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The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

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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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Based on true events. See more »

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Horror

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

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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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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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Members of the horror podcast Night of the Living Podcast can be seen sitting at a table in the background of the diner scene filmed at Fillmore's Dairy Hut. See more »

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After the first murder victims are discovered in the trailer, the son takes the father to the crime scene where the power appears to be cut - except for a telephone answering machine that reveals the identity of the victims. See more »

Quotes

Kinsey: Why are you doing this?
Dollface: Why not?
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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 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

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Stranger Place
Written & Performed by Emily Maguire
Licensed courtesy of Shaktu Records Ltd
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Frivolous slasher flick
9 March 2018 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

Ten years ago as an impressionable teenager, I saw "The Strangers" at a midnight showing with one of my best friends. To date, it stands as the most taut moviegoing experience of my life. After nearly a decade of production hell, the sequel-"The Strangers: Prey at Night" has finally come out of the woodwork. This followup has the same trio of villains pursuing victims in cat-and-mouse games, but this time it's an entire family staying at a deserted resort who are the target.

Perhaps I'm biased because I truly love the original film, but I found "Prey at Night" to be a significant letdown as a followup to Bryan Bertino's 2008 film, which was a masterful exercise in tension. I was skeptical of a sequel even being possible given how well Bertino exercised his formula in the first film-what else could really be done? "Prey at Night" essentially takes the formula of the first film, dresses it in de rigeur '80s style (complete with an exclusive '80s soundtrack), and amplifies the gore. It's mostly in good fun-but it's also completely devoid of suspense, tension, and unease.

There are a few sequences that are masterfully-executed-including a protracted sequence in a neon-lit swimming pool, and a mother-daughter attack in a trailer- but the in-between that stitches these better scenes together is repetitive and predictable, and the cinematography often gives the feel of a made-for-TV movie. The characters are also an issue in that they feel too much like stock characters; the lead being a chain-smoking bratty teenage girl running around in a Ramones t-shirt, followed by her likable brother, and two hip parents who are in the process of carting little-miss-trouble off to boarding school. In spite of the contrived characters, the acting is fairly good from all involved, including the actors portraying the three strangers.

There are a few moments of true tragedy and true catharsis in the film which are well-orchestrated, but I cannot help but compare "Prey at Night" to its predecessor. This sequel is a very different film that has its hits, but it frankly has more misses. As a frivolous run-of-the-mill slasher, it's rather enjoyable, but it lacks the emotional gravitas that made the first film so arresting and nerve-shredding. 5/10.


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