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After returning from a wedding reception, a couple staying in an isolated vacation house receive a knock on the door in the mid-hours of the night. What ensues is a violent invasion by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple find themselves in a violent struggle, in which they go beyond what either of them thought capable in order to survive.Written by
According to director Bryan Bertino, the film is partially based on an incident he experienced as a child. One evening a stranger came to his door, asked for someone who was not there, and left. Later, Bertino found out that other homes in his neighborhood had been broken into that night. See more »
When crawling out of the ditch, Kristen's hand changes from being wrapped to unwrapped between cuts. See more »
What you are about to see is inspired by true events. According to the FBI, there are an estimated 1.4 million violent crimes in America each year. On the night of February 11, 2005, Kristen McKay and James Hoyt left a friend's wedding reception and returned to the Hoyt family's summer home. The brutal events that took place there are still not entirely known.
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The unrated version is over two minutes longer than the theatrical version which includes one additional scene of Kristen, after being stabbed and left for dead, is crawling on the floor of the house to reach Mike's ringing cell phone, only to have it ring off before she can answer it. Then the Man in the Mask appears again, takes the phone away from her, and walks out the front door with it, leaving Kristen dying on the floor. See more »
Apart from the "based on true ..." thing on the beginning, which by the way is my new big NO for a movie ... I just can't stand that hypocritical use of this phrase. Every other movie is than based on true events. Most of the romantic comedies are, teen comedies etc. etc. At least some parts are true or did happen in real life, which is why the script writer "thought" them up ...
But I should stop ranting about that (and the fact, that a voice over at the beginning of the movie, isn't entirely "correct" ... well you see). This movie promises to scare you and it delivers. Mood-wise it stays close to a french movie called "Ils" (Them), which was a great suspense thriller/horror. I also liked the relationships between the two main characters. You could say it's standard fare, but it has great framing and lighting (sound design is "scary" too).
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