In 2008, The Strangers made waves in the worldwide box office by challenging viewers to consider whether or not they were safe in their own homes. It was a film about violence for the sake of violence – chaos without cause – and despite mixed reviews from critics, it was well-received by audiences across the world.
Now, nine years on, Aviron Pictures have released the first trailer for their sequel; The Strangers: Prey at Night. Tonally and conceptually, Johannes Roberts’ follow-up to Bryan Bertino’s film is easily comparable to its predecessor, with the antagonists re-appearing from the shadows to torment and presumably murder an unsuspecting family.
Bertino, writer and director of The Strangers, penned the script for this sequel alongside Ben Ketai, so it isn’t surprising that the trailer gives the impression that it will be just as terrifying as the first film was, with obligatory jump scares and threatening imagery to boot.
The use of Tiffany’s I Think We’re Alone Now gives the trailer a playful feel, which fits perfectly within the context of a movie about killers who like to toy with their victims before inevitably slaughtering them.
The film stars Bailee Madison, Christina Hendricks, Lewis Pullman and Martin Henderson and is currently scheduled for release in March 2018, almost a decade after the original hit cinemas. Once again, the phrase ‘based on true events’ is being employed liberally in order to generate greater intrigue, and fans have every right to be excited by a trailer which is both action-packed and consistent with what the first film established.