There is a horror/thriller coming out at the end of May called The Strangers. It’s a combination of Halloween and Funny Games. Also, Scott Speedman. You can watch the trailer here, and take particular note of your favorite forest sprite at the 1:14 mark. Newsom is the new black, goes with anything.

In addition to being a floppy sack mask (the spookiest type of mask if you didn’t know) thriller, The Strangers has a weird Blair Witch component to it, insofar as it’s being advertised as a story based on real events, namely “the horrifying events that took place in the Hoyt family’s vacation home at 1801 Clark Road on February 11, 2005.” But if you do an actual google search for Hoyt family, or Hoyt family Clark Road, all you get are a bunch of Yahoo! message boards about how if you google search for Hoyt family all you get are a bunch of Yahoo! message boards, and the circle will not be unbroken.

So, I did a little research of my own, using Google Maps. There are ten instances of 1801 Clark Road in the United States.

1801 Clark Road, Oroville, California:

Nah. This is secluded enough, but I don’t think this movie takes place in California. There’s something decidedly un-sunny about it. If you’re going to set a horror movie in California, you set it in a hot tub dressed in a bikini, not some cabin in the woods.

1801 Clark Road, Gary, Indiana:

Haha, but no. Gary, Indiana is a horror documentary.

1801 Clark Road, Granville, Kansas:

Setting it in Kansas could lend the movie its In Cold Blood realism, but if you watch the trailer, they’re definitely in a woodsy area, and this looks more like a granary.

1801 Clark Road, Inman, South Carolina:

Again, no. Look at that highway? You are thinking of this horror movie.

1801 Clark Road, Lapeer, Michigan:

You know, this one looks like it’s in too crowded of an area at first. So many neighbors’ houses to run to for shelter. But I dug a little deeper, and look how close Jill’s Costume Rental is! Jills Costume Rental, of course, is Lapeer, Michigan’s premiere merchandiser of creepy sack masks and generic Betty Boop rip-off masks.

So far it’s Lapeer for the win.

1801 Clark Road, Mercedes, Texas:

No.

1801 Clark Road, Plantersville, Texas:

No.

1801 Clark Road, Prescott, Michigan:

Why is the satellite photo blurred out? Remember when they did that for Dick Cheney? Mightn’t they have also done it for a make believe murder invented to help advertise a middle-of-the-road horror movie recycling old tropes of bourgeois home owner anxiety? MAYBE!

1801 Clark Road, Campti, Louisiana:

This movie does not take place in Louisiana.

1801 Clark Road, Williamsburg, Kansas:

Again with the Kansas. And the blurriness. Certainly suspicious, but the closest costume rental location is 38 miles away, and I don’t really think the killers put a lot of thought into it (They use an axe, for Christ’s sake. How pedestrian.) No, it was definitely Lapeer, Michigan. They did it. True storayyyyy.

Comments (99)
  1. Time on your hands?

    • Kort  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2008 -3

      There would be snow on Feb 11th and no leaving the house in a strapless gown with not coat in Lapeer. Plus i live there, and wouldhvae heard something about it

  2. Floppy sack mask IS the spookiest type of mask. That’s science fact.

  3. nathan  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 -2

    personally i find child masks to be the creepiest. or clear masks with eyebrows and lips colored in. those are pretty effin’ spooky.

  4. berto  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2008 +2

    When they first showed the one on the right in the trailer, I couldn’t help by say, “Liza Minelli?” Which, really, would make for one hell of a horror mask.

  5. DeReK  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2008 -1

    I checked on IMDB, turns out it’s South Carolina…

    http://imdb.com/title/tt0482606/locations

  6. Bruce  |   Posted on Apr 22nd, 2008 +1

    *AHEM* This is hollywood we’re talking about people!!! This is a place that can take a story of a 15 yr old boy that “helped” save a local wetland California by protesting and then make a movie starring a 50 yr old actor who plays a wild life conservationist who fights poachers and developers and saves thousands of acres of swamp land in Louisianna and say it was based or inspired by real events!!!

    Movie was probably based on a home invasion robbery gne bad in some quiet little suburb where the cops couldnt figure out who did it. We see stories like that ALL the time., but who would go see it? How do we make it scary enough? *IDEA* Let’s take them from the burbs and put it in a wooded area. Lets take a couple of probable ex employees or random crackheads and replace them with three Jason/Mike Meyers type horror fiend. And last but not least lets remind them *snigger* that this movie was ‘isnpired’ by real events.

    Inspired by real events is a marketing gimmick to sucker in movie goers who get off on the idea of watching a movie about a couple of poor schmucks who get their lives destroyed one spooky night………………………….

  7. rebecca  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 -1

    Not having seen this film in it’s entirety.. I can’t be sure, but only last year there was another film released called “Them” a French film about a couple based in a remote house in Romania, that becomes invaded and surrounded by “people” not wielding masks, as you don’t see them for much of the movie… but this was also reportedly based on a true story.. yet this dvd actually has the proof.. won’t tell you who did it.. but if this is a remake – BORING!

