History Film / TheStrangers

11th Apr '18 6:45:24 PM arbiter099
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* SackheadSlasher: The Masked Man combines a suit and tie with a burlap sack, with a smile drawn on in marker, over his head.
10th Mar '18 7:57:07 PM jormis29
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This 2008 horror movie is the debut of filmmaker Bryan Bertino. It's about a couple, Kristen [=McKay=] (Creator/LivTyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman), being ambushed in James' family's vacation house by mysterious strangers apparently ForTheEvulz. A sequel, titled ''Film/TheStrangersPreyAtNight'' is set to be released March 9, 2018.

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This 2008 horror movie is the debut of filmmaker Bryan Bertino. It's about a couple, Kristen [=McKay=] (Creator/LivTyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman), being ambushed in James' family's vacation house by mysterious strangers apparently ForTheEvulz. A sequel, titled ''Film/TheStrangersPreyAtNight'' is set to be was released March 9, 2018.
10th Mar '18 7:51:02 PM otemple700
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* KarmaHoudini: The killers suffer no retribution for their actions.

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* KarmaHoudini: The killers suffer no retribution for their actions.actions...
** KarmaHoudiniWarranty: [[spoiler:...but all end up dead in the sequel]].
10th Mar '18 2:47:29 PM ThisGuyJeremy
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This 2008 horror movie is the debut of filmmaker Bryan Bertino. It's about a couple, Kristen [=McKay=] (Creator/LivTyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman), being ambushed in James' family's vacation house by mysterious strangers apparently ForTheEvulz. A sequel, titled ''The Strangers: Prey at Night'' is set to be released March 9, 2018.

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This 2008 horror movie is the debut of filmmaker Bryan Bertino. It's about a couple, Kristen [=McKay=] (Creator/LivTyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman), being ambushed in James' family's vacation house by mysterious strangers apparently ForTheEvulz. A sequel, titled ''The Strangers: Prey at Night'' ''Film/TheStrangersPreyAtNight'' is set to be released March 9, 2018.
9th Mar '18 11:10:40 AM ZimFan89
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* DaylightHoror: While most of the terrorizing happens during the night, [[spoiler:the trio finally stabs James and Kristen]] after the sun finally comes out.

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* DaylightHoror: DaylightHorror: While most of the terrorizing happens during the night, [[spoiler:the trio finally stabs James and Kristen]] after the sun finally comes out.
8th Mar '18 2:31:04 PM Tidal_Wave_17
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* DaylightHoror: While most of the terrorizing happens during the night, [[spoiler:the trio finally stabs James and Kristen]] after the sun finally comes out.
6th Jan '18 2:59:00 PM MinisterOfSinister
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* BrokenRecord: The Strangers put a record on a gramophone, then make it start skipping, resulting in this.

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* BrokenRecord: The Strangers put a record on a gramophone, then make it start skipping, shock of seeing someone outside makes Kristen crash backwards, resulting in this."QUICKSILVER GIRL" being repeated over and over until it's taken off.



* HarmfulToMinors: The opening includes two boys witnessing the aftermath of the carnage, overlaid by one of them trying to place a call to 911 to report the crime despite his distraught sobbing.

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* HarmfulToMinors: The opening includes two boys witnessing the aftermath of the carnage, overlaid by one of them trying to place a call to 911 to report the crime despite his distraught sobbing.sobbing.
* HellIsThatNoise: QUICKSILVER GIRL... *Skip* QUICKSILVER GIRL... *Skip* QUICKSILVER GIRL... *Skip*
3rd Jan '18 11:24:33 AM Storygirl000
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This 2008 horror movie is the debut of filmmaker Bryan Bertino. It's about a couple, Kristen [=McKay=] (Creator/LivTyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman), being ambushed in James' family's vacation house by mysterious strangers apparently ForTheEvulz. A sequel is currently in some stage of development.

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This 2008 horror movie is the debut of filmmaker Bryan Bertino. It's about a couple, Kristen [=McKay=] (Creator/LivTyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman), being ambushed in James' family's vacation house by mysterious strangers apparently ForTheEvulz. A sequel sequel, titled ''The Strangers: Prey at Night'' is currently in some stage of development.
set to be released March 9, 2018.
15th Dec '17 7:22:50 PM MinisterOfSinister
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* AdultFear: Having your home invaded. Especially when it's by people who go out of their way to screw with you psychologically in every way they can, have no real motive for doing it other than because they want to and take turns killing you after they've had their fun.



* BrokenRecord: The Strangers put a record on a gramophone, then make it start skipping, resulting in this.



* DullSurprise: The children at the end who [[spoiler: explore the Hoyt's house after the Strangers have seemingly killed them]]. Okay, you can't always expect much from child actors, but how hard is it to show a little discomfort?
* TheFaceless: The killers as they're always masked and [[spoiler:their faces are not revealed to the audience]].
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: The three masked people, presumably.

