The Strangers

2008 UR 1h 26m Blu-ray / DVD

The Strangers

2008 UR 1h 26m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this heart-pounding thriller, a young suburban couple welcomes the peace and quiet of a secluded family vacation home -- that is, until three masked invaders make them realize just how dangerous isolation can be.
Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks, Laura Margolis, Glenn Howerton
Bryan Bertino
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 HD, English: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): DTS 5.1 Surround
UR - UR -
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that plenty of blood is spilled in this grisly, tense, very scary horror movie. Characters are stabbed, beaten, and shot, often very graphically. That said, unlike many others in the horror genre, the film doesn't sexualize its terror, and the characters in peril aren't just sacrificial lambs -- the filmmakers make you care about them. Some teens who aren't necessarily gung-ho horror fans may be drawn in by stars Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman -- but even though the film is well-made and, by the standards of the genre, "tasteful," there's still plenty of shocking violence and high-strung tension (not to mention some swearing, drinking, and smoking), making it better suited for older viewers with strong nerves.

Sexual Content

Characters kiss, with the suggestion that they're about to have sex (underthings are removed, pants unbuckled) ... before other events intrude on the mood.


Beatings, stabbings, and shootings, with plenty of suspense building up to each violent act. Each act is shown in full, along with the grim aftermath. Extensive physical peril, copious amounts of blood, brief-yet-graphic shots of grievously wounded and dead bodies. People are beaten senseless then dragged; characters are shown with wounds and injuries; characters are repeatedly stabbed onscreen while tied and helpless.


Language includes a few non-sexual uses of "f--k," plus "bitch" and "sucks."

Social Behavior

Villains terrorize their victims randomly, just because they're there.


No prominent brands/products.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink champagne and beer; Tyler's character smokes cigarettes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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