount to the absolute nail-biting suspense of the former.
And I'm not mad that it turned into a slasher -…
The first two times I saw this movie, I watched it under ideal conditions. I was by myself. It was dark out and the lights were off inside. I wasn't on my laptop or checking my phone. I was just watching the movie, and both times I had to pause it halfway through to give my racing heart a break. I don't have to pause it halfway through anymore, though. I watch it with the lights on.
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