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* DownerEnding: The couple are ([[spoiler:maybe]]) dead, the Strangers get away scot-free to find and torment more victims and a pair of boys have come upon the carnage and are very likely suffering mental scars as a result.
* DullSurprise: The children at the end two boys who [[spoiler: arrive at and explore the Hoyt's house after the Strangers have seemingly killed them]]. Okay, you can't always expect much from child actors, but how hard Kristen and James. At least, expressions-wise; the 911 call one of them makes to emergency services in the opening is it to show a little discomfort?
laden with distress and sadness.
* TheFaceless: The killers as they're Strangers. They're always masked with the exception of three scenes, and [[spoiler:their even then, we never get a good look at their faces; the mundane {{Reaction Shot}}s suggest their faces are not revealed normal, but [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse this just adds to the audience]].
horror]].
** Near the beginning, the blonde girl (Dollface) knocks on the door and asks for someone who isn't there, which [[{{Foreshadowing}} turns out to be the reason they were attacked]] -- [[ForTheEvulz because they were home]]. She isn't wearing a mask, but her face is still deliberately cast in shadow with only basic details (her eyes, eyebrows and mouth) properly visible -- presumably so they couldn't identify her if they tried to call the police.
** Near the end, the Strangers gather before the couple, whom they have tied to a pair of chairs, and remove their masks one by one to let Kristen and James see their faces. The camera always cuts away before we actually see them, though.
** Finally, during the penultimate scene where the Strangers are leaving the crime scene, they stop their truck beside a pair of boys handing out Mormon pamphlets so Dollface can ask them for one; some of the shots allow a distant, vague look at Dollface and Pin-up Girl's faces that gives away no major details.
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: The three masked people, presumably.Strangers appear to be a simple three-person family -- The Masked Man and Pin-Up Girl as a married couple, and Dollface as their daughter, likely a teenager.



* HarmfulToMinors: The opening includes two boys witnessing the aftermath of the carnage, overlaid by one of them trying to place a call to 911 to report the crime despite his distraught sobbing.



* ItGetsEasier: As the Strangers drive away, Pin-Up Girl tells her daughter, "It'll be easier next time." [[FridgeHorror The implications are unpleasant.]]
* KarmaHoudini: The killers suffer no retribution for their actions.



* NoNameGiven: The Strangers are credited as "Doll Face", "The Masked Man", and "Pin-Up Girl", but none of those names are heard in the film.

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* MindScrew: The Strangers are extremely enigmatic, with the film deliberately avoiding explaining the logic of their actions beyond its [[ForTheEvulz most basic interpretation]].
* NoNameGiven: The Strangers Strangers. They are credited as "Doll Face", "The Masked Man", and "Pin-Up Girl", but none of those names are heard in the film.



* PowerTrio: The Strangers. They don't really have distinct personalities, and are differentiated mostly by ChromaticArrangement.
** The Masked Man: The only man of the family, a slightly schlubby man in a dirty brown-beige suit. Wears a sack-mask on his face like a scarecrow with eye-holes and a curly smile over his mouth; it makes him seem bald, but his unmasking shows that he ''does'' have hair.
** Pin-Up Girl: A woman possibly in her thirties or forties, with shoulder length black hair. Dressed in a simple getup of light red top, dark red pants and a spotty black blouse underneath. Her mask includes fake hair curls and light make-up.
** Dollface: A very young woman, possibly a teenager, with long blonde hair. Prominently wears a dark green jacket and dark blue jeans, with a tank top underneath. Her mask covers her eyes with weird, black shapes like a deranged cartoon, and other minor details seemingly designed to draw attention to her youth.
* TheQuietOne: All three of the Strangers. They barely talk at all, and when they do, they don't mince words and speak in a flat, calm voice. The Masked Man goes the entire movie without saying a single word.



* TooDumbToLive: ''All the good guys''. Kristen just runs around the house terrified and manages to injure herself, James manages to tell his girlfriend to ''stay in the middle of danger'' while he goes looking for help, and their friend Mike, despite the various things suggesting foul play (including ''a rock thrown on his windshield'') does not think for one second about calling the police or even ''calling for his friends'' which leads to [[spoiler: AccidentalMurder]].
* TheUnreveal: The Strangers at the end [[spoiler: take off their masks]] but the movie cuts away before you can [[spoiler: see their faces]].

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* SequelHook: The Strangers driving away into the distance, with a passing comment about the next time being easier.
* TooDumbToLive: ''All the good guys''. Kristen just runs around the house terrified and manages to injure herself, James manages to tell his girlfriend to ''stay in the middle of danger'' while he goes looking for help, and their friend Mike, despite the various things suggesting foul play (including ''a rock thrown on his windshield'') does not think for one second about calling the police or even ''calling for his friends'' which leads to [[spoiler: AccidentalMurder]].
[[spoiler:AccidentalMurder]].
* TheUnreveal: The TheUnReveal: At the end the Strangers at the end [[spoiler: take off their masks]] masks but the movie cuts away before you can [[spoiler: see their faces]].faces.
20th Aug '17 7:00:36 PM infernape612
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* TheFaceless: The killers as they're always masked and [[spoiler:their faces are not revealed to the audience]].



* TheFaceless: The killers as they're always masked and [[spoiler:their faces are not revealed to the audience]].



* [[MalevolentMaskedMen Malevolent Masked People]]: The Strangers.

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* [[MalevolentMaskedMen Malevolent Masked People]]: MalevolentMaskedMen: The Strangers.



* TooDumbToLive: ''All the good guys''. Kristen just runs around the house terrified and manages to injure herself, James manages to tell his girlfriend to ''stay in the middle of danger'' while he goes looking for help, and their friend Mike, despite the various things suggesting foul play (including ''a rock thrown on his windshield'') does not think for one second about calling the police or even ''calling for his friends'' which leads to [[spoiler: AccidentalMurder]].



* TooDumbToLive: ''All the good guys''. Kristen just runs around the house terrified and manages to injure herself, James manages to tell his girlfriend to ''stay in the middle of danger'' while he goes looking for help, and their friend Mike, despite the various things suggesting foul play (including ''a rock thrown on his windshield'') does not think for one second about calling the police or even ''calling for his friends'' which leads to [[spoiler: AccidentalMurder]].


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* WhiteMaskOfDoom: The Strangers hide their faces using these.
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