Side note: Hi there! I decided today that I wanted to get back into the swing of things writing wise. I started posting on Snips and Skyguy again and hope to continue sharing all my love for Star Wars over there and I wanted to continue updating this blog here, my child. Hope you enjoy the following rant of thoughts, whatever that may be.
The Strangers: Prey at Night released March 9th, 2018 aka just a few weeks ago. If you have followed this site for a while or have even checked my Twitter here and there, than you know that I’ve been waiting on this film. I’ve waited and waited and waited since 2008. It’s been a while.
This sequel has been on and off for years and so when they announced more plans to go through with it back in 2015… I had some thoughts. Incase you didn’t read that post, they were all negative. But to my surprise, they announced plans last year to follow through with the sequel and include the original script. I was cautiously optimistic. This film, The Strangers, meant so much to me that I couldn’t bear to think of a poorly done sequel. But enough of the long story to get to where we are. The Strangers: Prey at Night was announced, trailer released and not too far after that… the film was out.
I was there at the first showing I could go to Thursday night, readily awaiting to see if I’d be disappointed when I was 99% sure I wouldn’t be. The trailers they’d released so far were top notch. So in I went… and I left so giddy and excited. The Strangers: Prey at Night managed to live up to all the hype that surrounded it. It was perfect! But also different. And I appreciated it so much.
Johannes Roberts directed this film and his vision melded so well for this franchise. It’s similar to Bryan Bertino’s original film while having a different vibe/feeling to it all. Johannes took this film and made it his. His fingerprints are all over this and are very noticeable. It’s not a bad thing, the opposite actually. For one, his directing is so in your face in the best way. My favorite of these moments are how he zooms in on the faces of the actors during intense scenes. It gives these scenes such a flashback to old horror. Between the zooms and the soundtrack that accompanied this film (let alone the marketing), The Strangers has an 80s vibe to it all throughout while remaining current.
The slashing scenes were done super well. The Strangers hasn’t been about gore or violence. It has always been about making the viewer uncomfortable, about making the audience watch this unspeakable horror for what it is… horror. You feel for these characters. The first film had an ordinary couple who were targeted for no reason, while the same happens here but with a family in the middle of nowhere, trying to save some money by staying in a family owned trailer. I believe this is why The Strangers has become such a successful and well known franchise. It’s your typical home invasion story but more visceral and relatable.
Also the fact that these films are based on the Manson murders also adds a terrifying element.
I hope you found some type of enjoyment from this post? I wanted to keep it simple and short because I could literally write a thesis paper on these films and still have things to say. It feels random to be posting this but I’m doing my best to keep my old writing spirit alive and write everyday. Let me know if you checked out The Strangers: Prey at Night in the comments below!