Doing things and saying stuff, mostly saying stuff...
WARNING: HERE BE SPOILERS
Ho-wdy, Ho-rror Ho-mies!
Can you believe it took about 10 years for The Strangers to get a sequel?! I mean, that film was HUGE for ho-rror fans when it came out! It was a legitimately disturbing shocker that freaked the un-Ho-ly crap out of many, many filmgoers (myself included) and scared up a pretty profit at the box office. How did it not get a sequel immediately?! Well, the wait is finally over... The Strangers: Prey at Night has stalked and slashed its way to cinemas! Was it any good? Was it worth the wait?
SPOILER: HECK YES TO BOTH!!!
The Strangers is a deeply unsettling home invasion thriller, but The Strangers: Prey at Night is a badass slasher film chockablock with suspense, style, and frights. Outside of the initial buildup, the film doesn’t let up on the macabre goodness. While the original was slow burn, this one’s a thrill-a-minute wildfire. In that spirit, the scope of this film is much larger than that of the first, adding all sorts of new opportunities for masked mayhem. Instead of being confined to just one home, the masked trio are given a wider hunting ground in the form of a deserted trailer park, which allows for some HeXXXcellent visuals and gives the potential victims new places to hide.
Prey at Night also appears to have been made by and for Ho-rror films. From countless homages to John Carpenter (even the score sounds inspired by The Fog’s) to a brilliant sequence using Bava-like lighting to its use of Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart (I refuse to believe that wasn’t a reference to Urban Legend), this film was clearly made by students of the macabre. Though I’m not entirely sure it was intentional, there is a sequence involving a bridge and a faceless fiend that does evoke The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
What this film does better than a lot of modern Ho-rror films is that it actually encourages us to root for its heroes. While they’re not the deepest characters, the main family is made up flawed, likable individuals. When a member is killed, you actually feel bad. On the other hand, it’s so satisfying to see the masked goons get their comeuppance at the hands of our leading characters. Many modern slashers seem to only care about their psychos, so it’s refreshing to see one that focuses on the “human” leads. After all, it’s much easier to be scared when you actually care about the people on screen.
If there’s one thing I didn’t dig about this movie, it’s the ending. And when I say “ending”, I mean the literal last second. It feels like it was supposed to leave the door open for a sequel, but it’s preeeeeeeeeeeeeetty weak. It’s far too mundane to inspire any fear or “OH SHIT!” reaction. However, if you can overlook that, this is a solid chiller-diller loaded with creeptastic spectacle. Even if you didn’t like the first one, I highly recommend this one. Don’t be a stranger to The Strangers: Prey at Night! :)
Dudes! This is Mr. John Easdale and Ms. Tuesday Knight joining forces to sing Rick's Theme Song (actual tit-le ;) from Nightmare on Elm Street 4 at the NOES 4 cast/crew reunion on 2/20/18!
(Big thanks & hugs to all the awesome folks involved, and to everyone who tuned in to watch the live Q&A panel with me! xoxo :)
A wee sample of some of the High-lights from this year's Endless Night Vampire Ball (Hell-A Edition, held on 2/23/18), which is always a freakily fangt-ass-tic event. If you're feelin' a bit o'fomo, have no fear, my lil' Kinkbots! The fine folks behind this evil event are also planning a wicked weekend in Vampy Vegas cumming up in April. Deets here if you're interested in getting your festive freak on. :)
"Suck it!! " (aka High-light's from last year's Endless Night LA Vampire Ball)
"I'll Sleep When You're Dead: Part 1 of 64"
Do you love cats, cards, gatling guns, and Norm MacDonald but don't have time to watch them all separately? My friend sensed this urgent need in the marketplace and vowed to fill it. So enjoy the long overdue, "I'll Sleep When You're Dead".
My Interview with Clint Freakin' Howard!!!
(nude Clint Howard and snow globes...need I say more?)
High History: Why I love Scream so much!
(remember to finish him)