The Strangers Reviews

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March 31, 2019
It's all admirably restrained and, for the most part, effective.
March 31, 2019
This one's a neat little chiller that creates fear out of the familiar: dark corners in the room, peepholes that show masked figures, walls that are incessantly battered with loud knocks, glass panes that reflect strange images.
March 31, 2019
The movie is best before the mayhem actually starts: First-time writer-director Bryan Bertino gets right some priceless details as the couple try to deal with the evening's earlier fallout, and elevates his movie above other horror films.
March 31, 2019
The movie achieves an okay level of tension, especially in the first half, because first-time director Bryan Bertino has absorbed his Texas Chainsaw Massacre lessons well.
March 31, 2019
Some good chills in this intense offering from first-time writer-director Bryan Bertino.
November 9, 2018
Sometimes evil happens without explanation. Rarely is it shown in such plain, quiet, horrifying fashion. Don't watch this alone.
March 9, 2018
Bertino's directorial smarts are on display from the first slow-cut montage of rural homes glimpsed from the window of a moving car. It's a passage suggesting free-floating, arbitrary menace.
October 14, 2012
Just get comfortable, sit back and smile at the slaughter - unlike Funny Games, at least this is bloodshed you can enjoy.
November 17, 2011
Given the two dominant trends in recent American horror -- meat-grinder gore and remakes of Asian films involving creepy pale children -- this nasty but rather tightly made film almost counts as a return to classical virtues. Almost.
August 15, 2011
Writer-director Bertino just wants to scare our pants off, and succeeds admirably.
July 14, 2011
The simple 'cat and mouse' premise is given a low-key approach in Bryan Bertino's film, but this minimalist method is both the greatest strength and weakness of the project.
October 11, 2010
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.
August 26, 2009
Grinding and suffocating
November 21, 2008
An extremely effective claustrophobic horror picture that starts slow but ultimately provides us with plenty of suspense all the way through to its very dark ending.
October 18, 2008
An effectively grim, exceedingly well-made horror thriller.
October 18, 2008
Nerve-jangling horror flick that wrings maximum scares out of its simple premise, thanks to strong direction and superb performances from Speedman and Tyler.
October 18, 2008
It is, thus, heartening to encounter a picture that trusts its viewers to be unnerved by curtains of silence, interrupted by the occasional obscure thud.
October 18, 2008
When the film is this effective, it's hard to complain.
August 29, 2008
A good-looking, sophisticated, if somewhat pointless addition to the slasher-horror genre.
August 29, 2008
For most of its length, this is a grippingly unpleasant picture of barbaric, gratuitous evil, stealthier and scarier than Funny Games, to which it bears a slight resemblance.
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