The True story of The Strangers, part two.

by on Sep.06, 2008, under Horror, The Strangers

The Strangers has been causing a lot of controversy for its alleged true story angle. Comparing the film to the facts (see: Keddie Cabin Murders -vs- The Strangers) hopefully helped to clear up a few misconceptions, although even if it did, it probably didn’t help anybody sleep better at night because of it.

This movie was inspired by true events, as opposed to being based on true events. What this means in Hollywood lingo, inspired by allows the directors imagination run rampant while implying everything portrayed is true, whereas based on is supposedly based on fact, albeit with a few embellishments (and usually a love interest). When interviewed about The Strangers, director Bryan Bertino said his main inspiration for the story was Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders.

Others seem to think the story is a lot closer to the storyline of the movie Them (a.k.a. Ils).

Them is based on true events in much the same way The Strangers was inspired by true events. Regardless, its a scary movie. In this story a couple moves from France to isolation in rural Romania. They’re awakened by strange noises one night and witness their car being stolen. Shortly afterwords, phone and power lines to the house are cut and the thieves return to terrorize and murder the couple. This is apparently based on the story of an Austrian who were murdered in their vacation home in the The Czech Republic by three teenagers. Its a savage story, but seemingly impossible to verify. It could be an urban legend, or completely fabricated to lend credibility to the film. In the end, who knows. All I can say is Them is the better movie.

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