“You take [Halloween’s] idea of a peaceful, middle class, friendly town being intruded [on] by a killer and apply the in-the-wrong-place-at-wrong-time logic of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and, in theory, you get The Strangers.” And so begins Irish film critic Ryan Hollinger’s latest cinematic analysis, part of his ongoing Screen Smart series—and the flick is one very near and dear to horror fans.
Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers, released in 2008, is nothing short of a home invasion masterpiece and a chilling experience that transcends subgenres. Fans have been waiting almost a decade for a sequel, and recently rejoice over news that Stranger: Prey at Night will finally arrive in US Theaters on March 9th, 2018. It’s the perfect time to reflect on The Strangers’ legacy, and Hollinger’s study reveals the film is actually often cited in cinematic and cultural studies.
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You’ll soon discover that Hollinger isn’t the biggest fan of The Strangers, but he can’t deny the film is objectively captivating. From subversions of established safe-zones to the film’s connection to the Sharon Tate murders of 1968, Hollinger explains how The Strangers creates compelling atmosphere by successfully communicating the public’s perceptions of random acts of violence.
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Here’s what we know about Strangers: Prey at Night so far:
Official Synopsis: When their road trip takes a turn, a family arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay in a borrowed trailer for the night, until three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit.
Strangers: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts from a script penned by Bertino and Ben Ketai; the film stars Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Martin Henderson.
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Stroll down Memory Lane with the trailer and synopsis for 2008’s The Strangers below.
Official Synopsis: Kristen (Liv Tyler) and James (Scott Speedman) are expecting a relaxing weekend at a family vacation home, but their stay turns out to be anything but peaceful. First, a mysterious and dangerous woman arrives at the door while James is out on an errand. When he returns, he accidentally kills his friend Mike (Glenn Howerton), mistaking him for an intruder. And then real danger does show up — in the form of three masked torturers, leaving Kristen and James struggling for survival.