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The Strangers

The Strangers

Date: Jul 02 2008

Themes: Pop Culture


1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Can a scary movie be too scary? That’s the point, right? But what if it’s so scary you can barely watch it. Wouldn’t that be like food so spicy you can’t eat it?

The concept behind The Strangers is familiar. Everyone has been in a house in the middle of nowhere and thought, “If something happened out here, no one would hear me scream.”

Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman are a couple spending the night at a house in the woods. They’re stalked by three masked killers who hide in the background of many of the shots unbeknownst to the characters.

Now, Beren loves scary movies. But The Strangers was almost too much. Listen to her talk to Marni about it.


1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Beren:  I just went and saw this movie, a scary movie, called The Strangers.

Marni:  You love scary movies. I do too and I’ve been wondering. So how was it? Scary?

Beren:  Oh my God! OK, so I kinda got roped into going, like I didn’t really want to go. I was like, “Oh, that looks stupid and I already went and saw The Ruins,” which was awesome too. Anyway, I was like, “I don’t really want to go.” And I’d read reviews and I remember being on the Internet that day and just glancing over CNN or something like there was a critic weighing in, “Is it maybe too scary? Is that why it’s getting ripped to shreds?”

Marni:  Oh, interesting!

Beren:  So that piqued my curiosity.

Marni:  Too scary? What is that? What constitutes “too scary”?

Beren:  So I went to the theater and I was with two friends. The movie starts and I’d say within 15, 20 minutes, I wanted to run to the front of the screen, in front of all those people and just scream and shake my head and run out of the theater. I seriously was so scared…

Marni:  You couldn’t handle it?

Beren:  I couldn’t handle it. I can handle really scary movies, but I was hiding. I was just like, “Oh my God.”

Marni:  Because it’s based on true events, right?

Beren:  Mm-hmm. Like a couple goes out into the country…out in the middle of nowhere. It was brutal from beginning to end. You’re just like, “I cannot believe this.” And I think that’s what makes it so scary it’s…there’s no humor, really. It’s unrelenting.



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Beren’s friends took her to see The Strangers even though she didn’t really want to see it. A few minutes in, she thought about leaving, but not because the movie was bad…because it was just so scary!

The story was inspired by true events, and like a real-life murder there is little humor. It’s terrifying from beginning to end. So if that sounds like fun to you, check it out.

Have you ever been afraid while you were in the woods? What’s sort of setting is the scariest to you?



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No, I am not afraid at all, I’m not afraid of anything hehe

02:03 PM May 09 2012 |




i  don’t  like  this  movie … sometimes  when  i am alone , i will think so many  bad thing,  like ghost will  eat me , ghost  will  take me away  from this  world…. 

The  scary movie  in china  are most  about the  ghost  ,oh my god .that make me  timid…

12:48 AM Aug 03 2011 |



the lesson is great,while the film is,emmmm,so boring~lol

02:14 PM Aug 03 2008 |

stand by me

Saudi Arabia

i like this lesson cuz. i like the scary movies

09:55 PM Jul 20 2008 |



hi  ! are u Maldivian

09:55 AM Jul 07 2008 |




i seldom see scary movie,because i can't sleep after watching it.

it is funny.i kinda like to tell friends scary story before.But,the story always scare nobody excepyt myself.

07:42 AM Jul 07 2008 |


South Korea


03:39 PM Jul 06 2008 |




As for me, movies about murders aren't really horror movies, that's "gore" because in 
this kind of movies there's always blood everywhere, I prefer movies about ghosts, possessions, and japanesse horror movies which are the best. Because of the plot that I've heard about this movie THE STRANGERS" I think I'm fed up with these stories about murders, we have many movies with this plot such as: SCREAM, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, URBAN LEDGENDS, HOUSE OF WAX, FRIDAY 13…..............

01:26 AM Jul 06 2008 |




I haven´t seen this movie, but this lesson piqued my curiosity

11:43 PM Jul 05 2008 |



Vitaly 111:

Low budgets doesn´t mean bad movies. It depends of the director and the actors he/she choose, don´t you think? There´s a lot of big budget films that sucks!!! You can see, for example "Jumper" (action – science fiction) vs "The descent" (horror). Did you see "The descent" at the movies? I recommend you to see it at night, it´s so scary!!!  

10:06 PM Jul 05 2008 |



Saudi Arabia

I agree with baren..sometimes movies are too scary..so we dont finsh it!!!what’s the point??

05:59 PM Jul 05 2008 |



i donot like scary movies,but  i like to frighten friends for fun.They frighten me sometimes.Innocent

11:32 AM Jul 05 2008 |




It sounds nice!!

11:24 AM Jul 05 2008 |




I LOVEEEE scary movies!! Tongue out  not the stupid ones !!

i guess the scaries one i've ever seen was "one missed call", but not the american version!!

it was the first time when i closed my eyes )) n even after that i kept on screaming .. haha

07:56 AM Jul 04 2008 |



Who has never seen a scary movie? Surprised In my opinion it's a way to exorcize our dreads.. just as u are walking in the dark..and your mind imagine someone either  a strange animal or insect is going to hit you! ONE's as you have seen such kind of movies nothing could frighten you anymore! At heart its only a movie.. if it was a real life experience,it would be  much more owesome! I just think that I'd like to see one's..mmh mhh

05:49 PM Jul 03 2008 |


Russian Federation

Well, I ve got to check "The Strangers". But i am quite sure that it's not as scary as they say. This movie is not really expencsive: the budget was just $10000000. That's why i don't think they could create a scariest movie in the world.

We ll seeLaughing

10:55 AM Jul 03 2008 |



United States

I like scary movies. and science fiction.  But i don not like Japanese scary movies. cuz they are tooooo scary.~

08:38 AM Jul 03 2008 |

sweet soul

sweet soul

Saudi Arabia

i like watching scary movies like saw ;) .. it was really nice from story side .. i will try to see this movie "the strangers"

seems like sweet  ..

08:32 AM Jul 03 2008 |




from it i know any words ,it is very funny ,thanks!!

07:51 AM Jul 03 2008 |




i want to see this movie!

i like horror films!

10:24 PM Jul 02 2008 |

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