Review: ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’


Mariana Cardoso, Reporter

     The Strangers: Prey at Night starts with the ‘80s rock classic “Kids in America” by Kim Wilde, due to the masked killers in the movie appearing young and the movie is based in America. This is the follow up to a 2008 film, The Strangers, an exercise in sadism that earn some respect from viewers.

     The movie follows an unhappy family of four with Christina Hendricks as the mom, Martin Henderson as the dad, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman as their teenage kids, to a trailer park for an overnight stay. It quickly turns into a slaughter when the masked killers arrive and a lot of arterial stab wounds after they show up.

     “It’s difficult to invest in what happens to any of them. Characters are all making cliche horror movie decisions, and there’s no amount of effective craftsmanship that can sell stupidity. I was too busy will be sighing to be scared,” said Savannah Theurer (‘20).

     The film was directed by Johannes Roberts and written by Ben Ketai. Roberts shamelessly lifts from several better horror movies. For example, one scene simultaneously cribs from the no-budget Southern cult film The Mutilator (1984) and the ultra-gory Italian shocker Zombie(1979).

     If any of those movies are recognizable, you might find yourself mildly diverted by this tawdry and occasionally effective shock-delivery device. The movie was rated R for masked rampaging killers and arterial stab wounds. The Strangers: Prey at Night is included in the Horror Genre and has a running time of one hour and twenty-five minutes.

     The Strangers: Prey at Night is like a 1980s throwback that has plenty of terror into its short running time. This isn’t a horror movie that will keep me up at night for weeks, but the sequel to the 2008 original The Strangers is nonetheless just as effective,” said Precious Lopez (‘20).

     Rogue Pictures announced the sequel to The Strangers was in development in August 2008, tentatively titled The Strangers: Part ll. However, it was reported that The Strangers: Part II was on hold because production decided to release in 2014, but that never occurred. In 2015, it was again reported that the sequel was back in motion and that Relativity Media and GK scheduled the film to be released on Dec. 2, 2016, though later removed from the schedule.

     In Oct. 2017, Collider reported the film release on March 9, 2018, by Aviron Pictures. The official trailer was debuted on Jan. 5 2018. Opening week The Strangers: Prey at Night was released at the same time as The Hurricane Heist, A Wrinkle in Time, Gringo, and was predicted to bring in around $7 million. The first day it made $4 million, including $610,000 from Thursday night previews. It went on to debut to $10.4 million which is half the first film’s $20.9 million opening, finishing third at the box office behind Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time.