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The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018)

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Genre : Horror
Country : United States
Director: Johannes Roberts

Cast:
Christina Hendricks
Bailee Madison
Martin Henderson

Summary

A family staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night are visited by three masked psychopaths, to test their every limit.

 

 

The 2000’s were a funny time for horror movies. Coming off the hangover of post-Scream teen horror we saw everything from J-horror remakes and found footage to the resurgence of zombies and splatter films. Big trends that would get big and then fizzle out over time. Despite these fads one of the most popular films from that time was something completely different, The Strangers. Unlike other movies from 2008 like Saw V and The Midnight Meat Train, The Strangers didn’t depend on gore and bloodshed. Director Bryan Bertino created a taut thriller that put an emphasis on tension building. Making nearly 10 times its budget a sequel seemed inevitable. And yet it never came. Production was pushed back year after year and it seemed like it would never come out. Then, randomly in December, The Strangers: Prey At Night was not only announced but it was given a March release date. Horror fans were excited but had it been too long?

Based on a script by Bryan Bertino, The Strangers: Prey at Night introduces audiences to your typical family from the suburbs. When their daughter Kinsey (Bailee Madison) continues to get into trouble parents Cindy (Christina Hendricks) and Mike (Martin Henderson) decide to send her to boarding school. Despite in-fighting within the family they pick up their son Luke (Lewis Pullman) and head to the family-owned Gatlin Lake mobile home park. With familial turmoil at an all-time high they are soon confronted by “Pin-Up Girl,” “Dollface,” and the “Man in the Mask.”

Quite frankly, it doesn’t have the most original plot. Whether it’s the supportive if somewhat oblivious father with his all-American wife to the rebellious, cigarette smoking daughter and athletically gifted son the characterizations are paper thin. None of our cast does anything we haven’t seen hundreds of times before. To the point that aside from the opening kill scene the movie can feel a bit tedious with the character arcs being so predictable. When the plot does try to step outside of the box it’s to reference the original which isn’t much better.

 

Since it’s a sequel, some connections to the first movie are to be expected. Things like how the killers look and their modus operandi are a given. The problem arises when it comes to replicating the actual scares. Things like forms slowly becoming visible behind our leads and those blink-and-you-miss-it appearances aren’t as effective as they once were. Not only was it done better in the original but there have been a decade’s worth of similar frights. So, is that to say that The Strangers: Prey At Night is a complete let down? Not quite.

For all of its faults as a sequel to The Strangers, Prey At Night works quite well as a straight slasher movie. Heavily influenced by John Carpenter it feels more like an 80’s slasher movie than a home invasion thriller. Like the directors of old, Roberts uses a mix of steady cam and dramatic close ups that works well with the movie’s setting.

Using all of the Gatlin Lake trailer park the family is hunted from the dreary mobile homes to a neon-clad community pool. Much like the Friday the 13th video game each space has its own feel, complimented by a synth-heavy soundtrack. All of this combined it creates a fun aesthetic without feel like it’s trying too hard to be retro. It also strays from the original with an upped rate of gore.  Consisting mostly of practical effects ice picks and axes are utilized in a way that would make Jason Voorhees proud. Prey At Night also puts more emphasis on jump scares than before. And while some are of the “cat out of nowhere” variety they typically pay off with a deadly appearance from our sharp dressed killers.

For over a decade fans of The Strangers have waited for a sequel and it’s finally here. For fans of Bryan Bertino’s original I’m not quite sure this is the movie you’ve been hoping for. Unlike the first movie the characterizations are fairly weak and the buildup is nowhere near as good as the first time around. With that said if you can get past this there is fun to be had. Reminiscent of past horror classics we get an 80’s inspired slasher that doesn’t fall into self-parody. If you go in with the right expectations you’re in for a fun, blood splattered ride.

Rating: 5/10
Links : IMDB

The Strangers: Prey At Night is now in theaters

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‘Joker’ Success Has Joaquin Phoenix Talking Sequel

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“It ended up being a dream role”

Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’ had tremendous success this weekend. Blowing the doors off the box-office with a record shattering October at $96mil, beating out ‘Venom’ to take the top spot. While ‘Joker’ is still playing strong in theaters, fans have already started speculating what direction the “Clown Prince of Crime,” will head next. Todd Phillips originally shot down the idea of a ‘Joker 2.’ While talking to IGN Phillips said, “We have no plans for a sequel. We always pitched it as one movie, and that’s it.” Now it sounds like Phoenix has different aspirations for the Joker. During an interview with “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” Phoenix talked about his love for the role, saying:

“You know, I wouldn’t have thought about this as my dream role. But now, honestly, I can’t stop thinking about it,” Phoenix said. “I talked to Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just to work together, but also specifically, if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting. So, it ended up being a dream role. It’s nothing that I really wanted to do prior to working on this movie.”

Phoenix, who famously passed on the role of Doctor Strange in the MCU also had this to say about returning to the Joker:

“I don’t know that there is [more to do],” Phoenix said. “Me and Todd would still be shooting now if we could, right? Because it seemed endless, the possibilities of where we can go with the character.”

‘Joker’ will definitely have fans clamoring for more. The movie sets up plenty of potential options for a sequel. More importantly fans just want to see Phoenix return to the screen as Arthur Fleck aka Joker. Joker has raked in over $258mil worldwide on a reported $50mil budget.

‘Joker’ is in theaters now. Get your tickets here:  JOKER TICKETS 

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Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn | Official Trailer- HD

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Action, Adventure, Crime

Release Date:

February 7, 2020 (Post Production)

Director:

Cathy Yan

Cast:

Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Ewan McGregor, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez

Plot Summary:

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

 

 

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After A Brief Break-Up Tom Holland/Spider-Man Will Stay With Marvel

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 “You never know what surprises the future might hold”

It would appear that we won’t be seeing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man grace the screen with the likes of Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson, in the Andy Serkis directed ‘Venom 2.’ Or will we. Reports are scarce as to the details of the agreement reached between Marvel/Disney and Sony.  But, inside sources reveal that Marvel will take home 25% from future Spider-Man films.

The negotiations also landed on a release date for a third Spider-Man film. We are expected to see Holland return to action, July 16, 2021. Holland recently took to social media, to express his excitement about returning to the MCU:

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Amy Pascal will produce the upcoming films through her production company, Pascal Pictures as she has on the first two Holland/Spidey films. Pascal weighed in on the news:

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Feige said in a statement. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

“This is terrific,” she said. “Peter Parker’s story took a dramatic turn in ‘Far From Home’ and I could not be happier we will all be working together as we see where his journey goes.”

 

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