The Strangers (15)

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Aug 26 2008

An unacknowledged Hollywood remake of the French horror movie ‘Them’ –  in which a couple in a remote holiday home are terrorised by a trio of nocturnal attackers – this suspense film by first-time writer-director Bryan Bertino initially squeezes some surprisingly effective scares out of familiar elements. Sadly, the scenario quickly becomes attenuated and unbelievable.

Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, having fallen out over a refused marriage proposal, spy barely glimpsed figures in Kewpie doll, Scarecrow and Betty Boop masks looming out of shadows – and the banging, frightening and chasing starts.

Tyler looks suitably vulnerable throughout; Speedman is hamstrung by his character’s penchant for dumb, self-endangering behaviour. It all goes utterly pear-shaped when Speedman’s pal turns up before dawn, while the ‘Funny Games’-derived coda vainly strives for an intellectual weight that the film has not earned.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Aug 29, 2008

Duration:

85 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Bryan Bertino

Screenwriter:

Bryan Bertino

Cast:

Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks, Laura Margolis, Glenn Howerton

Cinematography:

Peter Sova

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J sULLY

I was very much looking forward to this movie after seeing the previews. What a let down, quite possibly the worst film ive seen all year! Do not watch!!

sherelle

I adored this film. Its everything a horror movie should be, creepy, suspensful and very true to life. The most frightening thing about this movie is that it could actually happen, theres no cheesy CGI effects and it does not rely on gore. Its shows you that the one place in the world you feel safe may not be as safe as you think

sherelle

I adored this film. Its everything a horror movie should be, creepy, suspensful and very true to life. The most frightening thing about this movie is that it could actually happen, theres no cheesy CGI effects and it does not rely on gore. Its shows you that the one place in the world you feel safe may not be as safe as you think

rach

I feel hard grudged even giving this a review! but i feel that i should warn people not to watch this! I must admit the first 15=-20 minutes were a bit suspenseful but thats it! You guys are talking about this being gruesome - how sheltered are you! there was like 3 drops of blood! sorry but not my cup of tea!

Ash

This film was ok although half of it didn't make sense. Plus we watched it at home so the suspense and noise part didn't really get us. Some of the comments on here are so thick though come on! A- The phone call at the beginning is from one of the little kids named JORDAN, NOT the woman. And the three masked people, was TWO women and ONE man, not TWO guys and one woman.....duh!!!!!!!!!!!

Hector Abel

I can seeit over and over again.Liv Tyler is perfect.Scott Speedman is not in Tylers league,but soon he will.Shocking!

Hector Abel

I can seeit over and over again.Liv Tyler is perfect.Scott Speedman is not in Tylers league,but soon he will.Shocking!

Radic

I got a couple of knives and some masks lying around. Whom of you should i pay a visit? react quick and you might get a bonus..

Radic

I got a couple of knives and some masks lying around. Whom of you should i pay a visit? react quick and you might get a bonus..

countrygirl

i LOVED this movie. it scared the sh*t out of me. it's the best scary movie every. there was a plot to it. the only reason they were killed is because they were home. its based on a true event. all those things really did happen. the woman was the only one that survived. if you didnt like it then ur stupid as h*ll. the houses that were down the road (of course we never saw them) were broke into. the three people really did torture that couple that way. you dont even know what ur talking about when you say there was no story line

countrygirl

i LOVED this movie. it scared the sh*t out of me. it's the best scary movie every. there was a plot to it. the only reason they were killed is because they were home. its based on a true event. all those things really did happen. the woman was the only one that survived. if you didnt like it then ur stupid as h*ll. the houses that were down the road (of course we never saw them) were broke into. the three people really did torture that couple that way. you dont even know what ur talking about when you say there was no story line

Laura (Age 14)

I thought the film was amazing...My favourite yet. I understood the ending. 'It will be easier next time' Come on there probably are going to go on a killing spree..Maybe 'The Strangers 2' Was easy to work out. Best film yet. 5 star rating.

Laura (Age 14)

I thought the film was amazing...My favourite yet. I understood the ending. 'It will be easier next time' Come on there probably are going to go on a killing spree..Maybe 'The Strangers 2' Was easy to work out. Best film yet. 5 star rating.

katy H

GO C THIS FILM.. its amazing! i watched it with my m8s and we were sooo scared it was funny! Its an amazing film that scares the shit out of you! PLEASE go and c it and DONT listen to the people who say its rubbish because ITS A GR8 FILM!

katy H

GO C THIS FILM.. its amazing! i watched it with my m8s and we were sooo scared it was funny! Its an amazing film that scares the shit out of you! PLEASE go and c it and DONT listen to the people who say its rubbish because ITS A GR8 FILM!

Matt

What the hell is Joe talking about? He obviously has no imagination! I spent the whole film glued to the edge of my seat. It was everything a suspenseful horror film should be, full of jumps, jolts and scares as well as bags of atmosphere. The creepy country tunes on the record player were a particularly effective touch I thought. Plus at less than an hour and a half, it doesn't outstay its' welcome. Yeah it might not be original, but as a nerve shredding chiller it does the job.

