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"Inspired by true events" - and you thought James Frey had issues

You may have seen the trailer for "The Strangers." A beautiful couple in an isolated vacation house are terrorized by three strangers, their faces hidden behind masks. The couple must do things they would have recoiled from only a day earlier to survive.

But what's even scarier? The tagline that says the movie is "inspired by true events."

Ad Age did a little digging. It turns out that in the movie business, there is a world of difference between "inspired by true events" and based on a true story.

The writer director says, ""That part of the story came to me from a childhood memory. As a kid, I lived in a house on a street in the middle of nowhere. One night, while our parents were out, somebody knocked on the front door and my little sister answered it. At the door were some people asking for somebody that didn't live there. We later found out that these people were knocking on doors in the area and, if no one was home, breaking into the houses. In 'The Strangers,' the fact that someone is at home does not deter the people who've knocked on the front door; it's the reverse."

As Ad Age puts it: "So the "true" event is a decades-old childhood memory of an almost-burglary that didn't actually happen?"

Read more here.



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