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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.
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…
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.
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
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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.
THE BOTTOM LINE: The mundane third act continues to build on the anticlimactic joyride that's been coasting along since the beginning. The acting is more horrific than the movie itself could ever hope to be. The "shotgun" part was the only real moment of shock, suspense, or terror. Otherwise, incredibly lackluster.
Though a little shaky at first (literally, I think one of the cameramen on this might have Parkinson's), once it picks up, it's unrelenting to both the characters and the viewer. It builds up so much tension in such a short amount of time and doesn't stop until the very end.
Another awful home invasion horror movie. Only good part is the Glenn Howerton cameo.
the long-awaited sequel to Aerosmith's "Crazy" video.
the twenty minutes or so of beautiful people moping around to hideous hipster music was tough to sit through. tbh the home invasion thing got old really fast, stopped being scary almost immediately and my mind wandered. i started thinking about cashews. it's incredible how cashews are harvested from a Dr. Seuss style tree where each individual nut grows on its own unique apple. the cashews are detached from their apples and shelled by hand. then the cashews are sorted by size and the apples are turned into liquor. just imagine that when you're eating a third handful of these wonderful nuts: each one was grown on its own apple and hand-harvested. the…
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This has plenty of moments of realistic dread and tension. The last 25 minutes are nearly perfect. But in the first two acts the apparently entirely mortal home invaders have a bit too much of the Jason Voorhees teleportation/disappearing gift. E.g. one standing stock-still in the driveway, protagonist looks away for just a second or two, then in the next moment she's gone. Realistically that would require her flat out booking it into the nearby treeline, which when imagined is just kind of hilarious. But that last act, damn.
What a creepy-ass film. This is such a close hitting movie due to it's probability that it could happen... to anyone. I love it's subtle quality and warm atmosphere. My favorite part is when the Merle Haggard song is playing and while you listen to the lyrics, a man in a mask is creeping behind, ready to strike. The song itself is telling a story that is compatible with the movie. That to me is great writing or directing or both. I am no Liv Tyler fan and I wish someone else played the part, but she did an alright job and I felt her terror. She conveyed her emotions properly. I felt the film ran a bit slow at…
Despite the odd credibility leap, Bertino's home invasion horror brilliantly uses silence, space and primal fears to terrify at will.
Didn't realize it would be this sadistic and unforgiving. Overall, pretty entertaining.
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