The Strangers; This film is so far beyond the average horror film of modern-day. The Strangers has solid acting from the very few characters. The lack of characters does keep them from being overtly generic and stereotypical though. The script is guaranteed to give you a ride – from its emotional experience to the frightening dialogue from the antagonists. The tone of the film as a whole is solid due to the directing skills. Most importantly is the story, though. The Strangers is a great example of the modernized “classic slasher” and a good thriller, too. The subplot is one of realism that encompasses the tone well. The only issue is that there is much to be desired in the slasher style with it being rather dull. It is a game of cat and mouse that is dragged out climatically for longer than many are willing to wait for. But all-in-all The Strangers has a satisfyingly creepy enjoyment factor that makes it worth the watch.
The Strangers: Prey at Night; The Strangers: Prey at Night is a true slasher film, with some genuinely tense moments throughout. The tone of The Stangers: Prey at Night is markedly different from its predecessor, with an emphasis on 80’s style aesthetics and classic killer types. Our main cast is stalked and hunted in a large trailer park rather than a small home, making for much more diversity and distinct scares. There are times when the acting is a little ham-fisted, but overall the performances are strong. When comparing it to the original, The Strangers: Prey at Night has much more charm and likeability thanks to its fast pace and abundance of suspense filled moments. As for the kills, they are relatively mundane but there are some exceptions that are great to watch. The Strangers: Prey at Night is an excellent follow-up to the cult classic original.
This was not too difficult, as there was really one clear winner between the both of us. The superior film here is….The Strangers: Prey at Night. It successfully retains what made the original so great, and makes welcome changes that mix up the formula. The Strangers: Prey at Night uses its setting and time period to deliver charming amounts of nostalgia-filled horror, that harken back to classic slasher films. The movie is one long series of cat and mouse games that never gets old, with many shining moments to keep you interested. The original is just far too boring at certain points, while this remains consistently entertaining. The Strangers: Prey at Night doesn’t do much to be different in today’s horror landscape but serves as a reminder of what the genre used to be. For our bet, we’ll take The Strangers: Prey at Night over The Strangers any day.
The Strangers – Cinemaster Score: 7/10
The Strangers: Prey at Night – Cinemaster Score: 7.5/10