Day 9: The Strangers
Writer: Bryan Bertino
Director: Bryan Bertino
Stars: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman
Year released: 2008
The first time I watched The Strangers I watched it alone with my husband in the dark. I distinctly remember my chest aching during some of the more intense scenes. The movie does so much without being over the top. I enjoyed the noises and the jumps throughout. As a city dweller, I can live easily with noise, the near-constant whir of sirens, music blaring, children playing, and dogs barking. I feel comforted by those noises that belong in the city. Yet, when I’m away in a rural setting noise unsettles me because I know there isn’t supposed to be much noise there.
Overview: A couple in an isolated home is terrorized by unknown assailants.
- Some argue that this movie is based on the unsolved Keddie Resort murders of 1981 in California. Bertino however claims this is based on a childhood experience where a stranger knocked on his door, asked for someone that did not live in the home and when they were told they had the wrong house the person left. Later on the writer’s family learned of a robbery in the area after the stranger incident at their home. Although, the writer also claimed the film was inspired by the Manson murders. It’s also thought this is a remake of a French film with a similar ending.
- The faces of the killers are never shown.
- At the end of the film, one of the killers tells the other, “It’ll be easier next time” alluding that this will happen again.
- The movie was shot in chronological order.
- The film was shot using handheld cameras, giving movement to every shot.