The Strangers: Prey at Night (15)

East Kilbride News - - REVIEWS -

Jo­hannes Roberts does a pretty good job with this horror se­quel by em­brac­ing what worked well in the orig­i­nal – slow-burn ten­sion and re­lent­less killers – while up­ping the vi­o­lence lev­els.

Most nail-bit­ing mo­ments come from the im­pres­sive sound de­sign, a grimy, old-school aes­thetic and the an­tag­o­nists’ creepy masks.

But while a lo­ca­tion change was in­evitable, this fol­low-up loses a lot of the claus­tro­pho­bic dread run­ning through the orig­i­nal by mov­ing from a sin­gle house to a mo­bile home park.

There might not be the fig­u­ra­tive au­di­ence throat-grab­bing of the first flick, but Roberts does at least force­fully hold you down by the shoul­ders.

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