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Movie Review – The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

The Strangers: Prey at Night, 2018.

Directed by Johannes Roberts.

Starring Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Martin Henderson, Lewis Pullman, Emma Bellomy, Damian Maffel and Lea Enslin.

Synopsis:

A family staying at a secluded trailer park during the off-season are pursued and attacked by a gang of masked intruders boasting an array of weapons and mysterious motives.

More than perhaps any other genre in Hollywood, horror movies have a tendency to eat themselves. The genre is packed with the originality of films like Get Out and It Follows, but it also trades heavily in sequels, remakes and reboots. It’s in that arena that we get The Strangers: Prey at Night, which manages to be a sequel, a remake and a reboot of the 2008 original movie all at once.

Original writer-director Bryan Bertino is back, but only on scripting duties alongside Ben Ketai, who made the surprisingly good claustrophobic horror Beneath a few years ago.
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‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ Review

Stars: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman, Emma Bellomy, Damian Maffei, Lea Enslin | Written by Bryan Bertino, Ben Ketai | Directed by Johannes Roberts

Loosely inspired by the Manson Family murders (that’s what it means when it says “Based on a true story”), creepy slasher flick The Strangers became a hit back in 2008, with its tale of three masked, mostly silent figures terrorising Liv Tyler and husband Scott Speedman. That film made $82m from a $9m budget, so it’s somewhat surprising that it’s taken ten years to get the inevitable sequel off the ground. Still, here it is, and while it doesn’t exactly improve on its predecessor, it’s still a perfectly serviceable slasher movie that does exactly what you expect, with a modicum of style to boot.

Directed by Johannes Roberts (who made last year’s low budget shark thriller 47 Metres Down), The Strangers: Prey at Night
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The Strangers: Prey At Night Coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital with Alternate Ending

If you missed the return of Dollface, Pin-Up Girl, and Man in the Mask in theaters, you can invite them into your own home on May 22nd with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment's digital release of The Strangers: Prey at Night (read Heather Wixson's review here), followed by a June release of an unrated Blu-ray and DVD (plus digital) that includes an alternate ending:

Press Release: Universal City, California, April 11, 2018 – Inspired by the 2008 cult classic The Strangers, The Strangers: Prey at Night is based on real events surrounding a family struggling to survive as they are attacked on their vacation by a trio of masked psychopaths that hunt their prey with seemingly no rhyme or reason. Director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) pays homage to The Strangers by bringing back the infamous masked villains -- Dollface, Pin-Up Girl and Man in the Mask -- and incorporates elements of the ‘80s
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Review: The Strangers: Prey At Night is a Worthy and Wickedly Fun Sequel

If you would have told me back when the sequel was first announced that The Strangers: Prey at Night could potentially end up as one of my favorite films of 2018, I would have told you that you were completely off your rocker. And yet, here we are, with Johannes Roberts’ sequel defying all of my (admittedly low, but more on that later) expectations to deliver a more than worthy sequel to Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers that captures the unsettling nature of the original, and yet puts in some extra effort that makes Prey at Night still feel like it’s doing its own thing at the same time. As far as modern slashers go, Roberts has confidently crafted one wickedly fun thrill ride that reminds us that it is never wise to answer your door for unknown visitors, especially late at night.

The Strangers: Prey at Night starts off
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The Strangers: Prey At Night Review

If there’s one thing Johannes Roberts’ pre-screening introduction confirmed before The Strangers: Prey At Night, it’s that he *obsessively* respects the profoundness of John Carpenter’s genre contributions – to the point where the pic is a stalkerish mixtape of all the filmmaker’s favorite bits.

Subtle hints Hammer-to-the-head homages evoke Halloween’s “The Shape,” roll with The Fog and grind Christine’s gears in an atmospherically overt love-letter to Carpenter that Roberts signs in blood. Dash in a bit of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for flavor and you wonder what individuality this Strangers “offshoot” presents – until Roberts’ execution pushes such thoughts out of your mind. He may be riffing off recognizable horrors staples, but the director’s devotion to royalty is vicious and respectfully realized. Right down to a score you’d believe Carpenter recorded himself.