  8. rebecca  |   Posted on May 1st, 2008 -1

    Not having seen this film in it’s entirety.. I can’t be sure, but only last year there was another film released called “Them” a French film about a couple based in a remote house in Romania, that becomes invaded and surrounded by “people” not wielding masks, as you don’t see them for much of the movie… but this was also reportedly based on a true story.. yet this dvd actually has the proof.. won’t tell you who did it.. but if this is a remake – BORING!

  9. bree  |   Posted on May 5th, 2008 -1

    clark county indiana formed feb 3 1801 ?

  10. bree  |   Posted on May 5th, 2008 -1

    clark county indiana formed feb 3 1801 ?

  11. Joe  |   Posted on May 6th, 2008 0

    The murders, if even true were definately not committed in Lapeer Michigan according to the site http://www.city-data.com/city/Lapeer-Michigan.html there were no murders committed in Lapeer in the year 2005. There were 3 however committed the next year in 2006, but the movie the Strangers tells us these murders were committed on February 11th, 2005.

  12. Diane  |   Posted on May 7th, 2008 -2

    I never get why they take the crap. 2 against 3 is a pretty fair fight, especially since 2 of the 3 are small females. Kick some butt and bury the bodies… simple enough! I know… it’s just a movie.

  13. a  |   Posted on May 11th, 2008 -2

    they changed the movie around just like they changed the texas chainsaw massacre, “leather face” he never even used a chainsaw.

  14. a  |   Posted on May 11th, 2008 -2

    they changed the movie around just like they changed the texas chainsaw massacre, “leather face” he never even used a chainsaw.

    • “Leatherface” wasnt a real person if you didnt know. the texas chainsaw massacre as well as psycho was based on the murders that Ed Gein had committed.

  15. screamer22  |   Posted on May 11th, 2008 0

    Ive been reading a little bit about this movie since i saw the trailer. Though i dont know the ending nor would i know i was spoiling it, but i dont believe any murders occured at all. Thats why i believe no one can come up with any info online because the documented events are probably only documented by the victims. The movie clearly has parts taken from other stories. I think its possible it took place in south carolina or michigan, those are the 2 theories that seem feazible. im excited to see it in theatres. Michigan seems like the most likely

  16. i believe the story is based on this couple. close to michigan site, believeable.

  17. JimFrogger  |   Posted on May 12th, 2008 0

    A chocolate bar is like a cocoa bar except for yellow pudding.

  18. cartman1993  |   Posted on May 12th, 2008 +3

    “Inspired by true events” isn’t the same thing as “based on a true story.” The people who made this movie could have heard a story about a suburban couple who saw a kid with a mask on for Halloween and were “inspired” by that. Just about anything could have “inspired” them.

  19. LadyWolf  |   Posted on May 13th, 2008 +1

    The best theory I’ve seen so far is that Barbara Hoyt was one of the Manson Family and that the movie is based on some of their killings or the idea of what they might have done since no one will ever really know. Google her name – it’s a plausible theory. The address could be BS. But nice effort.

  20. CSC  |   Posted on May 13th, 2008 +2

    IMDB indicates this movie was filmed in South Carolina. So, it could easily be set/based there. No reason to think it wasn’t considering, as someone who has been through SC many, many times, there are a lot of isolated, secluded areas where something such of this could have easily occurred without being noticed by neighbors/passerbys/etc.

    To throw another possibility in the pot, I read the story was loosely inspired by an attack on and eventual murder of an Austrian couple while staying at their vacation home in the Czech Republic.

    Who knows…Either way, considering how “real” this scenario as compared to, say, “Darkness Falls” or “The Ring,” this movie will creep many people out whether or not a similar, true story is uncovered.

  21. CSC  |   Posted on May 13th, 2008 0

    IMDB indicates this movie was filmed in South Carolina. So, it could easily be set/based there. No reason to think it wasn’t considering, as someone who has been through SC many, many times, there are a lot of isolated, secluded areas where something such of this could have easily occurred without being noticed by neighbors/passerbys/etc.

    To throw another possibility in the pot, I read the story was loosely inspired by an attack on and – the eventual murder of – an Austrian couple while staying at their vacation home in the Czech Republic.

    Who knows…Either way, considering how “real” this scenario is as compared to, say, “Darkness Falls” or “The Ring,” this movie will creep many people out whether or not a similar, true story is uncovered.

  22. Alli W.  |   Posted on May 14th, 2008 -1

    Its “snicker” not “snigger”. Back to the discussion…..

  23. Alli W.  |   Posted on May 14th, 2008 -1

    Its “snicker” not “snigger”. Back to the discussion…..

  24. Ashley  |   Posted on May 14th, 2008 0

    Yep, you all should really listen to everyone who is telling you to take the “inspired by a true story” line with a grain of salt. Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, and Silence of the Lambs are all “inspired” by the same man, Ed Gein, who was only convicted of actually killing 2 women, albeit he was one sick puppy. He was mostly a necrophiliac, but what he did with the bodies he dug up was mortifying. If you’re interested in the real Gein story, I recommend the low budget flick “Deranged” which opens with a brief Gein documentary including the only real footage of the artifacts that Gein made (bowls made of skulls and the infamous “flesh suit”, etc) out of the bodies of his “victims” (who were mostly already dead when he got to them). My best guess with this one is that it is some sort of twist on the Manson family murders of the LaBianca couple in CA. Just a guess though.

