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The Strangers

2008-12-12 11:31
The Strangers
What it's about:

The horrifying events that took place in the Hoyt family's vacation home at 1801 Clark Road on February 11, 2005, are still not entirely known.

Champagne. Rose Petals. Candlelight. It was supposed to be a night of celebration for Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman). But after leaving a friend's wedding reception and returning to the house, everything had collapsed for the happy couple.

Then came a 4 a.m. knock on the door and a haunting voice. Is Tamara here?

What the critics said:

"An effective, scary emotional work-out, but perhaps you can have too much paranoid despair."
Kim Newman - [Empire Magazine]

"Messy, intermittently effective ordeal horror."
Peter Bradshaw - [Guardian - UK]

"It sounds stupid enough, and ultimately is, but the director, Bryan Bertino, stages The Strangers' early scenes with spooky panache."
Owen Gleiberman - [Entertainment Weekly]

"This is no splatter movie: spare, suspenseful and brilliantly invested in silence, Bryan Bertinoâ's debut feature unfolds in a slow crescendo of intimidation."
Jeannette Catsoulis - [New York Times]

"At a certain point, The Strangers devolves into the kind of generic chase picture that slasher flicks frequently become."
Ethan Alter - [Film Journal International]

"It's all efficiently nerve-jangling, with Tyler and Speedman credibly registering every hue of panic."
Dennis Harvey - [Variety]

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