The film opens with the following narration: What you are about to see is inspired by true events. According to the F.B.I. there are an estimated 1.4 million violent crimes in America each year. After extensive research I discovered there was nothing related to any true events. The closest I could get to match the plot is the true crime committed in 1969 by none other then Charles Manson. After reading about Helter Skelter and saw the gruesome murder of Sharon Tate its obvious that the director was inspired by these events.
"The Strangers" is thoroughly unoriginal and predictable from start to finish, with some extended moments of genuine tension. The trailer was much better than the movie.