Film Review: The Strangers: Prey at Night

I watched The Strangers: Prey at Night recently with my boyfriend, and I can say with complete honesty that, in my opinion, it is one of the worst executed horror flicks I’ve seen as of late.

I’m not even trying to be overly critical or harsh. It’s just a really shitty movie.

It depicts a family of four who embarks on somewhat of a family vacation at an incredibly isolated trailer park. And, surprise, surprise, when they arrive, they soon find themselves in the presence of three seriously disturbed individuals who spend their evenings wearing masks and butchering those who wander into this creepy park.

Probably not a place to appear on your destination bucket list.

It stars Christina Hendricks as Cindy, Martin Henderson as Mike, her husband, and their two children, Kinsey, played by Bailee Madison, and Luke, played by Lewis Pullman. There’s some definite familial tension between Kinsey and her parents, and relatively early on in the plot, it is revealed that Kinsey is being sent to boarding school in an attempt to correct her rebellious behaviour. Kinsey is understandably ticked off about this, placing even more distance between herself and her family.

The movie has a pretty slow start, and once things do kick into action involving axe-wielding weirdos, I found myself a bit confused due to a lack of information presented throughout the movie. For example, it’s never revealed what Kinsey did to be sent off to boarding school; there are an aunt and uncle mentioned in the beginning, and while it is later revealed that the uncle was killed, there’s no explanation of what happened to the aunt; and the ending is absolutely terrible.

I don’t want to give away too many spoilers if you’re planning to watch it, but perhaps save yourself some time and just steer clear of this one.

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