The Strangers

The Strangers

2008 horror film by Bryan Bertino
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The Strangers is a 2008 American psychological horror film written and directed by Bryan Bertino. The plot follows Kristen (Liv Tyler) and James (Scott Speedman) whose stay at a vacation home is disrupted by three masked criminals who infiltrate the home. The screenplay was inspired by two real-life events: the Manson family Tate murders, a multiple homicide, as well as a series of break-ins that occurred in Bertino's neighborhood as a child. Some journalists noted similarities between the film and the Keddie cabin murders that occurred in Keddie, California in 1981, though Bertino did not cite this as a reference.

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  • May 30, 2008 (2008-05-30) (United States)
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85 minutes (theatrical)
  • 91 minutes (unrated)
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United States
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$10,000,000 USD
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$52,000,000 USD
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Kristen: I'm out of cigarettes.
James Hoyt: I'll go get you some more.
Kristen: I didn't... I didn't mean that. You don't have to. I'll just go to sleep. I'm tired anyway.
James Hoyt: No you won't.
Kristen: I'll try.
James Hoyt: It's alright. I want to drive for a little while anyway.
  • According to Bryan Bertino and Liv Tyler, the finale had much more interaction and dialog between the victims and the strangers in the original script. It was cut to keep the intruders mysterious and eerie.
  • The film was shot entirely with hand-held cameras or steady cams. Every shot has some camera movement.
  • Mark Romanek was originally slated to direct the film.
  • There were two special prosthetic makeups for Glenn Howerton. One of them was for fresh kill (which took 3 hours in the make-up chair), when he was shot in the face by Scott Speedman, and the other was for 1-hour-later prosthetics.
  • Before filming any scene after The Strangers begin terrorizing the couple, Liv Tyler would have to run laps, do jumping jacks, and other physical activities to get her out of breath. This was so she would have the panicky feeling the real life characters would have been experiencing.

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