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The Strangers [Blu-ray] [2008]

  • SKU: 9053338
  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (82 out of 89)

    Special Features


    • The elements of terror
    • Deleted scenes

    Synopsis


    The Strangers
    A suburban couple returning to their semi-secluded house after attending a wedding finds their lives suddenly thrown into chaos with the arrival of three malevolent, masked strangers in director Bryan Bertino's tense tale of survival. Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman star as the couple forced to resort to violence they never thought themselves capable of as they struggle for their lives, and model-turned-actress Gemma Ward continues her transition from the catwalk to the silver screen as one of the merciless masked invaders. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Liv Tyler
      Liv Tyler - Kristen McKay
    • Scott Speedman
      Scott Speedman - James Hoyt
    • Gemma Ward
      Gemma Ward - Dollface
    • Kip Weeks
      Kip Weeks - Man in the Mask
    • Laura Margolis
      Laura Margolis - Pin-Up Girl



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 89 reviews

    92%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A scary thriller that sometimes fails in its logic

      Posted
      CrimsonKing42

      I liked The Strangers, because even though I knew what to generally expect from it, it was well-made enough that it still scared me. The story begins when James Hoyt (Scott Speedsman) and Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) arrive at James's parents' cabin in the woods in the early hours of the morning. They are uncomfortable with each other, because although they love each other, James has just proposed to Kristen, who said no, claiming that it was too soon. Shortly after they arrive, a knock comes at the door, which instantly puts the couple on edge, since it is just past four in the morning. Upon answering the door, they find a young girl (whose face is hidden in darkness due to a light being out) who asks for Tamera. The couple tell her that she has the wrong house, and she responds "see you later" and leaves. James leaves for a little while to get some things, and this is when things get frightening. Strange noises and occurences start to fill the house when Kristen isn't looking, and three mysterious masked figures begins to scare Kristen, initially from oustide the house, and soon from all over the place. James's return does nothing to stop these events, and the strnagers' terrifying games becomes increasingly bold and dangerous. A lot of the fear in the film is caused by the idea that much of what the strangers do to scare the couple is done right under their noses simply when they are not paying attention. It is easy for the viewer to imagine the same thing happening to them, because after all, how much of our time do we spend focusing so much on specific things and ignoring what's going on around us? The acting was good in the film, although it must be said that much of Liv Tyler's role involves screaming and being scared, and that toward the end of the film it becomes somewhat annoying that she really doesn't seem to grasp what's happening to her. Speedsman on the other hand takes most of what is happening to him with great restraint, which made him easier for me to sympathize with. Others may disagreee. The one thing that truly annoyed me with the film was the choices that the protagonists make, which at time seem either totally illogical or just downright ignorant. For example, for a while they gett James's dad's gun and hold out in a closet, which offers them the opportunity to stake out until the invaders come in to get them and just pick them off easily enough. However, another shock comes for the characters, and they inexplicably leave their spot and once more go on the move. It seemed like a bad move. Nonetheless, this movie definitely scared me, and was generally well-made. The look of the film was expecially just dark enough without being hard to see. Also, direcctor Bryan Bertino wisely kept the strangers as silent boogeymen rather than brutal aggressors for most of the film, which just added to the tnesion. I recommend you see it. Just be wary of its failings.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      What a let down

      Posted
      Twlightfann

      The Strangers starring Scot Speedman and Liv Tyler was a total borefest. This was quite a dull experience, the first half where absolutely nothing happens almost had me pressing the fast forward button but somehow I didn't and just wanted to see if the rest of the film was going to get better but of course it didn't. The director spends too much time getting us to like the couple in the movie, but honestly does a terrible job. The opening sets the stage for what might look like a terrific movie. A 911 call saying "there is blood everywhere". Really? After seeing the movie I expect to only see blood in two places, not exactly everywhere. The movie has no plot and is completely hard to get involved with any of the characters since most of the time they just end up staring into space, or just wondering off late at night leaving the other person alone and defenseless. The story begins by developing the relationship between it's two stars, then separating them and introducing the terror. This worked at first in it's ability to set up and keep the viewers in suspense. Unfortunately, after we have established what is taking place, the story seems to slow down and eventually fizzles out. The second half of the film is filled with horror movie cliché's and cheap scare tactics that fall flat on it's face, almost to the point of boredom. Don't bother with this film, if you want better suspense/horror flicks then check out Vacancy, Silence of The Lambs, Eden Lake or Funny Games (the original not the remake) instead. Any of those other enjoyable and creepy films would be a heck of alot better then wasting your time with this.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Don't open the door for Strangers

