The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)
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.
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Worst movie ever. No reason to waist your time with this
This movie limped and crawled it's way to the 78 min mark desperate for feature length with its protracted rooms and hanging long shots that linger an age too long. You can tell even the writing is stretching it out. A 30 minute set piece stretched far beyond its scope. What material was there to fill the silence was basic to passable slasher.
I wasn't already expecting much from this sequel based on the reviews but I chose to give it a try. Well, it's not often that I get insulted by a movie, but this one is so bad it made me really upset. Seriously, I could barely watch it to the end. Unbeliavably stupid characters and killers, bad acting, no tension, not scary at all, awkward deaths, they couldn't even get me in a jumpscare once. So embarassing it doesn't even deserve a comparison with the first one.
To be honest: I kind of liked it. Really. I know that it's not Oscar-winning material, it surely isn't the best horror-flick that I've ever seen, but all considered it's actually not bad at all. It has a very creepy atmosphere, the pace is exactly right, the anonymous killers are menacing and sinister and there is a fair amount of violence and gore. The members of the family (both parents and the son and daughter) all get some personal depth, especially the daughter, so you really care what happens with them. And the script gives us a whole series of (obligatory) almost-endings until the final ending, but these are nicely done. The whole thing kept me up the edge of my chair until the end and the very last scene was surprisingly poignant: after all these ordeals the girl will understandably have a trauma for a big part of her life and that gave her reaction to the knock on the door a nice authentic touch, in spite of the obvious intention of the makers to suggest that maybe the horror starts again. The acting of all four main characters is fine, with special mention of young Bailee Madison en Lewis Pullman, who do a great job. My only reservation lies in the very core of this kind of harassment-movies: the assailants stay anonymous and their motives completely hidden. In spite of the fact that in the end you are very well entertained, it does leave you with a gnawing feeling of disappointment and resentment. Do movie-makers really want their audience to feel like that?! I always wonder if writers in such cases have serious artistic reasons to choose for open endings like this, or that they are lazy and simply don't care what the public feels out-of sheer arrogance. Well, apart from that, I still rank it 8 out of 10.