Sunday, 22 April 2018

The Strangers: Prey at Night (3 Stars)

This is the eighth film in the Stuttgart Nights Festival.

This is a sequel to the film "The Strangers" that was released in 2008. It's not understandable why the writer Bryan Bertino waited so long. The first film ended with a hook to make a new film.

I'll admit that I didn't like the first film very much. I enjoy slasher films if there's a good story behind the slashing, but that didn't seem to be the case. The second film features the same three killers but even less story. When one of the killers (Dollface, on the left in the poster) is asked why she's killing people she answers "Why not?"

If you really want a plot summary, here it is:

A family with two teenage children moves into a trailer park. On their first night three strangers arrive and kill them one by one.

There's nothing else to say. They're not carefully selected victims. They're just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Most of the films shown at the Stuttgart Nights Festival are new films that haven't been shown in the cinema yet. This is an exception. It was released in March in almost every country except for Germany and the UK. The fans obviously disagree with my negative rating. It's already a massive hit which has earned more than five times its budget. Maybe cinema audiences just want to see killing without having to worry why it's happening?

There's one amusing thing that I noticed in the final credits. There was a list of set medics. 14 of them. Why does a film need so many medics? In fact, why does a film need any medics at all? Did something happen that we haven't been told about?

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