  25. Michelle  |   Posted on May 15th, 2008 0

    Clarksville,AR could be another spot there is an 1801 clark road address there but I think the only plausible explaination was from CSC
    “To throw another possibility in the pot, I read the story was loosely inspired by an attack on and eventual murder of an Austrian couple while staying at their vacation home in the Czech Republic. ” Could be the “true” story.

  26. Morgan  |   Posted on May 15th, 2008 +1

    i live in Florence SC where the movie was filmed and I’ve spoken with several Private Investegators about the possibility of the events haven taken place here and they have told me over and over again that it did not take place here. One of the Private I’s is a very good friend of mine and he’s trying to figure out where exactly it did happen but I know for certain it was not in Florence SC.
    The director actually wanted to use a guy i went to highschool’s house. Its a huge white house that would have looked amazing on the film but they didnt want all the photographers around their house all the time so they turned the offer down.

    If i do find anything else out ill be sure to post it here.
    maybe we should just ask perez.
    haha

  27. Kevin R.  |   Posted on May 17th, 2008 +1

    “The horrifying events that took place in the Hoyt family?s vacation home at 1801 Clark Road on February 11, 2005, are still not entirely known.”

    Probably because nothing of the kind ever happened to anyone by that name on that date.
    Still sounds like a good spookfest.

  28. nate  |   Posted on May 21st, 2008 0

    actually its based on a string of events that happened to the director of the movie. a group of 3 people (2 women 1 man) often went around knocking on peoples doors and breaking in. however, that could have inspired him to create the movie, but yes i do believe the murders actually took place.

  29. Jim  |   Posted on May 21st, 2008 0

    I live just south of Lapeer, MI. Nothing remotely like this has ever happened here.

  30. Lynn  |   Posted on May 22nd, 2008 0

    HOW IN THE CRAP WOULD ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED ON THE NIGHT WHEN 2 PEOPLE DIED?? (EXCEPT FOR THE DEAD PEOPLE THEMSELVES) WERE THE KILLERS CAUGHT??? DID THEY TELL THERE VERSION??WAS THERE A CAMERA IN THE HOUSE ON THE NIGHT OF THE KILLINGS??? THIS MOVIE SOUNDS MADE UP.

    • cristy bets  |   Posted on Jun 16th, 2008 0

      if you see the movie you’d know she doesnt die in the end, so she could have told them what happend.

  31. lynn  |   Posted on May 23rd, 2008 0

    This is the script to the movie. As you will see the original names were going to be James Hotopp for the boyfriend and also the script was written in 2004. Wasn’t the “true story” said to happen in 2006????? By the way the script has changed over the past 4 years. I think the ending is the same though. :) ENJOY this fake movie.

    • shhh  |   Posted on May 31st, 2008 0

      uh your stupid. this isn’t a “fake” movie. those events did happen because i searched it. your bascially saying that those people didn’t die and it’s “made up” well it isn’t. the movie is based on what they think happen there hasn’t been any real evidence proving what really happened on febuary 11th,2005. you really should shut your mouth b/c it’s obvious you don’t know what the hell your talking about

  32. lynn  |   Posted on May 23rd, 2008 0

    This is the script to the movie. As you will see the original names were going to be James Hotopp for the boyfriend and also the script was written in 2004. Wasn’t the “true story” said to happen in 2006????? By the way the script has changed over the past 4 years. I think the ending is the same though. :) ENJOY this fake movie.

    http://rapidshare.com/files/112878342/The_Strangers.pdf.html

  33. hoooker with a penis  |   Posted on May 23rd, 2008 0

    I think a leper’s face is more scar than a flappy mask.

  34. whatever  |   Posted on May 24th, 2008 +2

    The movie is inspired by the Keddie Cabin Murders which took place on April 11, 1981. Just FYI people.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/06/10/MN128511.DTL

  35. whatever  |   Posted on May 24th, 2008 +2

    The movie is inspired by the Keddie Cabin Murders which took place on April 11, 1981. Just FYI people.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/06/10/MN128511.DTL

  36. Daniel  |   Posted on May 26th, 2008 0

    Haha well I have a few things to say
    1. You all have wasted way too much time on something that doesnt even matter haha
    2. IT’S A MOVIE YOU DUMBASSES
    3. If anyone ever listens to the “Inspired by a true story” or “Based on true events” after seeing Open Water, then you deserve to be shot.
    4. Who cares if it’s based on something that actually happened or not? It looks like a good scary movie, isn’t that all that really matters? I mean jeez

  37. Blaine  |   Posted on May 27th, 2008 0

    The director of the movie, Bryon Bertino, in a interview with Fangoria Magazine said the story is inspired by the Manson murders.

  38. sam craig  |   Posted on May 28th, 2008 0

    i think urr the spookiest kind of mask u little creep

  39. My Name  |   Posted on May 30th, 2008 +1

    Another 1801 Clark Road in New Mexico… this house is for sale…

    http://www.trulia.com/property/1056443323-1801-Clark-Rd-Las-Cruces-NM

  40. Dave  |   Posted on May 30th, 2008 +2

    Umm… the movie Open Water IS BASED ON REAL EVENTS!!! Two Americans went scuba diving off the Reef near Australia’s coast…got separated from their diving boat and left out in the ocean.

