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The Strangers (2008)



Critic Consensus: The Strangers has a handful of genuinely scary moments, but they're not enough to elevate the end results above standard slasher fare.

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Explore your worst fears imaginable in this Unrated version, now with never-before-viewed scenes too shocking and intense for theaters! After a 4 a.m. knock at the door and a haunting voice, Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt's (Scott Speedman) remote getaway becomes a psychological night of terror as three masked strangers invade. Now they must go far beyond what they thought themselves capable of if they hope to survive.

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Liv Tyler
as Kristen McKay
Scott Speedman
as James Hoyt
Gemma Ward
as Dollface
Kip Weeks
as Man in the Mask
Laura Margolis
as Pin-Up Girl
Peter Clayton-Luce
as Mormon Boy #2
Alex Fisher
as Mormon Boy #1
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Critic Reviews for The Strangers

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (50)

The movie is best before the mayhem actually starts: First-time writer-director Bryan Bertino gets right some priceless details as the couple try to deal with the evening's earlier fallout, and elevates his movie above other horror films.

March 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The formula of calm followed by shock is repeated until one tires of the technical polish of Bryan Bertino's directorial debut (with nods towards Funny Games and the French Them?) in the absence of coherent plot or character development.

March 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Bertino's directorial smarts are on display from the first slow-cut montage of rural homes glimpsed from the window of a moving car. It's a passage suggesting free-floating, arbitrary menace.

March 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Given the two dominant trends in recent American horror -- meat-grinder gore and remakes of Asian films involving creepy pale children -- this nasty but rather tightly made film almost counts as a return to classical virtues. Almost.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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It is, thus, heartening to encounter a picture that trusts its viewers to be unnerved by curtains of silence, interrupted by the occasional obscure thud.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

The Strangers has a couple of scares, but it's not anywhere near as frightening as advertised. The creepy folks of the title are more fumbling than fiendish.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for The Strangers

An inconceivably horrid display of sadism with an amount of stupidity that I can't remember seeing before (and I really wanted to punch Bertino in the face for raping my brains like that), relying on two characters who seem to be competing for most shockingly stupid of all time. (Zero stars)

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Horror elements work and it effectively relies on a super slim story. Other then that, this film becomes frustrating

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To briefly sum up the film for those people with little time or short attention spans, here is a brief summary: it's an average flick with some jumpy moments and a lack of story. Now, for people with more time and are happy to read that little bit more, here is the usual more detailed review! The Strangers is just one of those films you wonder what was going through the director's head when they made this! The Strangers is a sort of Slasher film about a night where a guy proposes to his girlfriend, is rejected, and then they all start getting attacked by people with masks on their faces, as you do! Really, it's not that great a film; it provides few scares, little point and a lack of violence as well! It would probably have been acceptable had it actually had more of a story to it, other than the random terrorisation. The story is sort of believable, but leaves you thinking of a few questions you would want to ask the main characters: "If you could run out of the house, why didn't you run away from the attackers?", "Why didn't you leave earlier when things began to get weird?" and "Is there a possibility that the events would have been different had she said yes to the proposal?" But we can only wonder, and what I would like to leave you with is this: don't watch it, unless you need a little bit of light entertainment to pass 1 hour and a bit!

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