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.
Narrator : What you are about to see is inspired by true events. According to the FBI, there are an estimated 1.4 million violent crimes in America each year. On the night of February 11, 2005, Kristen McKay and James Hoyt left a friend's wedding reception and returned to the Hoyt family's summer home. The brutal events that took place there are still not entirely known.
When I first watched this it was a horrible copy, and I didn't even see the guy standing behind Liv Tyler in the horrifying scene shown on the cover. Let me just say when I saw it the second time, I was like...
then for like 10 more minutes I was still like...…
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.
“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…
After seeing all the love for this here lately and armed with a shiny new Netflix account I thought it would be good to catch up on The Strangers!
Well...I was pretty bored by it really.
On the positive side, it was good to get some psycho women for a change and them doing it for absolutely no reason made it scarier. Also, it must have been quite tense because when my phone slipped onto the floor I had to climb down from the ceiling.
But it annoyed me by showing the end at the start, I truly hate that trend, and I didn't like either character so didn't really care what was happening to them!
For such a short film it seemed to go on forever too.
This movie was pointless and a complete waste of time. For the whole time I was just waiting for the intruders to really show up and something to really happen but most of the time it was just some creepy noises and masked figures appearing in the background. Even after an hour it felt like nothing had happened. Ehhh. Boring.
It was either going for shock, which I got, or it was going for deep which I didn't. If the latter, Funny Games did it better. Creepy and scary but absent a point. Yep.
Plots don't get much simpler than this one. After a friends wedding reception a couple go back to their summer home for the night. At four in the morning a very creepy looking girl knocks on the door asking "if tamara is home", they tell her no and send her on her way. From here on in its pure horror as masked intruders terrorize the couple.
I thought this was pretty damn effective. There's almost no dialogue, brief back story and a complete lack of motivation for the "strangers". Instead of being a hindrance I found this minimalism to really increase the scares to a surreal nightmarish level. Really great direction here surprised to see it is the filmmakers only film.
[pass] (38min) Remember in 2012 when it was hip to like this movie. HA! What a joke. Not scary. Not suspenseful. If done right a slow burn could be great, done wrong and you get hogshit like this.
I kept hearing what a throwback and terrifying movie this was, but I found myself frustrated by one genre trope I think modern horror has fallen into, and that is of the omniscient antagonist. This has been a problem for ages with the horror genre, but I feel has only grown in starker relief as time has gone by. Here we have masked figures who are not supernatural but act as if they are. They know just the right time to duck behind a tree or disappear as a character turns a corner, and they have access to the house as they need it, with no attempt to establish how.
By keeping the killers methods a mystery and using them…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Thriller about a couple in a summer home being menaced by three strangers wearing masks. First half was good but it went downhill after that. I can only turn off my brain so much while watching people make stupid decisions. What a waste of potential.
My son really digs horror movies, and home invasion theme is the most scary for him. It has something to do with losing the basic safety of your own home. You think you are safe, when your doors are locked, but ...
And yeah, it WAS scary. Not my favorite, but still quite thrilling. I really dig the ending. Well worth a watch.
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