The Strangers: Prey at Night
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Inspired by the 2008 classic The Strangers.
I gotta say, ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ was pretty darn creepy. I liked this sequel, it’s extremely entertaining, but I have to admit that I liked the first one better. That’s always the case though, isn’t it? Not many sequels ever manage to compare to the first. That being said, I think you will still enjoy this one for what it is. As long as you’re not one of those critics that tend to dissect every little thing in a film to pieces, mainly just to be doing it. I see that a lot you know. This one, however, seemed to have just enough suspense to keep you interested. It also has plenty of jump-scares…maybe a tad ‘too’ many? I don’t know, I’ll let you be your own judge on that part, but personally, I tend to start getting a little annoyed when they start coming in almost back to back. Well, maybe not that bad but yeah, it’s noticeable.
So what would you do in this situation? You and your family are taking a little road trip with your two teenaged kids. It’s not really one of those happy family outings, it’s more like you’re headed to a boarding school to drop your teen girl off so that they can hopefully give her a good attitude adjustment. Either way, you pull into the deserted trailer park that is owned by the wife’s uncle to spend the night before traveling on to the school. you’re told that the park is seasonal and will be closed, meaning no one should be there, and you’re free to spend the night. But it’s not long before you meet up with the iconic masked threesome and things start to become much more terrifying, especially since the killings starts happening right away it seemed. I know what I would and wouldn’t do. I wouldn’t have stayed there with my family if our lives depended on it. Oh, I guess they did.
In Strangers, it’s a cat and mouse chase as the family runs around from trailer to trailer in an attempt to just stay alive, so it’s basically the family against the Strangers throughout the entire movie…with no one around to hear anyone scream. Dollface is the first one they meet up with, as she shows up on their doorstep asking if Tamara is home and quickly gets turned away by the mom. Meanwhile, teen brother and sister are poking around the campgrounds when they come across a trailer that has its door standing wide open. Curious and cautiously they enter only to discover the now-dead bodies of their aunt and uncle, the owners of the campgrounds, who has been brutally murdered.
Back at the family trailer, Dollface has shown up once again and is once more turned away. The parents by this time are extremely creeped out and swinging closer towards their panic mode button as they decide to go out and find the kids. Soon they run into the teens and finds that they are both screaming hysterically while trying to tell their parents what they found. The father, following his son also discovers the bodies. The mom and daughter have already made their way back to the family trailer to find not only their cell phones all smashed to pieces, but an unnerving Dollface standing right in the middle of everything. The mom quickly tries to get her daughter out of harm’s way and is unfortunately stabbed to death.
I’m going to close right here because any more will be nothing but spoilers. From this point on it’s mainly the family being chased around the trailer park, while making some pretty terrible and illogical choices. They have to find a way to be more clever than the intruders so they can live another day. There’s a good bit of torture and blood involved in this one, so if you don’t mind that, then you’ll be fine. All of the characters are well played, the overall mood and atmosphere are perfectly set to give you that terrifying feeling, and the music somehow…just fits. I’m not sure how, I mean, it’s straight out of the ’80s. Who wouldn’t love that though, right? Although this installment is less grim than the original film, you should very much find it capable of standing on its own. It’s definitely worth a watch. Who knows, you might even love it!
Title: The Strangers: Prey at Night
Release Date: March 9, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Suspense
Studio: Universal Pictures
Starring: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison
MPAA Rated: R
Directors: Johannes Roberts
Reviewed by: Dr. Butcher
Our Rating: 3.4 /5
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