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The Strangers (2008)

The Strangers (2008)

The Strangers



Critic Consensus: The Strangers provides a few scares, but offers little else to distinguish itself from other slasher films.

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Movie Info

The horrifying events that took place in the Hoyt family's vacation home at 1801 Clark Road on Feb. 11, 2005, are still not entirely known. Champagne. Rose petals. Candlelight. It was supposed to be a night of celebration for Kristen McKay and James Hoyt. But, after leaving a friend's wedding reception and returning to the house, everything had collapsed for the happy couple. Then came a 4 a.m. knock on the door and a haunting voice. "Is Tamara here?" "The Strangers" is a terrifying suspense thriller about a couple whose remote getaway becomes a place of terror when masked strangers invade. The confrontation forces Kristen and James to go far beyond what they think themselves capable of if they hope to survive.more
Rating: R (for violence/terror and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Bryan Bertino
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 21, 2008
Box Office: $52.5M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Liv Tyler
as Kristen McKay
Scott Speedman
as James Hoyt
Gemma Ward
as Dollface
Kip Weeks
as Man in the Mask
Laura Margolis
as Pin-Up Girl
Alex Fisher
as Mormon Boy #1
Peter Clayton-Luce
as Mormon Boy #2
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Critic Reviews for The Strangers

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (34)

The Strangers has a couple of scares, but it's not anywhere near as frightening as advertised. The creepy folks of the title are more fumbling than fiendish.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

But I guess it's just hard for a movie about characters with bags on their heads to have any real teeth.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

Just get comfortable, sit back and smile at the slaughter - unlike Funny Games, at least this is bloodshed you can enjoy.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

Writer-director Bertino just wants to scare our pants off, and succeeds admirably.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
East Bay Express

There?s no better feet-on-the-seat execution for the home-invasion genre than this. "The Strangers" twists the knife with scenes lasting a beat longer than normal to maximize dread and sound design excavating a hole in your cortex and nestling there.

Full Review… | October 11, 2010

Nothing gets the old heart pumping like the fear of home invasion, but you wouldn't know it by The Strangers, an utterly pointless portrait of domestic terror.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Georgia Straight

Audience Reviews for The Strangers

Pretty creepy movie but watch the movie Them (ills) for a better version. I like it but just really could have been better.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

An inconceivably horrid display of sadism with a level of stupidity that I hardly remember having seen before (I wanted to punch Bertino in the face for raping my brains with this crap), relying on two characters who seem to be competing for most shockingly stupid of all time. (Zero stars)

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Horror elements work and it effectively relies on a super slim story. Other then that, this film becomes frustrating

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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