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Top 5 Scariest Moments from The Strangers

VO: Matthew Wende
Written by Mark Sammut When The Strangers hit the scene it instantly became known as one of the scariest and freshest horror movies in a long while! WatchMojo presents the Top 5 Terrifying Moments from The Strangers! But what will take the top spot on our list? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: Big thanks to MattW128 for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: https://www.WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+5+Scariest+Moments+from+the+Strangers

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They are behind you. Seriously, they are right behind you! Welcome to, and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 5 Scariest Moments from The Strangers.

For this list, we are looking at the most spine-tingling scenes from Bryan Bertino’s “The Strangers.” This should go without saying, but a spoiler warning is now in effect. While not the goriest of movies, some of the upcoming scenes are violent in nature; so, please be prepared.

#5: Stabbing

Going out with a bang, this horror film definitely does not take the easy way out. After being hunted for most of the night, Kristen and James wake up to find themselves tied and completely at the mercy of the three masked intruders. Despite Liv Tyler's tearful pleas to let them go, the strangers carve up the couple to bring the story to a rather nihilistic conclusion. While the attack is not shown head-on, Kristen's screams are more than enough to paint the painful picture.

#4: Stranger Behind The Window

Finally, a modern horror movie that knows how to properly use a jump scare! Approaching the half-hour mark, up until this point, “The Strangers” prioritized creating a tense atmosphere over straightforward scares. With Kristen alone at home and the masked intruders playing mind-games, all that pent-up frustration is released in one quick explosive moment. Serving as the first close-up of the villains, this jump scare is when Kristen realized that the Strangers were more than just pranksters, and that she was in for a long and terrible night.

#3: James Accidentally Shoots Mike

Depending on whether you are familiar with “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” or not, this is either the scariest or funniest sequence in the movie, as James' best friend, Mike, arrives in the middle of the night to pick up his buddy. After his car is attacked, Mike investigates the ransacked house to try and find James or Kristen. Putting aside Mike's rather daft decision to not repeatedly call out their names, Dennis Reynolds turns a corner and gets a shotgun blast to the face from James.

#2: "Because You Were Home"

Okay, this might feel like a trailer line, but it really works in the context of the story. Taking place a moment before Kristen and James' get stabbed, Liv Tyler finally gets an answer to the question we have all been wondering – why are they doing this? Their reasoning proves to be rather straightforward. The Strangers are not acting out some big scheme or grand plan, no, they attacked Kristen and James simply because they happened to be there. They are opportunistic monsters who only want to kill.

#1: Masked Stranger Appears In Background

The scariest scene in the entire movie and, also, one of the most understated. Until this chilling scene, the Strangers were acting more like annoying children than killers, as they repeatedly rang the doorbell and said the same creepy lines. Frustrated and scared, Kristen wanders the home alone when a masked intruder suddenly appears in the background. The stranger stalks his clueless victim, watching her every move from the shadows, and disappears before Kristen notices him. There is nothing scarier than feeling like you are being watched.

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