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!
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.
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 Strangers' es una película que no puede dejar indiferente a quien la vea. Particularmente porque a pesar de que el guión y la parte técnica no presenten nada novedoso la manera en la que se desarrolla la película es algo que hace mucho no se explotaba de manera tan marcada en el género del horror: el suspenso y el terror psicológico. The Strangers es una película lenta, sútil y que a su favor se puede notar la ausencia del susto duro y rápido, aquí "los extraños" se dedican a crear una atmósfera de auténtico suspenso en los protagonistas (y de paso en el espectador). Y bueno, cabe recalcar que esta película de 2007 se estrenó precisamente en un año…
3/4s of a perfect horror movie.
The Strangers is part of a subgenre that I'm surprised isn't an actual thing - psychological torture porn. Unlike Saw (2004) and its ilk, the agony we feel isn't due to mutilations and penetrations. Instead it's from the absence of this visceral release. Bryan Bertino makes us care for his protagonists, but he loves his villains. The pleasure he gets from showing the masked tormentors lurking in the shadows, just out of sight, and then cutting back to the terrorized couple is gratuitous to the extreme. We're watching a game that we know is rigged from the start (this would be the case with or without it opening in medias res).
Is this a good or bad thing? It depends…
Some very tense, anxiety-producing moments, but also very tedious.
One of my favorite horror movies and a classic as far as I'm concerned. The setting and characters feel real and lived in, the strangers are terrifying, and the cinematography is great. There are scenes from this movie that recall the classics like Halloween in the best way.
[English/ Spanish review]
A couple is violently harassed by a group of masked and mostly silent individuals, that seem to find amusement in playing with them as if they were simply petty little animals in this slow burning and tense home invasion horror movie. Bryan Bertino, in his debut as a film director, also plays with his audience, as most horror filmmakers do, through cinematography, sound, music, framing, pace, props, shadows and -particularly in this case- depth of field. But he does so with notable conviction and class. The result is quite effective at times (not always) in thrills and also in delivering a more character-driven approach (Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler contribute to portray a different take as the…
This movie held suspense perfectly and each scare was perfectly set-up, but it ended up being highly repetitive and not developed enough. The ending was unsatisfying and did not manage to retain the feeling of dread after the credits rolled.
The Strangers me dio miedo. O no sé si en vez de miedo me provocó intranquilidad, pues estaba solo en mi casa cuando la estaba viendo.
La cosa es que creo que causó eso en mí porque lo que pasa en la historia le puede pasar a cualquiera y eso asusta más porque sabes que *puede* pasar, contrario a películas que usan a demonios/fantasmas/aliens en sus tramas. En fin, esto tiene más probabilidades de pasar según en lo que creas.
Media estrella más por los gritos de Liv Tyler.
From the moment the completely overdramatic opening narration begins, you know you're not in for quite what you expected when you went to see the Strangers. That's mistake number 1: extending your marketing gimmick into the opening of your film. But when the movie-voice-guy stops reading the "ominous" monologue about how many people per year are killed in violent crimes, the movie doesn't exactly jump back and capture your attention. I went to see the Strangers because the trailer made it look like it might be a solid and tense home-invasion horror movie. A minimal cast of characters with a mysterious group of killers out to get them usually implies that the movie has to sustain a great level of…
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Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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