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Review: ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ Descends into Revenge Thriller Territor

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Review: 'The Strangers: Prey at Night' Descends into Revenge Thriller Territor

One of the worst things a sequel can do is tread the same ground as its predecessor without offering anything new. The Devil’s Rejects avoided this by completely changing the genre. The sequel to 2008’s The Strangers takes the Hellraiser II approach of giving fans what they liked about the first one while expanding on and wrapping up the characters nicely.

The movie follows a family who stay overnight in an empty trailer park. Soon they are hunted by three masked killers. It is made clear that they are just ordinary people who are committing these acts for the sake of it. This makes the violence seem shockingly needless.

This has all been seen before in the original. The film does take an interesting turn towards the end when it descends into revenge thriller territory.

The Strangers Prey at Night Van Fire

There are references to classic 80’s movies throughout, especially the work of John Carpenter. The score owes a lot to The Fog, almost to the point of ripping it off. Despite these references giving the movie a great aesthetic it does get a bit too derivative without being original enough itself.

There are some interesting choices, especially in terms of sound design. Power ballads play throughout much of the carnage in a way that elevates some sequences above the generic majority of the running time.

Overall the movie is a poorly paced and tension free 80’s nostalgia fest that is inferior to the original. Up until the final 20 minutes it is relatively boring. If you like the first one but want a more cathartic conclusion then it is worth checking out. It also makes for a great drinking game if you take a sip every time one of the victims makes a stupid mistake.

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