    THey were a married couple. SO THERE.

    I think Strangers is an amalgamation of several crimes, with elements from those crimes put together in to one movie. For instance, there was no outside terrorizing of the victims all night long in the Keddie killing. In that crime, everything took place inside, and nobody heard or saw a thing.

  41. lisa  |   Posted on May 30th, 2008 +1

    Thanks for researching that for me. My son and I just got back from the move and have been searching all night for the TRUE story about “the strangers”. Thank goodness I clicked on your sight….you saved me A LOT of time!!!!!!!!!

  42. Leslie  |   Posted on May 31st, 2008 0

    Just because the movie was filmed in South Carolina, doesn’t mean that South Carolina is the place where these things supposedly happened.

  43. Ift the murders took place in 1981, or severl years ago….then current maps may not be the best bet, in finding the cabin. Development, like bussniess, or a highway could have been bulit around the area since then. I personally think It’s address was made up for the film.

    Check link , or read below:
    http://www.socyberty.com/Paranormal/Unsolved-Mysteries-Part-1-Cabin-28.124492

    by morbidmaven, May 23, 2008
    “The Strangers” is loosley based on the Keddie murders, although the connection is a bit unclear. No one knows who or how many people committed the murders. It is a complete mystery what happened that night in 1981, yet The Strangers features three masked murderers. The only similarities that I can gather are the fact that both the Keddie murders and the movie occur in a somewhat isolated area to people residing in a cabin. The strange thing, though, is that the Keddie murders were not in an isolated area. In fact, cabin 28 where the murders occurred was in the middle of a cluster of cabins. It is a mystery why no one heard anything that night. So really there is no connection between the Keddie murders and the movie The Strangers. The movie makers probably just claimed that so that they could put “based on real events” on the movie trailer and posters, which of course makes it a lot scarier and appealing.

    by Derek Cyr, May 15, 2008

    In a small town where everybody knows everybody, one night in April changed their future forever.

    I do not know why but most people have a certain thing about the unknown. Whether it is the unknowns of life, death, UFOs, murders or legends, some people just have to know the story and try and figure out the outcome. In part one of this series, I will write about some cases that have unknown endings. Some will be frightening, some will be brutal and some might even seem funny but all are true stories.

    The Town of Keddie
    Very few people know or have ever been in Keddie in Northern California. It has always been a very small and quiet place. This is even truer since in a census taken in 2000, only 96 people lived in Keddie. There used to be much more, but since 1981, it has become a ghost town. A terrible event happened in April of that year that has changed the little town forever and has left many questions unanswered. It has even given this town some unwanted and morbid tourists.

    Cabin 28
    On the morning of April 12, Sheila Sharp came back at her cabin at around 9 a.m. The cabin where she was the night before was not even 15 feet away from her own.

    She walked in the front door as she usually did not knowing what had happened. What she was going to see probably still traumatizes her to this day. Directly inside she saw her brother John Sharp and his friend Dana Wingate. Both were bound hand and foot, stabbed and hammered to death. There was blood on every inch of the cabin. The walls had cuts on them and the furniture was busted open. She looked around and then saw on the blood soaked couch, her mother lying there. She was also killed the same way. What is strange though is that here two younger brothers and a friend of theirs were found in the back bedroom untouched. However, that was not it since her little sister Tina was missing.

    On April 11 1981, at the Keddie resort three horrible murders were committed in Cabin 28. Glenna Sharp, 36, her 15-year-old son John and 17-year-old family friend Dana Wingate were bludgeoned and stabbed by assailants still unidentified. Sharp’s 13-year-old daughter Tina was missing from the scene when 14-year-old Sheila Sharp discovered the bodies the following morning. Sheila had been spending the night with a friend. Glenna Sharp’s two youngest boys and another boy, toddlers at the time, had been spared and were found safe in another room of the cabin. Ultimately, Tina Sharp’s remains were discovered 3 years later when a bottle digger found parts of her remains 95 miles away near a waterfall.

    Since the cabins were all, so close together it would be pretty much impossible that no noise was made that night. However, no one seemed to hear anything that night. In the years following the murders, the Keddie Resort fell into disrepair and most buildings were condemned. Many around the area talked of the cabin being haunted. To this day, the case remains unsolved.

    Over the next decade or so, it rotted into a refuge for squatters and hobos, and the county condemned most of the buildings. However, in the past few years long-time owner Gary Mollath has gone on a furious restoration campaign that has the old resort looking pretty much as it did in 1981 — sans people.

    He rented out a couple of the best cabins, and says he hopes to rehab the rest enough to reopen in a year.

    First there is Cabin #28 — dubbed “The Murder House” by locals — to contend with.

    The condemned building’s yellow-and-white paint is flaking, doors are nailed shut and most windows are covered with plywood. Bums and kids have often broken in for kicks, but by several accounts, they all flee in a hurry.

