Saw the screening for this film and it was truly terrifying. The whole audience was screaming at parts and there are several scenes that make you jump. The tension buildup during the movie is incredible. Some of the scenes are disturbing but not overly gory. Liv Tyler does a convincing job of making you feel the fright and a lot of the acting is non-verbal. Scott Speedman also does an excellent and believable job. With todays crazy headlines, this is the kind of movie that you can actually imagine happening somewhere in this country in real life. Trust me, at the end of this movie you will be <more>
double checking the locks on your doors and windows.
A little derivative, but extremely suspenseful and quite frightening. (by heywuzupguwl)
I can't recall the last time I went to the theater and saw a horror film that actually scared me, that is, until I saw "The Strangers". I was a wreck during this movie - the suspense is wound like a tight wire and it just pulls more and more until you feel like it's going to snap right at you - and it does. The story follows a troubled couple who are attacked by three masked intruders with evil intentions at their remote vacation house. This movie has a sort of "old school" feel to it, and relies on small things to scare you rather than buckets of blood and gore , <more>
but it does it successfully. Everything from the sound design, the cinematography, and the appearances of the strangers themselves are beyond chilling, and the reactions of the characters are realistic. Bottom line is, if you like horror movies especially if you're a fan of old school horror such as Carpenter's "Halloween" and the like you'll probably find this to be an enjoyable throwback to a genre that is losing its integrity. "The Strangers" is well worth the price of admission - I saw it a week ago and I'm still a little jittery if I'm home by myself! Great horror flick, and probably the classiest one to hit theaters in a long, long time.
This made me scared to walk through my house. (by Cole_Early)
WOW. WOW. WOW.This is another one of those, "even scarier because it could actually happen" movies. And it could, obviously. No superpowers, no living after death, no invincible serial killer... it's all right here in reality. Things like this really happen, and, as always, that's what makes a scary movie significant in 99.9% cases.A recently-unhappier couple stay for the night in a remote area, rather far from civilization, but not totally in the middle of nowhere. The three masked strangers, begin to stalk them in newly-unique ways- ways that exceed suspense consisted in <more>
"Halloween" or "Black Christmas". This is an upgrade in suspense, for sure. My teeth still hurt from biting down so hard for so long.If you are even the least bit interested in JUST SUSPENSE, SEE THIS MOVIE!!!
I was lucky enough to catch an early screening of this over the weekend, and all I can say is WOW. This movie grabbed my attention not as quickly as I would have liked, but when it did get me, it held on tight. This movie is terrifying, maybe not in the way you would expect it to be, but this movie is just about as disturbing as it comes. While I don't see it becoming an instant classic right away, I can definitely see this as a legendary horror film in a few years. While the story wasn't exactly "one of a kind" I've seen the original, and the french version <more>
"Ils" , it is one that never stops scaring. The acting was great from the whole cast, and you could literally feel the tension and the fear. In some points I even felt my heart skip a beat or two. Personally, don't believe any of the VERY FEW poor reviews this movie has received, you will definitely be scared and shocked at this movie, and you will definitely want to sleep with the lights on....
Let me start this review by saying that I had high expectations for this movie. I guess my reasoning for those expectations was the fact that the burlap sack mask was one of few masks that actually creeped me out, the others being leatherface and of course, Jason Voorhees. Anyhow, this movie was fantastic. It was truly terrifying, which is saying something coming from me. I have never seen a movie that messed with my head as bad as this movie. Scenes where the killers are standing in the background, completely visible but behind the characters, were fantastic. There were parts where all would <more>
be silent, you'd be ready to jump, and somewhere, in one of the other rooms, one of the killers would simply start the record player, which messes with you cause you're so ready for someone to jump and scare the hell out of you. In conclusion, this is the best new horror I've seen since the remake of the Texas chainsaw massacre, the only thing keeping me from giving it a 10 is a plot hole near the beginning of the movie, that bugged me, but the absolute perfection of the rest of the movie completely outweighed it.
Pretty fun and suspenseful flick (by DeltaParadox)
I have long awaited the release of The Strangers ever since i watched the first trailers and after watching the second i was just counting the days until it came out and i have to say i was very pleased.The Strangers is one of the best horror movies I've seen in a long time due to the mere fact that this is true horror that doesn't require extreme violence to try to scare people, this movie IS NOT A GORE MOVIE but works very well to deliver the scares and is also occasionally violent and everything is very well done.The movie is filled with extreme tension since the very beginning and <more>
the build up is amazing and truly delivers raw terror and tension although there isn't much plot and it doesn't have much character development it doesn't need it, it does what it was meant to do very well with a good story, acting and truly some of the most suspenseful moment ever, there are several clichés here and there but it doesn't change the fact that this is a great film and a true masterpiece in suspense.I recommend it to people that enjoy more subtle horror and heavy suspense and even if not you might still like it.9/10
Who knew they still made movies like this? (by Wolf30x)
The Strangers is a movie that delivers everything it promises it would. It scares you. Simple as that. Instead of relying on buckets of gore and an over-contrived premise, it keeps things simple and thats what makes it work. For an hour and a half, the viewer is subjected to a slowly mounting sense of dread that just keeps building without ever pulling back. The story never falls victim to the usual horror movie clichés, but at the same time , it doesn't make any ridiculous attempts to go against them. Perhaps the best thing that the movie has going for it is it's believability. <more>
There isn't really any thing to distract the viewer from buying into the premise wholeheartedly. Considering that this is the director's first ever movie, it's a feat that's even more impressive. This is the kind of movie you shouldn't watch at home alone in the dark.
Like 'em scary ? You'll enjoy THE STRANGERS (by Kelt Smith)
If you like scary movies, you'll enjoy THE STRANGERS. Young couple LIV TYLER & SCOTT SPEEDMAN go to his parents isolated vacation home for the night. Arriving late at night, they're not in the house for long before the 'strangers' begin to slowly toy with the two. Strange sounds, moved objects, a young girl at the front door at 4 am looking for an unknown. I won't say anything more about the plot because I don't want to spoil it for you. I will say that the movie pulls you in from the beginning. It is fast paced and well done. Additionally the main characters in <more>
the film are sensible with the situation for the most part; unlike so many horror movies where the would be victims are constantly doing stupid things making it easier for the perpetrator s . The film has all of the ingredients for a good scary movie and it delivers !
I seem to be approaching nihilist films on a streak, viewing "The Virgin Spring" recently. The Strangers has a lot of that "philosophy" crammed in. I read comments claiming the film doesn't connect us to the characters, and is crammed of every cliché to be. Oh the irony. When we see horror films, being attached to characters is a repeated figure, a screenwriter's must. Bertino does good in creating the night horror without any development, no overbearing crudeness, playing suspense and psychological terror like piano keys.This is the approach: the strangers attack <more>
because their victims "are at home", and they do not respond to pleas, long reasonings or emotions. It's nihilism pure: they kill because they find control and domination powerful, and they don't care about consequences, moral or of any other kind.In that optic, "The Strangers" is truly scary. We are not dealing with supernatural beings, but human beings, who chose the path of downright evil and can't be convinced of not doing it. People like that may be lurking out there, and that scares most of us viewers.