Strangers: Prey at Night Teases Familiar Survival Horror Tone
Strangers: Prey at Night Film Details
Director: Johannes Roberts
Release Date: March 9, 2018
Release Format: Cinemas
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated
Running Time: TBA
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some 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. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.
Bryan Bertino directed and penned one outstanding film in The Strangers, released in 2008. This film is one of the sharpest examples in the home invasion film genre. In March 2018 a sequel will drop, finally. Talk about waiting with anticipation, I have as most, were yearning to see further mayhem committed by the sadistic antagonists. In my viewpoint, Pin-up Girl, Doll Face and Man in The Mask are the personifications of fear. The homicidal trio makes their long-awaited return in The Strangers: Prey at Night.
The trailer dropped on YouTube (embedded above) two hours ago. Here are our first impressions
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Unlike the initial film, The Strangers now have an emblem. A bloody smiley face superimposed on the screen serves as opening footage. I imagine this is a marketing tactic to increase sales, merchandising and branding. Someone should alert The Watchmen about this copyright violation. Unlike other serial killers in horror cinema, The Strangers heads into the commercialized sector. These are new times we are living in.
In the next scene, actress Bailee Madison portrays her character, locked inside a law enforcement vehicle. She struggles to turn on the ignition but to no avail. IMDb is no aid this time around, Madison’s role remains undisclosed in the movie database. Twelve (12) seconds pass and tension builds within the fading time. The young woman’s breathing is heavy, she holds back tears while turning the key to the obvious deceased vehicle.
The progression is clever and I applaud this climatic build and final reveal. A derelict pickup truck parallels the police vehicle at a leisurely pace. Once the victim finds herself face to face with her tormentor, it sets up an epic “I’m so fucked” moment. In this scene, audiences will receive the first view at Man in The Mask. Cliché elements establish a cameo in this trailer.
For starters, Is The Strangers: Prey at Night based on true events. That correct, according to the advertisement in the trailer. Under what circumstances when with specifics did this occur? Provide data production team! I’ve never heard of a mask Killers sporting a marketable logo going on a destructive spree in suburbia America.
How many times must we look at antagonists dragging an ax across the floor? Are these violent characters not in shape to carry their weapon of choice? This shot is annoying and overdone since the seventies (70’s). Put it to rest, already.
Unlike the initial film, The Strangers: Prey at Night takes a page out of James DeMonaco‘s 2014 release. A group of innocent travelers becomes the aim for a team of deranged killers. From the footage, audiences will note this film to be a cat-and-mouse game across a desolate expanse. The Strangers: Prey at Night looks to remove the home invasion concept out of the equation. This is a survival horror.
The following is an excerpt from the press release DecayMag received;
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some 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.