Screenwriter Ben Ketai (who rewrote Bryan Bertino’s existing script) introduces
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‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ Film Review: Slasher Sequel Is Half a Good Horror Movie

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‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ Film Review: Slasher Sequel Is Half a Good Horror Movie
Writer-director Bryan Bertino’s thriller “The Strangers” premiered in 2008, and it has taken 10 years to get this sequel, subtitled “Prey at Night,” on screen. Bertino is a co-writer this time (with Ben Ketai) for director Johannes Roberts (“47 Meters Down”), who starts out this second film rather slowly but eventually takes some advantage of his opportunity here. The first film had Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman terrorized by masked assailants at an isolated summer home in the country, and Bertino highlighted the randomness of their ordeal. (He has said that he was inspired by coverage of the Manson Family...
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‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ Review: A Lean, Mean Sort-Of Sequel That Was Worth the Wait

‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ Review: A Lean, Mean Sort-Of Sequel That Was Worth the Wait
There’s a scene in Bryan Bertino’s film “The Strangers” that handily encapsulates the film’s nervy brand of terror, one so good and simple that it served as the film’s poster image when the 2008 feature first hit theaters: it’s Liv Tyler, standing alone in her kitchen, looking out into what seems to be — what should be — an empty house. Behind her, a masked figure lurks, half-hidden in shadows and entirely unknown to Tyler’s character. When the scene unspools in the film, it’s a jolt of pure terror, with the masked man sliding into frame, then slowly moving out of it. Tyler’s Kristen McKay is none the wiser, and that the scene doesn’t lead to an instant slash of bloody violence is mostly incidental.

There will be violence later, plenty of it, but it’s the dread of it all, the senselessness of the criminals,
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The Strangers Sequel Claims to Be Based on a True Story, but Is It?

What makes a horror film even more chilling? Being told that it actually happened - or at least that it was inspired by true events. Just reading those words in a scary movie trailer sends chills down our spines. Maybe that's why The Strangers was such a massive success (or maybe it's because it was just plain scary). A new sequel is out this year, and it's also claiming to be based on a true story. In 2008, The Strangers was released, and it centered on a family who was tortured at their home for no reason other than they happened to be there. The first film was inspired by a childhood event that made director Bryan Bertino's mind wander, but the events depicted absolutely did not take place. Rather, he recalled burglars wandering his neighborhood looking for homes that weren't inhabited. Ten years later, The Strangers: Prey at Night is being released.
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This Strangers: Prey at Night "Pool Fight" Clip Brings More Action to the Screen

The Strangers: Prey at Night is set for a March theatrical release. It has been 10 years since director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) released the first film. Both films have been influenced by the Charles Manson murders in 1969 and by some of Roberts' own personal experiences. Several recognizable villains return in this follow-up, including a dollfaced killer and a bag masked murderer. Strangers: Prey at Night stars: Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men"), Bailee Madison and Martin Henderson. A new "Pool Fight" clip has been released and it can be found here. The latest film takes place in a mobile home park. Here, a family is settling into their new place. But, a trio of weirdos continue to prowl the lot. When their neighbours turn up missing, the family knows something is wrong. Is it too late to escape? Strangers: Prey at Night will have a March 9th theatrical launch, in the United States and Canada.
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Chaos Ensues In This All-New Clip For The Strangers: Prey At Night

Entertainment Tonight (h/t Bloody Disgusting) has today unleashed some new footage for long-in-development sequel, The Strangers: Prey at Night, and it’s enough to strike fear in even the toughest of horror aficionados.

