The Strangers (2008) Review:Director:Bryan Bertino/Writer:Bryan Bertino

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I saw this film in theaters back in 2008 and forever has stuck with me, lets just say things don’t end happily ever after as the mood gets tarnished from the start. The movie Claims it’s inspired by true events that occurred to James Hoyt(Scott Speedman) and his girlfriend Kristen Mckay(Liv Tyler) on the night of February 11,2005 as the couple left a friends wedding reception returning to the Hoyt’s family home.  In reality The Strangers(2008) was loosely based on various home invasion murders, including The Manson Murders, as well as the Austrian couple that was murdered by three teenagers in their vacation home in The Czech Republic. The movies carries on as we met a young couple just arriving at the family home late at night seemingly just getting in a very verbal argument as both are very distant to one another. The night moves slowly as Hoyt calls for a ride from a friend to leave as we come to find out everything was perfect with Kristen the whole night until he popped the question. Things start going very weary and noises start to endure, mixed with knocking and a mysterious visitor that was already once there before. Watching this movie made me very nervous for the characters as I hoped they would make smarter decisions, the 3 masked intruders tended to live up to the hype and were very frightening and realistic on the screen. This movie is a bad case of what could go really wrong being out in the middle of no where getting harassed by psychopaths all leading up to the famous line of the movie “Because You Were Home”. The film itself is shot fantastic and I love that they filmed the movie at an actual farm house. The acting I believe is sub par and I truly felt scared for the characters in the house fighting for there life’s as you could say things couldn’t get any worse for them. This movie is shot the whole time inside the house as they start to invade the couple. Overall I enjoyed this movie and thought it was made very well, being that it also is a film I wouldn’t watch for awhile. Considering it’s very depressing and takes loads of time to build up until the ending which makes up for the whole movie you could say. If you love dark horror/cult movies then this is the one for you, it truly is one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen, and will make you think twice to check all your locked doors at night. I overall give The Strangers(2008) a 3.5/5.

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