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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Horror elements work and it effectively relies on a super slim story. Other then that, this film becomes frustrating
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!
The Strangers Quotes
|Kristen McKay:||(scared and crying) There's someone out there...|
|Kristen McKay:||There's someone out there.|
|James Hoyt:||I haven't heard a dog bark, a car pass, nothing.|
|James Hoyt:||Im going to open the door and i just want you to run, okay.|
|Man in the Mask:||[starts busting door down with axe]|
|Kristen McKay:||Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!|
|Dollface:||Your gonna die.|