The Strangers is a 2008 horror/thriller film written and directed by Bryan Bertino, and starring Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward, Laura Margolis, Kip Weeks and Glenn Howerton. The film revolves around a young couple who is terrorized by three masked assailants, who break into the remote summer home in which they are staying and damage all means of escape.
The Strangers was made on a budget of $9 million and after two postponements, was released theatrically on May 30, 2008 in North America. The film was marketed as being inspired by a "true story" and grossed $82.3 million at the box office worldwide. Critical reaction to the film was mixed, with both praise and dismissal from various reviewers.
Bertino said the film was inspired by the 1969 Manson murders and subsequent true crime book Helter Skelter, as well as an event that occurred in his neighborhood when he was a child.
On the night of February 11, 2005, Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and James Hoyt (Scott Speedman) return to a remote summer vacation home owned by James's parents after attending a friend's wedding reception. Later that evening, a young blonde woman (Gemma Ward), whose face is obscured by low lighting, knocks on the front door asking for a Tamara, but leaves after James and Kristen tell her she is at the wrong house. A short while later, James leaves to run an errand for Kristen, when the woman returns and begins to pound harshly on the front door after Kristen refuses to open up. Kristen then locks all the doors and tries to call James on her cell phone, which is dead. She plugs it into the wall near the fireplace and calls James on the house phone when that, too, goes dead.
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