    “That house has been such a negative point for so long that I intend to tear it down and put a park there,” Mollath said. “Then I’m going to open this place back up and cater to groups — with people traveling closer to home now, I think the timing will be just right.

    “I want people to come and say, “Wow!” when we start up again. Not be scared.”

    He did indeed keep his word. In 2004, the famous Cabin 28 was torn down. There is no more cabin there but people all over still wonder what happened that sad night in April?.

  44. paris  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2008 0

    well if you go on google and type hoyt family house, the first link will shows you a map of the actual house and a picture. i just saw the movie and it looks exactly the same as the pic..

  45. ashley  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2008 0

    All of you are dumb. If the events are true, then they aren’t going to release the names of the real victims, or the real address, or the real date. This is for privacy of the victims families. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “Pyscho”, “Silence of the Lambs” were all based on Ed Gein. He didn’t hack people up with a chainsaw, so this movie will obviously have differences from the truth. Besides, people didn’t find out those movies were based on Ed Gein for years after he was long gone.

  46. Steff  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2008 0

    Um, hello? You’re stupid. They wouldn’t list the real address in the movie.. or real names… Duh?

  47. Court  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2008 0

    they drove by a lake in the movie too, dont forget!

  48. Robert Kilburn  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2008 0

    Hey people. It is just a good movie. I like it and if it is a true story than so what.. Have a nice night….

    San Diego, Ca

  49. KELLY  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2008 0

    Filmed in Florence SC goob

  50. KELLY  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2008 0

    Filmed in Florence SC goob, based on Keddie Cabin murders CA

  51. mgordon  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2008 0

    I would just like to thank all of you for saving me alot of time because i just watched the movie and the ending left me wanting to know more. Thanks to you all I can rest tonight because there is nothing to search for lol.

  52. Abby  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2008 0

    In an interview with the director, he states that 1801 Clark Road is the address of his own childhood home, and that the movie is inspired by memories of his childhood. Robbers would go around in his neighborhood knocking door to door, asking if a certain (non-existant) person were home, then breaking into the homes where people were not home. The director said that The Strangers was the opposite, based on that the people WERE home. This being said, James Hoyt and Kristen McKay were not real people; it is also said that the movie is based off of the Keddie (Cabin 28) Murders or the Manson Murders. It IS hollywood that we are talking about, and the set does not always have to match up with the address….like Clark Road is not the actual location of the house used in the film.

  53. From WIKIPEDIA:

    The movie is inspired by an event from the director Bryan Bertino’s childhood, among other things[citation needed]. A stranger came to his home asking for someone who did not live there. Later, he found out that empty homes in the neighborhood had been burglarized[citation needed]. With that memory in mind, Bertino created this screenplay[citation needed].

    The screenplay is also inspired by the events of the Charles Manson murders[citation needed]. The core of the story is based on the murders that took place in Cabin #28 at Keddie Resort[citation needed], in the remote township of Keddie, CA, where three people were found tied up, stabbed, bludgeoned by a hammer. (A fourth victim who’d been at the site was found some months later, the body dumped 90 miles away.)[1]

  54. Kimberley  |   Posted on Jun 4th, 2008 0

    My thing is…if they dont knowwhat truely happened yet…how the hell can they create a movie??? Yea…but if it did by any chance happen R.I.P. to those who lost there life…and if it isnt…Fu*K the person who thought it would be cool to wish this upon someone.

  55. kelly  |   Posted on Jun 5th, 2008 +1

    it’s not lapeer michigan. i live in michigan not far form there, we would have heard something. besides about that time of the year the ground would be covered in snow and the movie didn’t depict that at all.

  56. Pwntime  |   Posted on Jun 6th, 2008 -1

    Are you guys for real. This is NOT based on factual data, it is fiction plain and simple. Ever hear of Blair Witch lol, same thing.

    It was JUST a movie.

  57. tyler  |   Posted on Jun 8th, 2008 0

    umm if i remember correctly
    the house wasnt exactly in the middle of no where
    it looked to me it was in the country
    with a country neighborhood
    there were prolly houses around
    because if there wasnt
    what in the hell
    was going thru the minds
    of those kids parents
    they had to be
    12 or 13
    like everyone else has said
    i think the cabin 28
    and manson murders are the closet too it
    and if you research the mason murders
    a girl actually did come forward years later
    and admit to the killings
    but she died before they could apeal it

  58. Meg  |   Posted on Jun 8th, 2008 0

    I’m with the majority that it was in South Carolina or at least somewhere in the south. In the movie the trees outside were pine trees which it seems I see more in the southern states than the north.

  59. ArtVandal13  |   Posted on Jun 9th, 2008 0

    I just saw it….. The movie is set in New York or close by New England area. The car has New York plates that you can barely read. Anyway, the writer admitted that it’s just based on various events of invasion killings in the past. He even admitted that the address was one from his childhood. You can read the interview for yourself at http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=6242

  60. Charles Mac  |   Posted on Jun 11th, 2008 0

    Sorry to tell you but you are COMPLETELY wrong. The murders were part of the Charles Manson murders. Also, the events took place in Keddie, California.

