An Average Movie-Goer’s Review
No spoilers! If you would like spoilers – check out the Spoiler post
I love horror movies and if I’m going to watch them anyway, why not write an entertaining/funny review from the POV of an average movie-goer and not a professional critic.
Today we’re looking at 2018’s The Strangers: Prey at Night
Sometimes just called The Strangers 2, The Strangers: Prey at Night is obviously a sequel to The Strangers, one of my first reviews! You can read that here.
During a stop on a road trip, a family of four is stalked by a trio of serial killers at an isolated trailer park and must fight back in the dead of night to survive.
Is it Scary?
There are some extremely effective jump scares in The Strangers: Prey at Night but they are few and far between. Unfortunately the film is also not as scary or suspenseful as the original but that doesn’t mean the movie is a bad choice for a horror movie watch. But, if you’re staying at an isolated trailer park home, you’ll definitely be a bit terrified.
Where the original was a suspenseful slow burn, The Strangers: Prey at Night feels fast pace and almost action-y. You would think this would ruin the established serial killer’s motif but it actually works really well. The killers still stalk their prey and randomly show up with almost teleport-like powers but their antics are a bit bigger.
Director Johannes Roberts also does a good job getting and setting up some great shots/visuals. There’s one specific sequence that is definitely one of my favorite action-y suspenseful scenes that I’ve seen in awhile… horror movie-wise.
Now is it a perfect movie? Nah, the acting/dialogue is a bit over the top at times, the killers appear to teleport around, and characters make some dumb decisions. None of this ruins the movie but it’s also something you definitely notice.
Either way The Stranger: Prey at Night is a definite recommend in my book if you’re looking for a slasher that feels like a throwback to the 80’s slashers with a bit more action.
Also, I promise I didn’t do this on purpose, but this is the 3rd Johannes Roberts film I’ve reviewed. You can read those reviews here, 47 Meters Down No Spoiler Review, and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City No Spoiler Review.