The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Johannes Roberts
Starring: Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Martin Henderson
Rated: UR/Region A/2:38/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Universal Studios

 

Mike and his wife Cindy take their son and daughter on a road trip that becomes their worst nightmare. The family members soon find themselves in a desperate fight for survival when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park that’s mysteriously deserted — until three masked psychopaths show up to satisfy their thirst for blood.

 

I’m the type of guy who will sit here all day and tell you that I thought the original Strangers was good. But I’m also the type of guy to say that while I thought it was a good movie, it really wasn’t my style. It was a moody movie and had some tense moments but that really doesn’t make for a fun time with me and as a result, I don’t go back to it much. Now, here with The Strangers: Prey at Night, this IS my type of horror movie. It is more in your face and fun than the original. It packs some blood and seems to really just be one giant tribute to the slasher movies of old. This new take on The Strangers seem to have upset some people, but I’m not one of those people. I like this method of making a Strangers movie much more than I did the original and like I said above, I never hated the original. If anything I’d say the only downside to this one is characters making dumb movies, but then again, wouldn’t that play into the whole retro tribute and style thing? The first rule of enjoying this new Strangers movie is to go into without thinking you’ll be getting anything like you got before.

While you could make the case that Christina Hendricks seems kind of bored here in this one, the movie does make good use of Bailee Madison. She’s the angsty teenager in this one. I remember seeing Bailee when she younger in a number of things, one of which is a Haunting Hour episode. She’s good and seems to always fit very well into the genre and has gotten only better with age. Our three Strangers act different than before and are played by three different actors this time around, but I still like what I see here. I was pretty surprised how well I did like it to be honest. So, if you see anyone tossing lots of shade here it is probably just because they liked the original so much and basically wanted a repeat of that. This is anything but that and I think that’s why I like it because it makes for just the type of horror movie I can really enjoy. It isn’t just doom and gloom with a dose of moody here. It’s bloody, fast pace, and with some nice retro style.

 

Extras

– Alternate Ending
– Music Video
– A Look Inside The Strangers: Prey at Night
– Family Fights Back
– The Music of The Strangers: Prey at Night

Quality of Transfer: 97%