  61. Rick  |   Posted on Jun 11th, 2008 0

    Um, no, all vehicle plates in the movie are Pennsylvania plates. That’s the only aspect of the movie that suggests which state it takes place, although Google Maps doesn’t indicate a 1801 Clark Road anywhere in Pennsylvania.

  62. Spoom  |   Posted on Jun 13th, 2008 0

    From Wikipedia:

    The movie is inspired by an event from the director Bryan Bertino’s childhood, among other things.[citation needed] A stranger came to his home asking for someone who did not live there. Later, he found out that empty homes in the neighborhood had been burglarized.[citation needed] With that memory in mind, Bertino created this screenplay.[citation needed]

    The screenplay is also inspired by the events of the Charles Manson murders.[citation needed] The core of the story is based[citation needed] on the murders that took place in Cabin #28 at Keddie Resort, in the remote township of Keddie, CA, where three people were found tied up, stabbed, bludgeoned by a hammer. (A fourth victim who had been with the group was found some months later, the body dumped 90 miles away.)[1]

  63. cristy bets  |   Posted on Jun 16th, 2008 0

    ANYONE EVER LOOK AT 1801 WEST CLARK ROAD IN CLARKSVILLE, AR???…

  64. Justin  |   Posted on Jun 27th, 2008 0

    Michigan is WAY OFF. If you are going off of purely what was shown in the movie there are 2 major things that you need to notice.
    1) If you look at what they are wearing and look at the roof of the house as well as many other things, you will notice there is no snow. also the couple is wearing light winter outfits. Simple jacket and pants. In Michigan, you would be in full snow clothes on Feb. 11th. You would have to be in the south like La, or Tx to make their outfits reality.
    2)Notice the landscaping. All around the house in the movie there are Pine Trees. Pines are found primarily around southern Texas near houston and in the Louisiana areas. They require lots of rain, hot temps and high humid air.

    Unfortunately, you cannot find teh location for this souly off of the address and names given. I gaurantee this would information would be held confidential in respect for the families.

    I would guestimate that the original killers are watching the movie and critiquing it heavily.

  65. hira  |   Posted on Jul 2nd, 2008 0

    well its a BIG TIME copy of the vacancy the one with Luke Wilson and kate bekinsale a married couple who are also very cold with each other cuz of their sons death
    end up in this shack motel and 3 ppl try to kill them and the room is already set up with the killers hidden in there and it starts with hard knocks on doors and windows and their car and cell phones not working

  66. Horrorfreak  |   Posted on Jul 2nd, 2008 0

    Well, I took my husband to see the movie for his birthday and it really freaked me out. I am a California native who recently moved to Texas and that story really screwed with me because we live in a wooded area. Now i’m no chicken I love anything horror and I haven’t been rattled jby a movie since the original TX chainsaw massacre and i am an aficiando of serial killers and the criminal mind and find myself fascinated by all things horror, but I will offer this on tidbit…. I did some research of my own and Blubell ice cream which is featured in the movie is not sold in Michigan. I personally believe the story is fabricated for the most part because the “dead don’t tell tells” as my grandma would say. But I will tell you that a rusty old Ford pickup is the fave vehicle of a lot a people out here and there is a lot of seclusion if someone did attempt something like that, and in the movie the two boys on the bike passing out Christian literature is a constant sight in my neighborhood. So my bet is on Texas.

  67. alaina  |   Posted on Jul 22nd, 2008 0

    i tink that this true because in the movie they say that they dont know what happen for shure so how can we tell.and at the end of the movie it shows that the girl was alive so she could still be out ther some were because it happend in 2005 so who nows the real truth about what happend that day know one knows but the girl and the stangers so who to say it not true. think about that

  68. Criss  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2008 0

    well… texas chainsaw massacre was said to be based on a true story, but it was only based on a murderer… forgot his name and too lazy to check… but, if you google it, you’ll find the name… so, even if it was based on a true story, it could only be LOOSELY based on it.

  69. anonymous  |   Posted on Aug 10th, 2008 0

    OKAY HERE IT IS………
    Yes there is a million adresses, but none seem to be right.
    Yes it does seem a lot like all the murders you talk about.
    STOP looking for this house that you see in the movie, it’s a set.
    STOP looking for anything, because if it were a true story it would have told us “Bases on a true story”, but no this said “Based on true EVENTS”.
    Everyone stop posting saying that you always new this story was untrue, because you were curious enough to look it up. Also everyone has there own opion to this movie, personally I think the writer did bass some of it on true events, but all in all it’s not a true story.
    Oh and if the murders got away in the end and both people dies, hot do they know what happened?! Dosn’t make sense!

  70. scar-let  |   Posted on Aug 13th, 2008 0

    yes thats true.
    from a little research [since i was so interested]
    i found out that ‘leatherface’ came about from a man named ed gein. He murdered about 3 people and mainly grave robbed. He was a strict catholic since his mother was, and he wanted to be a woman because of the power they have over men [the power his mother had over his father]
    so he used the parts he robbed from graves and made a suit of female genitals, breasts and all so he could fulfill his desire to be a woman.

    ‘buffalo bill’ was also loosely based on ed gein.