As the title suggests, it’s the much-anticipated continuation of Bryan Bertino’s cult favorite – a continuation 10 years in the making – and it once again chronicles the collective killing spree conducted by everyone’s favorite strangers: Dollface, Pin-up Girl and the Man in the Mask.

On paper, they sound like the worst superhero team in the history of superhero teams, but don’t let the frivolous nicknames fool you; together, The Strangers form the deadliest lineup in the land, and Et’s eerie clip is not for the faint of heart. Granted, it’s more concerned with Prey at Night‘s leading family – a family made up of Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) et. al – as they
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The Terror author’s dystopian novel Flashback in development as TV series

With an adaptation of his novel The Terror set to premiere on AMC next month, Deadline is reporting that another of author Dan Simmons’ books is heading to the small screen.

StartUp creator Ben Ketai is in development on a TV adaptation of the dystopian novel Flashback, which “takes place in a day-after-tomorrow Los Angeles with a society unmoored by the hyper-addictive drug ‘Flashback.’ A former police detective is offered as much of the drug as he wants…if he uses it to solve a long forgotten murder, one that could reveal the truth of where this drug really came from. And why.”

Ketai is writing the series, as well as executive producing with Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari and Shannon Gaulding and Critical Content’s Tom Forman and Ray Ricord.

The Terror will premiere on AMC in the Us on Monday March 26th 2018 and on AMC on BT TV
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Dan Simmons’ ‘Flashback’ Novel Getting TV Series Adaptation By ‘StartUp’ Team

StartUp creator Ben Ketai has teamed with the companies behind the Crackle tech drama, Critical Content and Hollywood Gang, to develop and produce a TV series based on The Terror author Dan Simmons' dystopian novel Flashback. The deal indicates that the reality-focused Critical Content, which just underwent a reorganization, reducing its full-time staff by approximately 35% as it seeks growth opportunities, intends to keep a presence in the scripted world. Flashback takes…
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Dollface Comes Knocking In Latest Pic For The Strangers: Prey At Night

Dollface, Pin-up Girl and the Man in the Mask.

On paper, they sound like the worst superhero team in the history of superhero teams, but don’t let the frivolous nicknames fool you; together, The Strangers form the deadliest lineup in the land, and Bloody Disgusting had today revealed an exclusive close-up of Dollface.

Emma Bellomy has been cast in the role for The Strangers: Prey at Night, Johannes Roberts’ (47 Meters Down) horror sequel 10 years in the making. She’ll be flanked by The Walking Dead‘s Lea Enslin and Damian Maffei (Christmas with the Dead, Ghost Lake), who have agreed to play Pin-up Girl and the Man in the Mask, respectively, Prey at Night‘s other two psychopaths.

And make no mistake, they really are psychopaths. With only six weeks to go until release, and after Thursday’s horror showcase, Bloody Disgusting has doubled down on Pin-up Girl, who
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The Strangers: Prey At Night Secures R-Rating

It’s official: The Strangers: Prey at Night has received an R-rating this week from the MPAA for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language.” Not that this should surprise anyone, mind you, given the content of the film and the fact that the original was also rated R, but it is nice to hear nonetheless. After all, in an age where so many horror movies are watered down for mass consumption, it’s exciting to see that they won’t be holding back here.

Set for a release on March 9th, this new effort will act as a soft reboot for the series, given that it’s made room for Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman and Martin Henderson, who play a family on a road trip. Unfortunately, though, things don’t go so well for them, as three dangerous psychos – Emma Bellomy as Dollface, Lea Enslin as
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Strangers: Prey at Night Trailer #2 Brings Masked Maniacs Out of Hiding

The masked killers are back in a brand new trailer for Strangers: Prey at Night. The original Strangers was released nearly a decade ago and, despite being a financial success, never managed to get a sequel going. That all changes very soon, as The Strangers 2 is coming our way on March 9, 2018. Now, Aviron Pictures has released a brand new, full-length trailer for the horror sequel that doubles down on the tension.

