31 Days of Halloween: Day 25: The Strangers (2008) – Will Have Your Blood Run Cold
You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
Funny Games (1997, US-Remake: 2007), The Purge (2013)
Long Story Short:
The couple James and Kristen live in a very isolated house. One night, after coming home from a wedding, they are being visited by three masked strangers whose only goal seems to terrorize them.
The Strangers has a very simple concept: it takes place in one location, is shot entirely with handheld cameras or steady cams, and has very little dialogues. However, there is no way anyone can turn away or get bored from it. The music and terrifying atmosphere kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. I was a grown man when this movie came out, but I was still shaky after watching it. Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman are so convincing, and the intruders so creepy, it makes you feel like you actually see a real crime happening. It sometimes gets unbearable to follow the events, especially since it is advertised to be inspired by true events. After doing some research I found out that it is supposed to be inspired by the Keddle Resort Murders, which happened in Northern California in 1981, but this was never confirmed by anyone, furthermore writer and director Bryan Bartino mentioned once that the idea came from a childhood experience, which was a little less frightening than the actual movie.
I have to admit I have only seen The Strangers when it came out in 2008 and never dared to see it again, but I am planning on watching it during my 31 Days of Halloween. I wonder if my opinion about this movie has changed. Let me know what you think about it. After watching The Stranger, you will definitely check twice if your door is locked.