When their road trip takes a turn, a family arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay in a borrowed trailer for the night, until three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit.
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The belated sequel to the sleeper-hit from over a decade ago, "The Strangers: Prey at Night" essentially doubles down on its formula of murder "just because" and the disruption of domesticity. It's most effective when it's giving you something to remember, including a bizarrely entertaining synthpop score, a neon-lit pool scene with Bonnie Tyler blaring, and Brian De Palma influence. But seldom does it do that.
"Prey at Night" trades the first film's commitment to handheld realism and nihilistic sadism for...an Eighties pop soundtrack and a split diopter shot within the first five minutes, so I'm fully onboard for whatever the filmmakers want to do here. Lean and efficient (it has to be, coming in at under 80 minutes), this might be the best sequel to "Halloween" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" that the slasher era never saw.
Roberts doubles the amount of people to kill in his sequel and delivers a slasher that is beautiful and strange. The premise remains unsettling and it's creepily excellent soundtrack is more than welcome but Prey at night goes truly WILD once the foursome gets down to two. I never knew I needed neon palm tress and a Texas Chainsaw Massacre inspired ending in 2018 but I'm so, so happy to have them both.
In comparison to its first installation, this Strangers film had a few unexpected twists, including the quite satisfying murders of all three masked folks, as well as finding out that they are killing people simply because they can. I enjoyed the cast, whose acting was on point and believable. Yes, maybe a few pitfalls in plot, but as an allover picture that is definitely an ode to '80s horror, it leaves you uneasy.
Don't get it twisted. This franchise had the power to become relevant, but not going in this common direction. Plus, the explanation for the crimes ("Why not") is not as effective as it thinks it is. The ending is an obvious nod, but it's lazy.