This new trailer for The Strangers: Prey At Night is probably everything that fans of the original could hope for. It keeps the premise familiar enough, with three very unsettling murderers wearing masks terrorizing an unsuspecting group of people. Yet, this time, it's an entire family in a very different setting at a secluded trailer park. As for the footage itself? It's pretty slick and incredibly intense. There's a creaky swing set, which is always a sign of bad
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The Strangers: Prey At Night Debuts Chilling Second Trailer

“Never underestimate the kindness of strangers.”

It’s going on 10 years since the arrival of Bryan Bertino’s cult horror hit, The Strangers, but in only a few weeks’ time, those masked hoodlums – better known as Dollface, Pin-Up Girl and the Man in the Mask – will return to haunt our dreams.

That’s right, The Strangers: Prey At Night is now beginning to rear its big, ugly head over the horizon, and in a last-ditch attempt to drum up excitement, Fandango has today premiered the sequel’s chilling second trailer. It’s a little longer than the first (122 seconds over the original, 60-second preview), so if you’re wanting to preserve every ounce of tension – don’t forget about the jump scares, either! – until March 9th, perhaps it’s best to skip this one for the time being?

Granted, it’s fairly light on story details, as we see Christina Hendricks
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The Strangers: Prey at Night Brings More Masked Terror in these Two Stills

Tagline: "Let Us Prey." A couple of new stills have been released for the second The Strangers film. The first film released in 2008. The Strangers: Prey at Night, which has been influenced by the first film, is set for a March theatrical release. The two stills show more characters, one played by Christina Hendricks and the other by Bailee Madison. A masked villain turns up, while more terror lays just around the corner. As well, a second poster has been released and it can be found here. Bryan Bertino wrote and directed the first film, based on some of his real life experiences. In this second film, Bertino has written the script, with Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) directing. The Strangers: Prey at Night does look like a decent chiller, with more details coming soon as the film reaches its March 9th release date. Release Date: March 9th, 2018 (Theatrical). Director: Johannes Roberts.
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Someone’s At The Door In New Strangers: Prey At Night Photo

Halloween is but a distant memory now that all the major studios have released their delicious horror treats for 2017 (see: Jigsaw, Leatherface, Cult of Chucky), but if you’re still looking for more scares, don’t worry, as Aviron Pictures has another trick up its sleeve in time for the New Year.

After grabbing distribution rights to the horror sequel, one which comes courtesy of director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down), Aviron has today premiered a brand new photo from The Strangers: Prey At Night – which can be seen in the gallery down below along with the one from last month as well as a couple of posters. With no context given for the pic, we can only assume that Christina Hendricks is opening her door for what we presume are the titular killers.

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Psychopaths Unite in Creepy Strangers 2: Prey at Night Poster

Aviron Pictures has released the brand new official poster for Strangers: Prey at Night, starring Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman, hitting theaters March 9, 2018. Horror fans can also follow The Strangers on Instagram for some creepy holiday fun with daily advent calendar postings, celebrating #25DaysOfPreyer! For those who have missed the first 13 days, you can take a look at those brief videos below the new poster.

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, which earned $52.5 million domestic and $82.3 million worldwide. While those numbers don't sound all too incredible, the film
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The Strangers: Prey At Night Gets A Terrifying New Poster

Halloween is but a distant memory now that Hollywood’s major studios have released their themed horror treats for 2017 (see: Jigsaw, Leatherface, Cult of Chucky), but don’t worry, as Aviron Pictures has another trick up its sleeve in time for the New Year.

After landing distribution rights to the horror sequel, one which is arriving courtesy of director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down), Aviron has today premiered a blood-curdling new poster for The Strangers: Prey At Night – which can be seen in the gallery down below along with the one from last month.

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Set to arrive a full 10 years after Bryan Bertino’s original cult hit, this new effort has been championed as a soft reboot for the horror series, given that it’s opened its doors to Christina Hendricks,
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