Matt

What the hell is Joe talking about? He obviously has no imagination! I spent the whole film glued to the edge of my seat. It was everything a suspenseful horror film should be, full of jumps, jolts and scares as well as bags of atmosphere. The creepy country tunes on the record player were a particularly effective touch I thought. Plus at less than an hour and a half, it doesn't outstay its' welcome. Yeah it might not be original, but as a nerve shredding chiller it does the job.

Brenda Mitchell

This film was very brutal, the end was just ridiculous and it should have had an 18 rating.How someone of 15 could sit and watch this film is beyond my logical thinking. I am not easily put off scary films but this one went beyond anything I have ever seen, why was it made ?

Sb

This film will defenitely make you jump, but the storyline does not have a point to it and the ending was rubbish.

Djole

Did anyone feel cheated by the film makers ? The opening sequence of the film with the distraught phone call by Liv Tyler after the gruesome events ,yet to unfold in the main body of the film, and the actual ending do not relate to each other !!! ( Magic new phone for one! ) BIG BIG LET DOWN OF A MOVIE

pinkbabe

s*** sceary dont get popcorn it wont last five minits it will be on the floor from the first jump. brillient! loved it!!!!!

pinkbabe

s*** sceary dont get popcorn it wont last five minits it will be on the floor from the first jump. brillient! loved it!!!!!

Katie

Terrible- Not Scary- Quite boring - Would not recomend. Thats all I can say really

critique

Brutal and suspenseful, this suffers (as most scary movies do) from too many plot and character implausibilities. Not at all a remake of the superior Them; the only connection being the basic premise of a couple being terrorised in an isolated home.

Rob H

What a pointless film. Yes, it makes you jump and it's scary in places but the plot is so thin it's almost non existant. Also, at 85 minutes this is a short film but it's so drawn out it could do with having 20 mins shaved off the running length. It would work better as a TV movie and even then it wouldn't be anything to write home about. The characters are two dimensional and implausible and the ending renders the previous 70 minutes meaningless. What a waste of time!

Echidna

What a dissapointment. 'Them'- the film this is based on- was much better. The true events this film claims to be absed on did happen, but this is an insult to the poor people involved.

Carolann

good thriller, bit miffed with the "inspired by true events" one of my reasons for going to see it. but it's not based on true events, Liv tyler is excellent, even when she was declining the proposal her expression was perfect. I was genuinely frightened, ending was hard to watch, but thats horror flicks for you, goodies never win! I recommend it, good film! Just for Liv's performance.

usman khawaja

cellular with batteries not included this movie is a labour of love for liv tyler as it opens on her lovely face and finishes on her gashed countenance ,in between the camera explores her form and face from every angle just as perversely as the strangers indulge in their sadistic plan of savagery. she gives a lovely performance in every respect which makes up for speedman's defficiencies as both an actor and a character as he is the last person in wisconsin who would leave his cell in the car after getting alarm terror calls from his besieged home which has already been stalked by a nutty looking woman who they and us agree looked like a ghost . they surely got what was coming to them and when you think there were 3 of them,2 men and a women against 2 women and a man,their situation becomes even more ludicrous . i think i will agree tyler deserves better than this as she has talent galore as i watched this for her expressions alone , but there are too many loopholes here and the rich americans take more precautions then this when going out in the country in the middle of nowhere as other wise there would be no country estates left in america , this is trying to cash in on the american paranoia of terrorists and it does not succeed in convincing us of the plausibility of the events shown on screen as liv tyler has even forgotten to charge her mobile at the weekend . the guns and ammunition is enough to maintain an army arsenal ,yet they behave like kids and it becomes quite comic in affect as they whimper and sob when people will be charged with adrenaline and fighting back -the pen knife liv tyler was holding just about said everything about the skills of the script writer , the masks look strangely like ku klux clan and is this some kind of a religious ritual is also hinted upon with all the candles and fire lit in the hearth and the musical choices that play on a record player ,when is the last time you listened to a record ? strange people but not smart people indeed . - jbz7879

Cookie

A good film, Full of suspence but mabey just a little too much. You find yourself full of fear but it never deliverd the gore that is needed at the end of the suspence.A good ending that leaves you thinking and pondering what really happened. A film that is a good view and lots of fun, it will have you hiding behind your hands.

Emma

got to be the scariest film ive seen, very jumpy, but also one of the best films ever made.

Emma

got to be the scariest film ive seen, very jumpy, but also one of the best films ever made.

Eliza

This movie scared the life out of me. I seriously could not sleep when I got home after seeing it.

Eliza

This movie scared the life out of me. I seriously could not sleep when I got home after seeing it.

emily

I loved the strangers but I really do think that Byran should do an independent film. He would be great for one plus big "studio" movies tend to be bland or boring. I know tons of people who would run out to see an independent movie with bryan bertino directing.

Joe

This absolutely the worst film I have ever seen. Please do not waste your time. There is no plot so do not be fooled by the misleading review above. You will watch two people freaked out by noises be caught with no resistance whatsoever. They will be tied to a chair and each stabbed with a knife that's it. A senseless random murder. As bad as The Ruins movie was, it smokes this. I guarantee you will be disappointed.