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The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

R | | Horror | 9 March 2018 (USA)
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A family of four staying at a secluded mobile home park for the night are stalked and then hunted by three masked psychopaths.

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Complete credited cast:
Christina Hendricks ... Cindy
Martin Henderson ... Mike
Bailee Madison ... Kinsey
Lewis Pullman ... Luke
Damian Maffei ... Man in the Mask
Emma Bellomy ... Dollface
Lea Enslin ... Pinup
Mary Louise Casanta Mary Louise Casanta ... Aunt Sheryl
Ken Strunk ... Uncle Marv
Rachel Kuhn Rachel Kuhn ... Waitress
Leah Roberts ... Young Mother
Preston Sadleir ... State Trooper
Gabriel A. Byrne Gabriel A. Byrne ... Young Son
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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. Written by Aviron Pictures

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Let us prey. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and terror throughout, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Strangers: Part 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,402,271, 11 March 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,431,472, 24 May 2018
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Before the script was re-written, Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) from the first film was going to return for only for the opening scene, where she would be killed. See more »

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During the shot when the trucks explodes from the gasoline, it is clear that "The Stranger" is not actually in the truck. The next shot has him back in the vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Luke: I killed one of yours! How's that feel, huh? How does that fucking feel?
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Alternate Versions

There is an Unrated Version that runs for 86 minutes on the U.S. Blu-ray which also contains an alternate ending as a bonus feature. See more »

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References Scream (1996) See more »

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Written & Performed by Emily Maguire
Licensed courtesy of Shaktu Records Ltd
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A Slightly Worse Than Average Slasher
11 March 2018 | by Jared_AndrewsSee all my reviews

With a movie like The Strangers Prey at Night, we know what we want as viewers. We want to see the creepy killers stalk and terrorize an innocent family. I know that sounds messed up, but it's just a movie, so this family isn't actually harmed. It's fine. Anyway, we want to witness this sort of messed thing because it's scary and creepy in a way that lingers.

What we don't care about in a movie like this is half-baked family drama. The daughter misbehaves a lot, so the parents are sending her to boarding school. Big whoop. Spare me the 15 minutes spent on this unnecessary plot line. Cut straight to the chase. And I mean that literally.

As a reasonable human being, I can sympathize with this family and root for them to survive without knowing about their drama. We all got problems. The back story, especially a weakly developed and acted one, is a waste of time. I might not have noticed the boring beginning if the rest thrilled me a bit more. When The Strangers start doing their thing, everything feels a bit tepid. I want more. Give me more terror. More struggle. More manipulation. The buildups felt dull then suddenly the action occurred and ended too quickly. The buildup wasn't executed well enough to evoke any agonizing suspense, and the action didn't last long enough to elicit true terror.

Instead, I felt slight discomfort, the way I do when I have a pebble in my shoe. In the amount of time it takes to stop, slip off the shoe and remove the pebble, the scary moment was over. It was too fast and too easy.

At other times, the movie fell prey (sorry) to cliché horror movie tropes. Characters said things like, "let's split up," "you stay here," and "who's there?" It's frustrating. For the most part, they flat out don't do smart things. A bit of advice: if killers chase you and you find a loaded gun, be sure to hold onto the gun. Also, use the gun.

Much of the movie thoroughly dissatisfied me. Then the family fought back. Oh, what a moment. At that point, real actual interesting action started happening. I allowed myself to root hard for the family because they were legitimately trying, instead of cowering and whimpering about how scared they are.

Side note: whimpering about how scared you are is both the most annoying and most understandable horror movie reaction. Actually, I just convinced myself to change my own mind. It's the second most annoying because it is so understandable. The two reactions that tie at the top for most annoying are asking the killer "why are you doing this?" and saying "please" to the killer. Don't be polite to the person trying to kill you. That's dumb.

There are too many things wrong with this movie for me to give it a strong recommendation. It's slightly worse than fine, as far as slashers go. So, take that for what it's worth.


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