20 December 2018 | Platypuschow
The Strangers Prey at Night: Improvement
Let me be clear I HATED The Strangers (2008) and certainly didn't expect them to make a sequel a full decade later.
I'm not entirely sure what it was about the first movie, but it just came across as entirely one sided devoid of purpose and basically plot torture porn and that did nothing for me.
This time around we see a family set up camp in a trailer park only to come under siege by the same three masked psychotics. Among them the stunning Christina Hendricks and former child star Bailee Madison.
Thankfully what we're presented with isn't so one sided and does have a plot. Sure the plot is the time honored generic slasher one but it's a plot all the same.
So what does it have going for it? Well for a start the soundtrack is great as is the score. It fits the movie perfectly and is refreshingly retro. Ontop of that we have some great cinematography, the movie certainly has style.
So it looks great, it sounds great and we have Hendricks on board. So what went wrong? Well other than it being generic, Hendricks isn't the big character you'd imagine so forget about her being the leading lady. To make matters worse it falls into many of the standard slasher pitfalls so we've seen the majority of it before.
This is a vast improvement over the first movie, but it's still just another slasher.
A few decent shots
Christina Hendricks is wasted
Things I Learnt From This Movie:
I'm glad I'm not the only one who awkwardly laughs when in pain
If they keep up with the improvements they might have an average movie eventually