Director: Johannes Roberts
Writer/s: Bryan Bertino, Ben Kentai
Starring: Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Martin Henderson, Lewis Pullman, Emma Bellomy, Damian Maffei, Lea Enslin, and more.
In 2008, a film came out that became an instant favorite of mine despite its mass disapproval from audiences and critics. The reason I loved this movie, you ask? Well I will tell ya. Instead of the typical paranormal and extravagant storylines, “The Strangers” and its villains had a realistic purposes to their terror… just because they wanted to. The film brings to life a fear that lives in a large number of the population and with that, it is genuinely terrifying. However, can the sequel, 10 years apart, be as powerful or does it even follow the same formula? Let us find out.
“A family staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night are visited by three masked psychopaths, to test their every limit.”
I can only back up a film so much when relying on only a terror factor. Yet when a film has only that going for it and then the characters or even the story lacks so much that you barely feel empathy for what one sees occurring in the film, it proves difficult to recognize a film as a good one. “The Strangers: Prey at Night” suffers from my statement here. While the first installment was a pure home invasion terror nightmare, the second installment runs full speed with that same terror factor but the film as a whole is far too boring. To top off a snore fest, the characters are barely a batch you want to root for. From cliche horror sayings to classic coincidental happenings, I sat in my auditorium rolling my eyes more often than being appreciative of the horror element the film was presenting.
A pretty short and sweet Oberrating. Appropriate for a film with only an hour and thirty minute run time. “The Strangers: Prey at Night” struggles to replicate the same kind of feeling that the first one did for me. It may have been the constant horror score they pushed through nearly every scene or it could have been the absolute eye sore of typical horror actions that the victims were pulling off. While the villains were solid and playfully terrifying similar to the first, it was no where near enough to have me back the film as a good one. I stand appreciative of the slasher feel of the film but maybe instead of waiting ten years to make a sequel, the studios should have allowed the film to stay at rest.