      Posted
      TheCount

      Great DVD Quality, nice extras though I would have liked more. Don't you just love the phrase "inspired by true events?" That can mean just about anything these days and I've heard it all when it comes to this film. This film seems clearly inspired by the Manson murders of the 60's but is not a true story as presented. Given that, the film does an excellent job of building tension in the first 30 mins. I saw this at a Midnite Movie pre-screen and the audience jumped and screamed a little bit here and there. **Spoilers **After the first 30 though, the characters start acting typically dumb but at one point they manage to get a gun while The Strangers have only knives and an axe. In my book, that's game over for The Strangers. But not in this case as the characters we're supposed to connect with manage to screw that up as well. How do you screw that up? Eh, watch and see, it's pretty silly. Anyway, the end really holds back and pulls all punches and falls completely flat. Another reviewer mentioned Vacancy. This film bears a lot of similarities to Vacancy, but Vacancy is a superior film. So give this one a shot and see for yourself. I understand that The Strangers 2 is already under consideration as well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great special edition from SHOUT FACTORY !!

      Posted
      CLARK0288
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      This 2 Disc edition of the movie The Strangers is an awesome special Edition! Shout Factory never disappoints with their artwork and their bonus features. I'm a packaging freaks, so I love seeing of a great movie given a proper package. I just saw this equal a month ago and I can't wait for it to come out in June, so I saw this for an awesome price at Best Buy and grabbed it as quick as I could. Not going to be disappointed if you loved the movie there's the unrated and the theatrical cut. This comes with a bunch of new special features and a great new reversible insert for the cover art and an awesome slipcover too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      how horror should be

      Posted
      frank12345

      Far from the current crop of loud noise, teenage slasher films, this film delivers the scares the old fashioned way. Dread and menace is built until both the lead characters and the audience are stuck right in the middle of a realistic, modern day horror situation. The creepily masked assailants stalk their prey with sadism and without emotion and no easy answers are given as to their motivations. This is what empowers "The Strangers" with such a degree of power. People are killed everyday in real life for little or no motive so why not in the movies? Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman are both great and for the most part avoid common horror movie cliches in their onscreen behaviours. Tomandandy provide an eerie and chilling minimalistic soundtrack which really adds to the suspense of the film. The Strangers isn't up there with films like The Shining or The Exorcist however it is a very noble and welcome addition to the horror genre and achieves far more scares then 100 Prom Nights could ever hope to achieve.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not the Average Horror Film

      Posted
      Marcos1290

      Everyone that says this movie is the same as Vacancy don't really know their facts, and the ones that compare it to other horror films really don't understand it. Yes, it is kind of a slow moving movie. Its not an action pack thriller like other horror movies that force the jump out of you...as said in special features it is better categorized as a terror film. Induces terror of the viewer, fear. Its not a grotesque film like Saw, My Bloody Valentine or Friday the 13th. Both the actors, Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, do a fine job of acting. The plot is actually more complex then you may think, if you know some things. It is loosely based on actually murders where not much is known of what actually happened. So making a movie based on an event where not a lot of information is available, is quite challenging. I believe it was a well done movie, slightly based on true events, with good acting.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Horrible Movie

      Posted
      MrSkellington

      This movie had so much potential. It could have been great. In fact, the first 30 minutes were. There was mounting suspense, I was actually creeped out. Then it did a nosedive. It was a complete ripoff of Vacancy, and what's worse is that it wasn't even a good ripoff! This could have been a fantastic movie, but it faltered. At one point, I was begging for the death of the main characters so that the movie would end! The last 45 minutes were so mindnumbingly stupid that I just wound up getting mad and wanted the movie to end. So much potential was squandered here. I'm a hardcore Horror movie fan, so this may appeal to those who are interested in thrillers or suspense. It might be entertaining for you...it was not for me.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great thriller

      Posted
      manvszombie

      If you're looking for gore, blood, and nothing but torture, this isn't the film that you should be watching. This movie is a horror film and a classic in its generation not because of how much blood we can see splattered across the screen, but because the suspense and realistic aspect of it all is what's scariest. You're dealing with a real situation of home invasion and murder. It happens everyday and it happens to anyone, thus the basis of this movie's appeal. This isn't a fairytale horror genre movie where you see the good guy survive by killing off the bad guy. I loved this movie for the simple fact that despite the masks on the killers, it truly shows the realism of what could truly happen to two completely innocent individuals who get caught up in a horrific situation.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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