  71. zouzi  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2008 0

    Yep Agree with Bruce, BEWARE of Hollywood, I digged a little and this what I found :

    http://celebgalz.com/hoyt-family-murders-2005/

  72. hey i just looked up this stuff and i live near where this movie is based on and it is in california. NORTHERN california and google maps is wrong it was near a town called chester. but ya its all moutains up here and its very gloomy. norcal has unperdictable weather.

  73. scarryharry23  |   Posted on Oct 22nd, 2008 0

    Filmed in SC read the credits. No New York plates in this movie.

  74. Tower4DCHS  |   Posted on Oct 24th, 2008 0

    This article I found is straingly like the movie. There were three people asking for a non existant person, they broke in a patio door, the woman hid in the bathroom and came out when no noise was apparent…i mean it seems really similar.

    http://countypress.com/stories/102208/loc_20081022111.shtml

  75. Bonnie  |   Posted on Oct 25th, 2008 0

    That website is false I checked my town and it claimed we had no murders and I know we had one in 04

  76. Bonnie  |   Posted on Oct 25th, 2008 0

    That website is false I checked my town and it claimed we had no murders and I know we had one in 04

  77. Richelle Kellen  |   Posted on Nov 3rd, 2008 0

    This address is the home of the director, he lived on clark street growing up as a kid and used this address for the movies. He picked those names but there was no hoyt murders. The movie was based on his interpretation of the manson slayings and the keddie murders in northern calif. He found it amusing that there is so much buzz on the web about clark street murders which never happened. He made the names up for the movie and the names changed before the final release. This move was filmed in south carolina.

  78. JOCELYN WINTERS  |   Posted on Nov 5th, 2008 0

    Gabe-
    Ever checked into the newspaper archives for whichever town? That is an idea. Since seeing the movie I am hooked on finding some information (even though I probably never will).

  79. rusty shakleford  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2008 0

    It seems that James Hoyt and Kristen McKay existed but their records have been deleted away from the internet. The Hoyt family did not want publicity into the murders so they paid for a service called a scrub. The scrub scubbed away and cleaned up the internet references to James Hoyt and the Hoyt murders. Kristen McKay?s name and references were also removed. The Hoyt family was approached for their rights to the story but they refused to sell out and went the other way.

    The Hoyt family?s vacation home at 1801 Clark Road was demolished and totally flattened. The site is bare and is made into an empty space and part of a park.

    There is a Clark Road in Clarksville, Arkansas. But ?

    An internet search turned up many roads in USA with that address. There are more than 10 maps.

    All traces of the Hoyt murders were removed. It was as if the murders on Feb. 11, 2005 never happened.

    The present search results on James Hoyt and Kristen McKay referred to the new data on the movie, The Strangers. There is no data on the deceased victims.

    The movie was inspired by some incidents but it did not depict real murders. ?The Strangers? was linked to the Manson murders, the Keddie Murders, the Hoyt family murders but the scriptwriter did not use an actual single story to write ?The Strangers.?

  80. Lady Ryder  |   Posted on Nov 22nd, 2008 0

    I believe that something like this may have happend at some time. I however, dont believe it was in 2005. The world would have heard about it regaurdless of what kind of privacy the family wanted. I live in California and seen on the news about a murder (not grusome) that happend in Texas im pretty sure something like this would not be forgotten in 3 years. And for everyone call people dumb and stupid, no one does know what happend, if it happend, when or where. There is only theories about what took place. People are going to believe what they want no matter who says what. Anyway, it was a good movie and if it were a true story I truely would not ever want to go through something like that.

  81. Lady Ryder  |   Posted on Nov 22nd, 2008 0

    Oh one more thing. Im not trying to knock anyones research but the website WIKIPEDIA is just like the comments made on here. Anyone can go on there and write anything they wanted. I can go on there and write that the murders took place at my house. One of my college professors wrote a wrong theory about a topic and it took the website 3 months to take it off. Just a note to say dont believe everything you read.

  82. Haneefah Rasool  |   Posted on Nov 30th, 2008 +1

    GET A LIFE AND KEEP YA DOORS LOCKED AND PRAY THE SHIT NEVER HAPPENS TO YOU.

  83. Nicole  |   Posted on Dec 15th, 2008 0

    I just read an interview from byron bertino on http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=6242 this is pulled straight from the interview “Shock: And what ultimately is this based on? I recall you saying at one time that you cobbled together various events, right?
    Bertino: Yeah, that’s the thing. To me, what it ended up being is that I wanted to tell the story of the victims. When I was a kid, I read Helter Skelter. I went off to this small town to stay with my grandmother and my dad – I have no idea why – said, ‘Hey, do you want to read a book while you’re gone?’ And he gives me Helter Skelter which is definitely big boy reading. Even now, what grabs me, even now, is that it’s not the section about who Charles Manson or what was going on with the family. I was thinking about the Tate murders and realizing that these detailed descriptions had painted a story of what it was like in the house with the victims. But none of the victims knew about the Manson family or why it was happening to them. So, I got really fascinated with telling the victims’ tale. And not filling it in with an FBI profile and not filling it in with finding out that somebody’s grandmother beat them and now they want to kill everybody. You read obituaries every day where someone is killed for a random reason. Yes, we may eventually find out why, but sometimes they don’t. With 1801 Clark Road, people can look at that and say, ‘Where is that address?’ But the reality of it is, that’s the address I grew up in. I just picked that address because I wanted to ground the film in as much reality as possible. As a writer, there wasn’t anything I wanted James to do that I felt that I could do. There was no amount of bravery. I tried to do a gut check. When we made the movie, Scott tried to do a gut check. Just how brave would I be? I didn’t want this movie to be about what would you wish you would do as much as what would you do?”
    The actual names and people and dates did not actually happen he just wanted to tell a horror story according to the victim’s

