The Strangers - based on true events??

United States
January 25, 2009 11:30pm CST
i watched the movie the strangers with liv tyler in it and was very disappointed.. i knew it was based upon true events which usually means boring so i wasnt surprised at it being boring but the ending just STOPPED and thats it!! anyways does anyone know what true event they based this movie on? im one of those geeks that love to look into the history of movies and watch things inspired or based on true things then research what it was about to see if they totally lied through the whole thing lol.. anyone else think this movie was a disappointment?? i will give it this.. it was a great movie as far as making you jump in your seat though!!
10 responses
@Firefly99 (251)
• United States
26 Jan 09
The Strangers was not one of my favorite horror movies by any means, but I did not hate it! It was pretty scary because of the fact these people did not want to rob them they just wanted to kill them simply because they were home? The based on true events thing, that can be anything! In Home Invasion happens all the time for no good reason at all and we never found out why it happened or who did it? Thats one thing I did like about this movie. In home Invasion is one of my worst fears and this movie shows you it can really happen. Still it could have been better!
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• United States
28 Jan 09
well looking through all the replies it sounds like it fits this one the most http://asylumeclectica.com/asylum/sightseer/us/ca/keddie.htm but who really knows. it definitely could have been better.. like the characters having some intelligence!! they did every wrong thing in the book!!
@sconibear (7998)
• United States
26 Jan 09
yeah, they sure suck us in with that "based on true events" mumbo jumbo. after watching The Strangers. i did a few searches and basically found the same explanations as this one from Wikepedia: [i] "According to production notes, the film was inspired by an event from director Bryan Bertino's childhood: a stranger came to his home asking for someone who was not there, and Bertino later found out that empty homes in the neighborhood had been broken into that night. In interviews, Bertino stated he was "very impressed" with some of the theories circulating on the Internet about the "true events" the movie is allegedly based on, but said his main inspiration was Helter Skelter, a true crime book about the 1969 Manson family murders. In another interview, Liv Tyler revealed that in Bertino's original script, "You saw a lot more of the strangers. It was much more of a Manson-esque experience."[/i] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Strangers
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• United States
28 Jan 09
well if bertinos thing was based on a break in then that is stupid.. unless the break in had murders or something
@sconibear (7998)
• United States
28 Jan 09
agreed............but Liv Tyler's HOT!
• United States
27 Jan 09
I have seen it, I wouldnt call it boring sorta slow. I was also disappointed with the ending the way it just stopped. I havent checked but sometimes IMBD.com can shed some light on your question.
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• United States
28 Jan 09
yeah that is a great site.. the 1st page had some good ideas/theories though
@Uroborus (911)
• Canada
26 Jan 09
The thing about movies that claim to be "inspired by a true story" is that there is no way of knowing what that true strory is unless the directors come out and tell you. If they don't then you have no way of knowing what the true story is, if in fact there even was one. As you know, the movie is about a couple that get terrorized at their home by three strangers. This is a pretty broad theme and can descibe many real life events that have occured. In fact there are many other movies that have a similar theme. There is even a novel called "The Stranger" (no "s" at the end), that was written over 60 years ago by Albert Camus, a French novelist. The story is about a french man that travels to Algiers (which was under French colonial rule at the time). The man ends up randomnly killing an Arab man in Algiers. Who knows, perhaps even this novel inspired the movie in some way. Sometimes "inspired by a true story", is a line used to help publicise the movie and give it broad appeal (we are all curious about horrific real life events). Who knows what that true story really was. Notice that they said "inspired by", not "based on".
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• United States
28 Jan 09
some of the people above found several things so some of them sound like crap (as in not worthy to have made the movie after) and some do sound interesting enough but i havent read them all yet.. but yeah who really knows??
@jambi462 (4601)
• United States
26 Jan 09
Even if it was based on a true story it still doesn't make it a cool movie idea to make. I'm sorry to say but that movie was really terrible and just basically one of the most boring plot lines in a movie I've ever watched. In my opinion this movie just shouldn't have been made because there wasn't really anything interesting in that movie or scary. I give it a thumbs down indeed.
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• United States
28 Jan 09
the only good thing i could find about it was that i watched turned up loud to where i jumped the first couple of times they were banging on stuff.. other than that it was boring as hell but like i said im a geek when it comes to watching movies inspired then doing research later to figure it out.. o i end up watching them just to look them up later
• United States
26 Jan 09
Horror movies that are "based on actual events" usually turn me off because they end up being slasher flicks - i.e. Hostel, the Hills Have Eyes, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (which was marketed as real but the validity of that is to be questioned) - and I don't dig slasher flicks. But I wanted to see the Strangers because the villains/bad guys/monsters/whathaveyou were girls.. At least watching the trailers I could tell without a doubt one was a girl, two were probably and the third was a little iffy.... It's very rare that they make a horror flick where the monster is a female and the movie doesn't turn out to be a complete waste of time (case in point, Scream 3, Friday the 13th, the Ring.....) I am sad to hear it was so disappointing but didn't expect much else. It seems half the time I get jazzed about a horror flick anymore I wind up wishing I had saved my money.
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• United States
28 Jan 09
2 out of the 3 were girls
@Corimore (249)
• United States
26 Jan 09
People always expect so much from movies that the true to life movies aren't as interesting to us anymore. I liked the movie it made me want to find out more about Kristen and James. I looked them up on the internet and found stuff about the movie. I am not sure how to find out the facts. But because it was missing all the gore of a normal fictional horror flick I think it's probably pretty right on.
• United States
26 Jan 09
yeah thats why i automaticaly expect to be kind of bored if its based on true things but i like to watch them still for like the psychological interest.. i read some where in a comments of another site it was based on 3 different things and one being the manson murders which if that is correct i will be mad because to me you shouldnt say its based on true events and then piece together half a dozen different things!!! to me then it becomes fiction!! grr!!
@galczu (33)
• Poland
27 Jan 09
I think what they meant by saying it was based on true vents is that many such happenings take place every year and it is somehow typical for our society which makes it even more scary.
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• United States
26 Jan 09
This might help you out! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Strangers Hope it does!
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@samma00 (343)
• Canada
26 Jan 09
also there's this link ( http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080531213538AA0UQ5O ) where someone answers a question about what the movie is based on.
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