Abbey’s Monthly Movie: The Strangers: Prey At Night

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Abbey’s Monthly Movie: The Strangers: Prey At Night

The Strangers: Prey At Night was released on March 9, 2018. This is the sequel to the first movie, The Strangers, which was released on May 30, 2008.

The Strangers: Prey At Night was released on March 9, 2018. This is the sequel to the first movie, The Strangers, which was released on May 30, 2008.

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The Strangers: Prey At Night was released on March 9, 2018. This is the sequel to the first movie, The Strangers, which was released on May 30, 2008.

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The Strangers: Prey At Night was released on March 9, 2018. This is the sequel to the first movie, The Strangers, which was released on May 30, 2008.

Abigail Baltich, Film Critic

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WARNING: MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT AND DON’T WANT IT TO BE SPOILED.

For February, I’m going to be reviewing The Strangers: Prey At Night, which came out back on March 9th, 2018. This  movie is about a family of four whose road trip takes a traumatic turn as three masked killers begin stalking them and try to kill them any way possible. This movie had fewer good qualities than bad, which I somewhat saw coming from experience with the first one.

Kinsey, played by Bailee Madison, is going to be sent to boarding school soon, and she isn’t happy about it. Due to this, Kinsey no long gets along well with her mom, Cindy, played by Christina Hendricks, and dad, Mike, who is played by Martin Henderson. Her brother, Luke, played by Lewis Pullman, tries to reassure her about it, but it never seems to work. Cindy and Mike decide to go on a trip to Kinsey and Luke’s aunt and uncle’s trailer park before she leaves, however they didn’t expect to find them brutally murdered and be chased around by a bunch of psychos.

The special effects were probably the best part of the entire movie. Out of all of them, I narrowed down my two favorites. My first would be the uncle’s jaw, which was broken and out of place after he was murdered by Dollface, who is played by Gemma Ward. My second favorite was the plank of wood that stabbed Mike in the stomach after he and Luke got into a car crash trying to find Kinsey. They both looked very real, which is something that I always look forward to in horror movies. It makes the movie seem a lot more realistic and interesting. Again, I was happy that they didn’t overdo the blood as I had said in my review of The Nun. Another special effect that I thought was well done was the blood that came out from a few people’s mouths after they were stabbed/shot. They all looked pretty real, and I found that at some scenes the producers were pretty creative with it.

One of the major cons to this movie was definitely the acting. It was either somewhat good or pretty bad. The acting that I thought was the worst was probably Kinsey’s crying. I found it a bit too dramatic, and it definitely sounded fake. Luke’s acting was also kind of bad when it came to some of the conversations he had, but I still find Kinsey’s crying a whole lot worse. Out of everyone, I think Cindy’s acting was the best, and she wasn’t even in the movie for that long due to being killed by Dollface. The acting made the movie a lot more cheesy than scary, which kind of disappointed me even though I somewhat saw it coming. The first movie was like that, however towards the end I found that the acting had gotten better.

I thought that the movie was pretty interesting towards the end when Luke and Kinsey began killing the masked murderers. I didn’t see that coming at all, mainly because in the first movie the main characters were killed by them. I thought that it was a nice way to end The Strangers series. Plus, we were able to see Dollface’s actual face. I also liked how there was little hesitation before the killers were killed, which is one of the first times I’ve ever seen it happen in horror movies. But like every horror movie ever, there were scenes that they did hesitate before doing anything. However, the killers dying somewhat made up for it.

Finally, there are so many things I wish they could’ve added to the movie. Tying the first and second movie together I thought would’ve been cool, but with the ten-year difference, I understand why that would’ve been hard and didn’t happen. I also feel that some things throughout the movie were a little rushed. Something that I thought was really rushed were all the scenes with the killers in it. Some scenes I felt went by too fast and at some points and I wished it would’ve been slower and more detailed. Another thing I wish they added were jump scares. There were no jump scares throughout the movie, unlike the first one where there were quite a few. I was pretty disappointed because I love jump scares, and without them I don’t find horror movies as interesting/cool. There was also very little action throughout the movie. The only parts with action were the rushed parts with the killers in it. The only scene I thought had the most action was the one with Luke fighting the Pin-Up girl, who is played by Lea Enslin, and the Man-in-the-mask, who is played by Damian Maffei. The action in that scene probably had more than the rest of the movie combined, however, it was my favorite scene.

Overall, I’d rate The Strangers: Prey At Night a 5/10. The special effects were amazing, however, the acting wasn’t very good, and there were a lot of things that they could’ve added to make it better. It was pretty good at certain points, but the rest of the movie was kind of disappointing, however, I did somewhat enjoy it.