  84. CICI  |   Posted on May 4th, 2009 0

    I FOUND ONE MORE ADDRESS THAT IS ON THE MAP BUT YOU REALLY CAN’T FIND IT MOST OF THE TIME 1801 CLARK ROAD, SOUTH CAROLINA EDISTO ISLAND I BELIEVE THIS ONE MIGHT BE THE PLACE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS THE ONLY HOUSE WHICH IS TORN DOWN ! !!

  85. trisha laws  |   Posted on May 21st, 2009 0

    Reading all these posts are so interesting. I watched the strangers and found it to be one of the most well no actually the most terrifying movie that Ive ever watched and Ive watched them all. I was terriffied. I thought about it when I tried to sleep and every night that I was alone,I live in a very remote area where there is no traffic or neighbors. Ive always been intrigued by these sorts of things though. I wanted to know more like everyone else and unlike everyone else Im not goin to try to act like that I know what happened or what this movie was based on. Because I dont know anymore than what everyone else does cause all anyone else knows its whats on line just like me. I dont know if something really happened on Feb 11 2005 but if it did Im sick for those people that it happened to. We as normal humans cannot fathom what it would be like to be subjeced to such horror! Yes weve all been scared but theres a difference in being spooked and having your mind torchured with constant terror only to be brutally killed slowly. For some sick reason we as human beings want to know about it know every detail. I admit it Ive been stuck on this ever since Ive seen the movie. I came across the Keddie murders looking stuff up and I am consumed by it Ive even bought the documentary. Anyway the bottom line is we dont know where the story came from or if there really was someone killed on Feb 11 2005 but if there was I hope that their souls find peace and Im so sorry for the tragedy that they endured as I am with the Sharp family of the keddie murders. Whether its true or not its obviously taken a serious tole on alot of peoples minds and has left everyone with alot of questions and I think the movie was OUTSTANDING!!!!!!

  86. Misiki  |   Posted on Jun 4th, 2009 0

    Ok, everyone should just drop it, It’s a good movie and lots of people liked it. Thats just the way Hollywood works, so, don’t deminish the movie because they said based on “True Events” and btw, when I googled up the address and the date, it didn’t come up with Yahoo Message Boards. Leave things the way they should be left.

  87. iActuallyWatchedTheMovie  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2009 0

    Okay people, let’s get real here…
    If you’re gonna speculate about the events the movie are based upon, at least try starting with CORRECT FACTS!!!
    The woman (Liv Tyler’s character) is NOT BARBARA HOYT! Her name is given at the VERY BEGINNING OF THE MOVIE!!!
    Ahem: (copied from the movie’s introduction)
    “On the night of February 11, 2005, KRISTEN MCKAY and James Hoyt left a friend’s wedding reception and returned to the Hoyt family’s summer home.”

    It says right there: KRISTEN MCKAY, not Barbara Hoyt. She wasn’t his wife yet, he was going to propose to her that night, hence the ring she found in the little black box on the table while he was gone to get her cigarettes.

    I really hope I’m not the only person in this country that pays attention to details… otherwise this country’s really FUBAR…

  88. iActuallyWatchedTheMovie  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2009 0

    Okay people, let’s get real here…
    If you’re gonna speculate about the events the movie are based upon, at least try starting with CORRECT FACTS!!!
    The woman (Liv Tyler’s character) is NOT BARBARA HOYT! Her name is given at the VERY BEGINNING OF THE MOVIE!!!
    Ahem: (copied from the movie’s introduction)
    “On the night of February 11, 2005, KRISTEN MCKAY and James Hoyt left a friend’s wedding reception and returned to the Hoyt family’s summer home.”

    It says right there: KRISTEN MCKAY, not Barbara Hoyt. She wasn’t his wife yet, he was going to propose to her that night, hence the ring she found in the little black box on the table while he was gone to get her cigarettes.

    Also, for the one who said it took place in South Carolina as per stated on IMDB: WRONG!!!
    It was FILMED in South Carolina, not took place there… DUH! Look again on IMDB!

    I really hope I’m not the only person in this country that pays attention to details… otherwise this country’s really FUBAR…

  89. ok you really do have too much time on your hands.. but anyway the hoyt and mckay families paid to have the records erased from the net so you will not find anything if you never leave your computer (as you demonstrated that you dont) and they had the house demolished and the address removed so you WILL NOT FIND IT on google maps douche bag. leave the computer and do more research by actually leaving the house. P.S. the way to get out of your house is the big rectangle at the front of your house.

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