The Strangers details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks, Laura Margolis, Glenn Howerton|
|Genres:||Horror, Thriller - Mystery|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL|
|Collections:||100 Hot Hits|
|Run time:||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Dec 2008|
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NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED!!!By hunkydomste (48 reviews) from Liverpool , 13 Sep 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]First of all, if you are of a nervous disposition, DO NOT WATCH THIS FILM! Do not bother with popcorn, secure your spillables- and get ready to jump. LOTS.
It has to be said that The Strangers is made up of more cliches than you can shake the cliche stick at and its scares are 99% super cheap, but that does not mean that it is not tense as hell and will make you jump, scream or maybe even hide. (My sister-in-law wanted to leave the cinema, but she was too scared to leave- it would have meant taking her hands of her eyes...)
It takes a while to get going and the requisite backdrop story of a couple with problems (I told you about the cliches, didn't I?) takes up the introduction. But when the first knocks on the front of the door pound into the 4am silence, the tension starts increasing, coiling, tautening and stays relentless until the closing 5minutes.
The fact that this is supposed to be based on real life events adds an extra edge, the couple's total exposure to the mindless and reasonless terror and violence feels horribly immediate: every window, door, hall is a possible attack point.
Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman are surprisingly watchable as the victims who fall foul to a gang of psychopaths, 'just because they were home'.
If Funny Games deserved an 18 with all its violence off screen and this being the anti-thesis with full on visceral terror, do not be fooled by the 15 label. This is truly terrifying without pulling any punches.
SEE THIS IF YOU LIKED
* FUNNY GAMES
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Disappointing filmBy sarahlhavard84 (1 review) , 18 May 2013Well what can I say about this film. It had a lot of promise to begin with (made me jump a few times) but it dragged for way to long with nothing that great happening and the end was very disappointing. I would not bother watching it if I was you.
Cliché after cliché - no surprisesBy rachaelknight16 (108 reviews) from Derbyshire, England , 10 May 2013I can see why some people would like this film - it's full of suspence & jumpy parts - but for me, it was a waste of time. I was bored after 20 minutes as the scenes were dragged out something chronic. Things aren't explained; you don't know about the 'baddies'; only it was their first time, and the reason why they picked the house they did, was because the residents 'were home'. Full of jumpy moments, but you know it's coming. Seen it all before... they hear a noise so they go to it, then there's a jump.... they run away only to be faced with another jump. Mobiles don't work... shock. Their car is detroyed...shock. I hate it when people think making a film based on true events gives them an excuse to throw any old thing together. Lets face it, which bits are 'based on true events'? Probably very little anyway. Don't let the actors in it make you think it'll be half decent.
What's to like?By Otter379 (55 reviews) , 05 Apr 2013There's not much to commend this film. The plot needs to be handled with care, it's so old it's an antique. Mute mask wearing people carry out a home invasion for no discernible reason than for kicks. It used to be that bad guys had a personality and a back story which established why they were motivated. Subsequently this film is devoid of anything but the mechanism of using over-used jump techniques. Empty and unsatisfying.
Brilliant horrorBy a customer , 23 Jan 2013I think this is a brilliant film... Full off tension and jumpy moments... Very freaky... So much better than them blood and gore film like saw..
Generally depressingBy AJHowser (5 reviews) , 10 Jan 2013Some good moments of tension, but overall just got really depressed watching this. Slow, despairing and no absolution at the end.