When it comes to scary movies, not everyone finds the same subjects scary. Some people are terrified of films with supernatural antagonists like ghosts and demons, while others believe the horrors of the mind seen in psychological thrillers are far scarier. But one genre of horror films that seems to frighten just about everybody is home invasion films, and one of the best examples is 2008’s The Strangers. So with the film’s sequel now hitting theaters, it’s no wonder that The Strangers: Prey At Night is just as scary as its predecessor.
The original film, The Strangers, told the story of a couple staying at a remote house in the country who become terrorized one night by three mask-wearing strangers. The intruders break into the house and continually attempt to assault the occupants, and when asked why they’re doing so, they say “because you’re home.” This is obviously a terrifying situation that should scare anyone; especially because it could actually happen. People committing random acts of violence toward strangers is far from unheard of, and the idea of being trapped in a desolate and unfamiliar area only adds to the tension of the situation. So given that the original film nailed the formula of home invasion horror so well, how could the sequel possibly improve upon it?
By upping the ante, basically. Instead of a couple, The Strangers: Prey at Nightfeatures an entire family of four who become victims of the Strangers — the same three mask-wearing antagonists from the first film. And instead of a remote country house, the family are tormented while staying in a mobile home located in a deserted trailer park. Just imagine showing up to a vacation home trailer and discovering that you’re the only people in the entire trailer park. That’s all kinds of creepy, since logically, other people should be around — so there must be a reason why they’re not.
“In the first movie they were in a house and obviously they couldn’t get in their car because it was there, and there were no landlines,” star Bailee Madison told Collider. “But we’re dealing with the same situations except we are dropped in a maze of a world where everywhere they turn could be a place that they could be, and there is no way out. Which is almost more terrifying, because you’re in an outdoor space, and you’re not in the comfort of your home, you don’t know things, and you’re not aware where the twists and turns can come.”