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!
This horror movie revolves around a couple (Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman) that are staying in a house in a remote area (never a good idea in a horror movie). At 4:00 clock in the morning...there is a knock on the front door and all hell breaks loose.
I found the first 30 minutes of this movie to be an intense attention grabbing thriller. Sadly the movie really falls apart in the final hour. Our couple makes really bad decisions (too be expected in a horror movie)....but the movie seems to fall in love with the shot of our heroine being in the forefront of the shot...while the villains can only be seen by the audience in the background. This "John…
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.
This movie made me uncomfortable. Shotgun scene, yup da best.
I went to see this movie in the theatre and remember I left feeling like I was shorted. I was so captivated by the trailer and so excited to see this, that maybe my expectations were too high, and I left the theatre disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it was a good movie overall, but I thought it had way more to offer.
I just rewatched this movie and the second time around definitely hit all my sweet spots when it comes to a great horror movie. The thing The Strangers has going for it is that it is SUPER CREEPY. Strangers is a throwback to the days when they made movies that scared you with creepy images that wrapped…
This movie starts beautifully and ends horribly.
Unoriginal horror movie is entertaining and scary.
Yet another foray into the popular, oft-mined scenario of the home invasion horror subgenre, and it's a respectable effort. It's tightly directed, hence zipping by pretty quickly, and provides the necessary tension and dread-filled atmosphere that a film like this is hinged upon, with a few violent surprises peppered throughout that satisfied my inner sadist. Liv Tyler was also quite strong, even if Scott Speedman opposite her looked like he needed some uppers half the time. However, I can't rightly say this film brought anything particularly new to the genre that differentiated it from others that have appeared in the past couple years prior to its release in '08. The French flick Them did the similar premise a lot better,…
Jesus Christ! This film is so boring, I was pondering whether I should take up knitting, or macramé.
I would rather watch my fuckin' toenails grow.
someone needs to tell the purge's director that this is how you make a home invasion movie.
People tell me that "The Strangers" is the most frighting film of this decade. To that I say, bullshit. I've never been so bored watching something that's meant to be suspenseful.
Do anything but watch this movie... shit, even the room is better than this pile of trite garbage.
And I say this as a big fan of the device...
no plot > plot.
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