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  • Actors: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman
  • Directors: Bryan Bertino
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French Canadian, Latin Spanish
  • Dubbed: French Canadian, Latin Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec. 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HSO3XO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,813 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Horror film starring Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler, marking the debut of writer/director Bryan Bertino. When young couple Kristen (Tyler) and James (Speedman) arrive at an isolated holiday home belonging to James' parents, they are looking forward to getting some much-needed rest after travelling back from a wedding reception. But terror awaits them when three masked strangers burst into the house in the middle of the night, turning their peaceful retreat into a living hell and forcing them to fight for their lives.

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A lean, briskly paced and exceptionally creepy thriller, The Strangers earns its scares the old-fashioned way: through atmosphere, sound design, and a simple yet undeniably upsetting central premise that allows for maximum tension throughout its running time. Attractive young lovers Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman are already having a bad day--she's turned down his marriage proposal--before a knock on the door in the middle of the night announces a full-fledged siege on their remote vacation home by a trio of masked assailants. The film's first third delivers the most consistent shivers as the visitors make their presence and intentions known to Tyler; the second half grows more frantic and bloody before a gruesome finale that may leave viewers either rattled to their core or bothered by its empty nihilism. Speedman is fine as the downtrodden male lead (who's seen tucking into a carton of ice cream after being rejected), but it's Tyler who impresses the most by shouldering the lion's share of the terror. First-time writer/director Bryan Bertino impresses by forsaking the current passion for over-the-top violence (save for the finale) in favour of more traditional means of generating fear, and if his project borrows heavily from other films, most notably the French chiller Them (which shares its "inspired by a true story" origin) and Michael Haneke's Funny Games, at least he's taking from the best. The sound design is among the many technical standouts, and the unsettling score by tomandandy (The Hills Have Eyes) pleasantly evokes Ennio Morricone's fuzztone-heavy work for Dario Argento in the early '70s. On a completely unrelated note, LP fanatics should appreciate how both the film's heroes and villains share an affinity for folk and country music on vinyl. --Paul Gaita

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Filmbuff 89 on 30 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
One of my favourite films.

It starts off where a young couple Kristen (Liv Tyler) and James (Scott Speedman) arrive home in the early hours of the morning after attending a friends wedding. They then get a knock on the door and when they answer they discover a girl they who james sends away.

James then goes out to get a pack of cigarettes leaving his partner in the house on her own where she gets even more shaken up by wierd knocks on the door only to discover theres no one there. When james arrives home kristen is hysterical with fear and thats when the fun starts.

I don't want to spoil what happens in the film so i won't explain the story anymore. Its doesn't have a lot of gore or blood in it but its filled with tension and suspense and keeps you hooked. What i like about this film also is that this could happen to anyone in real life and not just in a film. Also the fact that its loosely based on a true story makes it seem more real and thats what makes it a really scary film.

Great film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 1 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
This movie is brilliant.

It is in fact based on a true story & it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout

It is very, very scary throughout!

Brilliant horror!

If you liked Vacancy you will love this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O. Southwood on 21 Jan. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First, some technical points. The audio mix seems all wrong, the dialog is barely audible in comparison to the rest of the sound track. I turned it right up just to hear them speaking but then the sound effects and music were way too loud. In the end I had to use subtitles, although I could hear everything else just fine, but not the dialog. And then we have the picture quality. For me it was no better than DVD. If you buy Blu Ray for the better visual experience you might as well not bother, save yourself some money and get the DVD instead.

Now, about the movie. It has a lot going for it. There is genuine tension and creepiness, and some good almost "noir" scenes throughout the setup. A simple knock at the door manages to hold more fright than your average horror scene, and this subtlety is what makes The Strangers work so well. The simple, subtle things like a masked person drifting into shot and then out again, unseen, unannounced.

The acting is good, despite other reviews, I liked it and was convinced. However, the characters are somewhat stupid in their lack of ingenuity. They are under attack in a home full of potential blunt weapons but never think to simply pick up a fire poker or a chair leg and whack the bad guy with it!

There is a strong mystery element to this film, ie. who are the strangers, and why are they attacking these innocent people? It is critical for any strong mystery to be resolved, or at least the solution hinted at, but in The Strangers we are left none the wiser. This makes for a dissatisfying experience, although the ride was gripping up until the point where you realize no answers will come. One could argue the unresolved aspect is the whole point, however I judge it to be sheer laziness in the writing.

Good film, poor ending, dodgy disc quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
Kristen McKay and James Hoyt return from a night out to find a knock at the door at some ungodly hour. What follows is a terrifying invasion as three masked raiders torment and attack the couple at frequent intervals, can the couple find within them the strength to survive their ordeal?

The horror genre is a tough cookie to work out these days, so many remakes and re-images rightly suggest that it's a genre in steady decline. Occasionally hope of a resurgence is offered up by the likes of hyperbole supremo's like Eli Roth and here with first time writer and director, Bryan Bertino. If these guys promised half of what they proclaimed they would do with their respective horror entries, well the genre would be born again and the fans would be rejoicing around the graveyards.

The Strangers is not a bad film by any stretch of the entrails, it's just not a particularly good one, and certainly not the original and fresh home invasion spin promised by Bertino. The premise of course is very solid, we all as human beings live in perpetual fear of a home invasion by psychos or chav like aggressors (the latter of concern to UK residents, see Eden Lake for example), and with this pro porting to be based on real events, the impact was waiting to, well impact, but questionable resources from our besieged couple just add a shrug of the shoulders to an already yawning audience. The project had been on the back burner for a couple of years, with the script being altered by Bertino from its early incarnations, I wonder just how much was changed because it looks to me that Bertino has altered an intended psychological chiller, and instead settled for a blend of boo jump scares and edginess, and it fails to successfully achieve either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 4 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman play a couple who are having trouble with their personal life.

To top it all off, there is a knock at the door, and a random girl is here and soon, disappears.

Next thing you know,Scarecrow from Batman and a couple of other urchins are tormenting them.

This isn't Vacancy.

The thing that makes this stand out more than other horror movies, is the fact that the stalkers really have no motive for what they are doing, they are just doing it, which makes the film very, very, unsettling.

If money were owed, or they had witnessed something, this would be formulaic stuff, but for this reason, it's particularly scary.

Tyler and Speedman are fine as the couple, but this films all about the shadows, and what the film maker does with them.

There are your run of the mill jump scares, but thankfully, these are limited somewhat.

Ironically, silence is the greatest weapon here, just a face out of the shadow or, a person standing staring at the couple is more scarier than any shrieking violin.

The ending is blunt and to the point. You never get to see the titular characters visage come the end.

They simply drive off, no explanation given, nothing.

It's a powerful film and a shame that it was released more or less the same time as vacancy, which no doubt it's been compared to.
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