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The Strangers

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.

Every time I saw the previews I had to look away. Killers freak me out enough, but especially killers in masks. However, I decided to be brave and see the film.

I have to say that it was much better than I ever anticipated it being. In a sea full of remakes and overdone ideas, a good old slasher film was good to see. Especially if you're a horror film fanatic, like myself.

I thought the acting was good. I love Liv Tyler and her counter-part Scott Speedman, although a fairly new actor, did a good job, as well. One might think that showing fear is easy to make real, but it isn't quite.

I enjoyed that the ambiance was more bumps in the night rather than blood and guts, although there is some blood throughout the movie - not enough to make one gag.

Overall I give this a 4/5. I had a couple problems with it, but those are just little things that you can't really understand until you see the film.

Also, it's based on true events.

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gennifer22 gennifer22 7 years 34 weeks
I agree with you on most points. It was a great horror movie because of what it lacked - namely blood and guts. Most horror movies overdo the gore but this flick only used it when it had to. The scares were subtle - the part where she's smoking a cigarette and he steps into view behind her then just as quickly steps back out. The film is even more frightening because of it's realism. Things like this could really happen. Excellent movie.
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years 37 weeks
Wow! I gotta check this one out ASAP.
Bluebunny_14 Bluebunny_14 7 years 49 weeks
Based on TRUE EVENTS? Goodness I got creeped out just reading about it!
mominator mominator 7 years 49 weeks
Thanks! You definitely have my curiousity up. Will put this on my "To watch list".
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 7 years 49 weeks
Lmao, that was one of the issues I had with it, too. Also, the fact that their friend didn't call out when he was in the house. He didn't even whisper. :rotfl: OH well.
miss-britt miss-britt 7 years 49 weeks
i saw it this weekend. OMG it freak the hell out of me. But i was one of those people in the theater like HELLO PICK UP A KNIFE. it was hilarious. Scott Speedman is gorgeous.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 7 years 49 weeks
No problem. :) Most movies based on true events usually are, so I wasn't surprised.
MindayH MindayH 7 years 49 weeks
thanks for adding that link juicyfruit - I was thinking that it was only somewhat based on real events.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 7 years 49 weeks
The events aren't exactly how it is in the film. It's very loosely based, however, the true events are just as scary: read about it here.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years 49 weeks
Great review! I can't wait to see it. I knew it was based on a true story however I wasn't able to get the real information via the net. Instead I found a bunch of hoopla about the upcoming movie. Anyone that can find the true story, please post it here so I can check it out ;) **************************************************** Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if you had aimed at an object on a level with yourself. - F. Hawes ***********************************************
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years 49 weeks
Wonderful review! I will not be going to the theaters for this film (I'm waiting for Tropic Thunder, Dark Knight and Burn After Reading) however I will definitely rent this film in a few months. I think I will really enjoy this movie. I did not know that it was based on a true events; creepy!