The Movie: 4/10
I am a horror movie fan. I appreciate the good, the bad, and the ugly…oh and even the cheap and crappy sometimes:) I’m open to all kinds of terror, I just don’t always get terrified. That’s the situation with The Strangers: Prey at Night. I did like The Strangers, it’s predecessor, for what it was. They introduced villains who have no back story, no motive, nothing but pure violence against other people. While that sounds horrible enough, and it is scary because real people in real life can be just as awful, to try to do it in the sequel doesn’t cut it for me.
The movie has enough jump scares and “holy shit” moments to make it entertaining. The story of the family is not that interesting, you know, the teenage girl in conflict with the mom, and a family in a bit of dramatic phase of their lives. It is supposed to build tension and then when they are threatened and come together we have the reinforced idea of how important family is after all. I don’t mind the sentiment, but it’s not got the guts of a family in turmoil that I need to care. Oh, cold-hearted, I know, but I’m just not convinced that this daughter has done anything bad enough to send her off to boarding school. This is why they are traveling, end up in a trailer park, and thus encounter the “strangers.” My empathy and caring for the family was more of a human type, just that these people don’t deserve to be hunted and killed gruesomely by some assholes, not so much about caring about the characters individually. I need that for my horror flicks to really get me hooked.
It’s true, I have enjoyed many movies that live in the horror universe and not cared about the 2 dimensional characters, but then those movies have something else to hold my attention. The Strangers: Prey at Night doesn’t.
- Alternate Ending (2 Minutes) – Worse than the ending in the film.
- Music Video (3 minutes) – A directors cut music video.
- A Look Inside The Strangers: Prey At Night (2 Minutes) – Trailer of the movie with interviews quickly cut into it.
- Family Fights Back (2 Minutes) –Very similar to the last extra with more focus on the characters.
- The Music Of The Strangers: Prey At Night (2 Minutes) – Discussing the opening song and why they chose an 80’s score.
- Blu-ray, DVD & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 7/10
The Strangers: Prey At Night is a dark gloomy movie and I had to up the brightness on the screenshots of this review so they look right. The image is very noisy throughout but the 1080P AVC encode does it’s best to make everything appear properly. Colors and shadow detail are rather good though so it has that going for it.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Lossless soundtrack used here is actually quite effective. The movie pretty much relies on Jump Scares and those are WAY louder than the rest of the action and actually got me more than once. The 80’s score and songs come through loud and clear, it’s the pool scene that really showcases this track and it’s some of the best sound mixing I have heard.
Overall The Strangers: Prey At Night is an average horror film, with an above average presentation on Blu-ray.
Overall Score 4/10