The Strangers (Unrated) 2008 R CC

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Explore your worst fears imaginable in the Unrated version of the psychological thriller starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman - now with never-before-viewed scenes too intense for theaters!

Starring:
Alex Fisher, Peter Clayton-Luce
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes

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The Strangers (Unrated)

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Director Bryan Bertino
Starring Alex Fisher, Peter Clayton-Luce
Supporting actors Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks, Laura Margolis, Glenn Howerton, Jordan Del Spina
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

These strangers are all wearing masks.
Haze Blackmon
It didn't scare me and I always jump in movies and get scared so I know this one cwas really bad.
Elizabeth Bennet
This is one of the scariest movies I've ever seen.
Dane

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

75 of 88 people found the following review helpful By C. Thomas on October 27, 2008
Format: DVD
I recently had watched this movie, and I must say that without question this movie is the scariest, and creepiest movie I have ever seen. In fact it was so scarry that I slept all the lights on the last two nights, and I keep a baseball bat by my night stand.

I am not going to recap the movie ad nauseum the way some of the other reviews here have already done, however I will give a high level perspective of why this movie is so good at being scarry.

1. There are no ghouls, ghosts, vampires, and demons. The premise of this movie is litteraly one group of people taking advantage of other people.

2. The costumes used by the strangers were simple, and eloquent. Exactly the kind of stuff one could pick up at any party store or costume shop. I feel as though this added a whole other level of realism to the movie.

3. Overall creepiness of the type of harrasment the strangers inflicted on the kristen, and james.

Some negatives that I observed about the movie:

1. James and Kristen making some stupid decisions, that would have any person with a brain scratching their heads...ie...splitting up when you have these psychopaths coming at you from all directions.

2. The strangers violating the laws of physics by being able to subtly and quickly sneak into a space and scrawl messages across the walls, windows of a room to further torment our protaganists, and never ever be seen or heard by James and Kristen. This just doesnt seem plausible to me.

3. The ending didnt really give me closure.

With all that, the movie was highly effective at serving its purpose which was to freak me out, and entertain me, which it did for it's entire 80 minute running time.

I highly recommend this movie, and am only giving this movie 4 stars instead of 5 for the reasons I state above.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Steven Adam Renkovish on November 7, 2008
Format: DVD
This atmospheric - and undeniably horrifying - directorial debut from Bryan Bertino gave me the chills unlike any other film that I have seen in a long while.

I won't go into the story, because most of you already know it, but I will tell you this: if you are as jumpy and as easily frightened as I am, do NOT watch this one alone. I made the mistake of doing that the first time, and I couldn't finish it. I had to rent it later on, and watch it with a room full of people in order to see the entire film. The thing that makes the film so effective is simply this: this could happen to anybody. Anybody could break into your home and terrorize you for no reason.

The direction is strong, and Liv Tyler does an excellent job. You can tell that it was definitely inspired by Haneke's FUNNY GAMES, but it's not a rip-off by any means. Bryan Bertino has done an excellent job with his first film, and I look forward to his next film.
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67 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Grey on June 1, 2009
Format: DVD
Not a terrible setup. Masked psychos terrorize a couple late one night in a large house nestled in the corner of a small, rich suburb. A bit slow to start and the characters aren't anything close to interesting, but the setup is decent and the atmosphere is good.

Problem? Everyone's a moron.

If you're a home intruder and the people at home have a gun, you're not going to keep attacking. No you're going to run the **** away and go to some other house some other night. If you're the guy being intruded upon and are sitting in the corner one night with a gun you're not going to go outside and play Elmer Fudd. No, you're going to sit in that corner and stay awake until morning when the suburb will be active. If you're the intruder watching the guy play Elmer Fudd with a shotgun you're not going to bull-rush him and succeed. No, you're going to be blown the **** away. And if you're some guy who just had his windshield smashed before your eyes and sees signs of an obvious break-in you're not going to quietly sneak inside to investigate. No, you're going to drive away and call the cops.

The suspension of disbelief is just too much in this film. It's a battle of who wants to be killed more and who's more inept at taking an advantage. And when a victor emerges it's hard to care, not only because all the characters are boring as cardboard, but because they just succeeded winning the Darwin Award of the night in a rather fierce competition.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GratedTopping on January 18, 2014
Format: DVD
In this flick, its bare-plot just dealt with a couple at an isolated place being annoyed by three strangers who had an intent to kill (but wanted to scare them more first). This had no point, was entirely uninteresting, offers nothing new compared to other horror movies, contained no character development, and I didn't even see the hardly-terrorized couple as 'real people'. The situation had so many ridiculous moments that it was embarassingly funny and became one of the dullest movies of any genre.

It tried to tell us at the start about how it was based on true events. Now, whenever you read anything like that, the most miniscule amount of a real event could be used in the flick and all the rest can be fake. If a person took a dump in the movie and that is something that took place in the real history, then it can be 'based on a true story' and they aren't fully lying. I think most people believe the majority of everything is based on actual events in such tales, when the opposite is most likely because it is a movie script with an author.

Here we go! I've written the above information before looking around and, lo and behold, I read details stating that this was based on a memory of the writer/director Brian Bertino. As a boy, he recalled a stranger came to the door asking for someone. Later, there were a lot of burglaries in the area. That's it! From such an incredibly miniscule 'story', it was stretched into the 'plot' of this movie. For all we know, that stranger could have been trying to find someone he hadn't seen in a long time and surprise. He didn't scare the writer/director and most-likely had nothing to do with the burglaries (which didn't even involve murders).
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