Movie Review: THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT (Unrated Blu-ray Combo Pack)

THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT is based on real events surrounding a family struggling to survive as they are attacked on their vacation by a trio of masked psychopaths that hunt their prey with seemingly no rhyme or reason. Director Johannes Roberts pays homage to The Strangers by bringing back the infamous masked villains — Dollface, Pin-Up Girl and Man in the Mask — and incorporates elements of the ‘80s slasher genre to create a perfect mix of old and new that is sure to satisfy and reignite fear in fans of the original while also bringing new devotees to the franchise. Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Martin Henderson and Lewis Pullman star in the sequel to Bryan Bertino‘s 2008 cult hit.

A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive.

The Strangers: Prey at Night follows Mike (Martin Henderson) and his wife Cindy (Christina Hendricks) who take their son Luke (Lewis Pullman) and troubled daughter Kinsey (Bailee Madison) for what’s supposed to be a family bonding getaway. The rebellious Kinsey finds out that she’s on her way to a boarding school and doesn’t want to be a part of this final getaway before her parents ship her off but things quickly change with a simple knock on the door and guess who it is.

The terrorizing takes place at this old secluded trailer park out in the middle of nowhere where the three masked killers have already made it their new playground of fear and unfortunately this family of four becomes their latest targets of terror. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that this masked trio is out for blood but they like to play with their prey before they slaughter them. The family is in a fight for survival as this nightmarish night plays out for them and it’s a traumatizing experience that not everyone lives to tell about.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is chrome and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Strangers: Prey at Night was a great followup to Bryan Bertino’s 2008 cult hit and I know it received mixed reviews from the fanbase that had been asking for a sequel for years but I really liked it. The story for this one puts this flawed family up against the three masked strangers who prey on their victims for shits and giggles. There’s no reasoning behind what they do because it’s more of a sport to them and they get off doing it. I thought the cast did a really good job with their characters/victims but it’s the masked actors who kind of steal the show and this time a little more is revealed about them without the full mystery of who they are being exposed. Johanne Roberts did a great job taking the reigns and delivering an intense sequel that continues the terrifying story about this masked trio of killers. There’s also a fantastic 80’s soundtrack to go along with the thrills and chills! The Strangers: Prey at Night slices and dices onto a sweet Unrated Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on June 12th.

Distributor: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Run Time: Theatrical Version (86 Minutes) / Unrated Version (86 Minutes)

Rated: R and Unrated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / EDA 2.0

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include the theatrical and unrated versions of the movie, an alternate ending, music video, three featurettes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Theatrical or Unrated versions of the movie
  • Alternate Ending (01:51)
  • “Prep for Night” Music Video – Director’s Cut: The Man in the Mask, Dollface, and Pin-up Girl get ready to terrorize an unsuspecting family in a music video directed by horror auteur Mickey Keating (DarlingCarnage Park) (02:29)
  • A Look Inside The Strangers: Prey at NightStars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson and director Johannes Roberts talk about the making of the film. (01:50)
  • Family Fights Back: Stars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman and director Johannes Roberts review the film’s characters and their fight to survive. (02:02)
  • The Music of The Strangers: Prey at NightDirector Johannes Roberts and star Bailee Madison discuss the John Carpenter-inspired score and the ‘80s soundtrack that keeps The Strangers killing. (02:46)
  • Digital Copy

 

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