The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) is the long-awaited sequel to the excellent The Strangers (2008) from back in 2008. I call The Strangers: Prey at Night a sequel very lightly. The only details it shares is its name and the three masked strangers. Other than that, it is a very different film from the original. In The Strangers: Prey at Night, we find parents Cindy and Mike and their son Luke, traveling to drop-off their daughter and Mike's sister, Kinsey at a boarding school. On the way they decide to stop at their families, closed for the season, trailer park resort to get some sleep. Once they arrive though they find that they are being stocked and teased by "The Strangers."
I enjoyed this film. It is by no means a perfect movie, but it is a lot of fun. What surprised me most about the The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) is how much of an 80's throwback slasher film it is. Everything from the set pieces to the characters and most of all the soundtrack had strong elements of the '80s. There are plenty of moments in the film where the characters make some foolish decision, and it is a little slow to get going. But honestly, the negatives were eclipsed by some excellent scenes that are pure horror fun. I give The Strangers: Prey at Night a 7 out of 10.
The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) is out now on Digital and will arrive on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital combo pack this Tuesday, June 12th. The Blu-ray combo pack comes with some great bonus features including an excellent feature called "The Music of The Strangers: Prey at Night" where director Johannes Robert and star Bailee Madison discuss the John Carpenter-inspired score and the outstanding '80s soundtrack. The Blu-ray bonus features also include an alternate ending that I enjoyed. It isn't vastly different from the films original ending, but the alternate ending did leave me with more of a creepy feeling.
The Strangers: Prey at Night • Run time 1:25 • Rating R - for horror violence and terror throughout, and for language