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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!
>making a movie about a home invasion
>having glenn howerton of it's always sunny fame in the cast
>glenn howerton's character dennis in it's always sunny is known for being a sociopath with implied serial killer/rapist tendencies and being overall extremely disturbed
>casting glenn howerton as the brother who's entire character arc is just walking into a house and getting fucking destroyed by a shotgun
>wasting glenn howerton
I WANT TO LIV
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.
Directed by: Bryan Bertino (feature film debut, is in post-production for his next film, Mockingbird)
Written by: Bertino as well
Starring: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Glenn Howerton, Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks and Laura Margolis
What it’s about: a couple are victim to a home invasion terrorizing
B-Movie Alternate Title: The Strangers in Your House!
Movie Mash Up: for tone, I’d say it’s very Blair Witch Project, but there are loads of other elements to it as well. It’s a psychologically terrifying film.
What I liked: the sheer terror of the movie; how economical everything is, there are no wasted movements or scenes, everything plays a part in the night of terror; effective use of music; the acting was great for…
Although this was a good horror film, the make up of the characters decision downplays the whole movie. It's good, this film will always be a perfect home invasion like film just the decision poorly made afterwhile.
Pure Horror. Almost a perfect home invasion film.
Pretty sure the entire film is shot handheld, and it’s one of the only examples I could point to if asked to name a film where I liked that method (the others probably being Lars Von Trier films). The aesthetic isn’t incredible, but it’s more than serviceable, it lends itself to a serious tone and a method of scare delivery that always works. It plays with pitch black blind spots of the characters on screen and focuses on the setting and shot reverse shot editing that reveals sudden appearances of the intruders.
It’s so tonally serious and devoid of humor that it’s almost funny how serious it is (especially at how dramatic…
"The Strangers" ist kein schönes Erlebnis. Warum sollte es auch, es ist ein Horrorfilm, könnte man nun ins Feld führen. Soll uns dieses Genre etwa ein warmes, gemütliches Gefühl im Magen verursachen? Wohl kaum. Es ist auch gar nicht so sehr der Nihilismus und der Sadismus des Films, den man noch als Ausdruck einer tiefen Angst vor seinen Mitmenschen interpretieren kann, der sauer aufstößt. Es ist vielmehr die Weigerung von Regiedebütant Bryan Bertino (der seit seinem Erstling keinen Film mehr gedreht hat, aber zwei inzwischen laut IMDB in Produktion hat), uns mehr zu geben als ein paar billige und ein, zwei wirklich effektive Schocks.
The name Tamara means something entirely different to me now. The Strangers loves to toy with its audience as much as its main antagonists love to toy with Liv Tyler. It's wonderfully eerie using atmosphere and, more specifically, lighting to its advantage.
This being said, a lot of the scenes seem to play with things I've seen done better in other horror films. Much of it seemed to expand upon my favorite shot from John Carpenter's Halloween in which Michael Meyers lurks in the shadows behind Jamie Lee Curtis in close up. Here it's played with much more at a distance so as to make a creepy game of "Where's Waldo?" of it, but it is very effective and rather…
A basic home invasion horror plot, but great direction and pacing make this a stand-out.
Dennis gets shot in the face
This has got to be one of the scariest movies that came out in the first decade of the 2000s. After a relatively long build-up in which we get to sympathize with the two leads, and are given hints as to why their relationship is falling apart (but never the whole story), things start to happen around the 20 minute mark, and for at least the next 40 minutes I was unable to move or even tell whether I was going to make it till the end. The story is very simple, and has been filmed many times - a couple coming home to their secluded house after a night out is threatened by a group of intruders who invade…
Hay que tener mucho cuidado con la forma en que se narran las historias. El principal problema de The Strangers es que su director, Bryan Bertino, no lo hace del modo adecuado. Tenemos una historia más vieja que el tebeo, sobre todo dentro del cine de horror: una pareja es acosada por un grupo de desconocidos en una casa aislada. A partir de ahí, el consabido juego del gato y el ratón. Unos corren, los otros persiguen, el armario como escondite, los porrazos en la puerta... la falta de tensión radica en que el director, primero, estructura tan debilmente la historia que la empatía con los personajes es nula (hacia la mitad de la película desconectas completamente, y te da…
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…