The Strangers: Chapter 1: How scary and gory is the R-rated movie?

The Strangers. Photo Credit: John Armour
The Strangers. Photo Credit: John Armour /

The Strangers: Chapter 1 is now available to see in theaters, and tons of people have either already seen the new horror movie or will soon be headed to the theaters to see it. For the people who haven't watched it yet, we thought we'd prepare you by sharing a little about what you can expect. Since it's a horror flick, these types of movies can be scary and/or gory. Is that the case for The Strangers: Chapter 1? Find out below.

The Strangers: Chapter 1 is based on the original 2008 film The Strangers starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman. It's the first installment in a standalone sequel trilogy of films, which are all written by Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland and directed by Renny Harlin. The second installment, The Strangers: Chapter 2, is expected to come out later this year, while the third and final film in the trilogy, The Strangers: Chapter 3, is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2025.

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Madelaine Petsch as Maya in The Strangers. Photo Credit: John Armour/Lionsgate /

The first installment stars Riverdale's Madelaine Petsch and Froy Gutierrez as a young couple who decide to go on a road trip across the country only to end up stranded in a small town. As they wait for their car to be repaired, they stay the night at an isolated cabin in the woods. But as the night goes on, they soon find themselves in a fight for survival when three murderous masked intruders begin terrorizing them. Also in the cast are Rachel Shenton, Gabriel Basso, Ema Horvath, Richard Brake, Ella Bruccoleri, and several others.

The horror flick was given an R maturity rating for horror violence, language, and brief drug use. When it comes to language, there's definitely a good use of profanity in this movie. You'll hear some f-bombs throughout the film, as well as the use of the curse words "a**," "motherf*cker," and "sh*t." You don't have to worry about any nudity, though. There's a scene where a woman is showering, but you can't see any body parts besides her naked back and shoulders. Also, there aren't any sex scenes, just passionate kissing. When it comes to drug use, a character is shown briefly smoking marijuana. That's it.

Now, hear me out. If you watched the trailer and thought that this would be the type of movie that would scare the living daylights out of you, I'm here to tell you that it isn't. Yes, it is scary to an extent in that there are many tense moments and jump scares. I mean, there were several times throughout the film when the intruders would suddenly pop up on the screen, and I would be startled instantly. Truthfully, the use of effective jump scares definitely makes this movie more intense.

What makes the film even more unsettling is its sound design. The use of creaks, knocks, and other ambient noises helps build tension and keep the viewers on edge. The film's use of silence also helps create a sense of unease and heightens the audience's fear. But would I say The Strangers: Chapter 1 is one of the scariest horror movies I ever watched? Nope! However, I will say that it's a decent home invasion horror film that will give you chills. I just hate that it's pretty much a copy-paste of the original film.

Now, let's talk about gore. The Strangers: Chapter 1 is not a gory film at all, which shouldn't be surprising because the original film wasn't either. While there are violent scenes throughout the movie, such as scenes showing characters being stabbed, they are not excessively graphic or bloody. Overall, this film focuses more on suspense than gore. If you're looking for a horror movie with intense and explicit gore, you should check out the Terrifier movies. Now, those films are extremely gory and disturbing!

Be sure to check out The Strangers: Chapter 1, now in theaters.

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