‘Strangers’ sequel ‘preys’ for another box office hit

‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ is loosely inspired by the Manson Family murders, 2008’s low-budget home invasion horror. (Video grab)
Updated 09 March 2018
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‘Strangers’ sequel ‘preys’ for another box office hit

LOS ANGELES: A man with a sack over his head brandishes a bloodied machete, cheerfully warning bystanders not to get trampled by his panicked victims, who are not really looking where they are going.
It seems somehow incongruous to be offered health and safety advice from someone who looks like they really want to stab you. But this is not a real trailer park and that is not a real knife-wielding maniac.
AFP has come to a pop-up trailer park attraction in the heart of Hollywood recreating scenes from the upcoming horror movie “The Strangers: Prey at Night,” to interview indie director Johannes Roberts about what scares him.
“I think what is genuinely scary — and is scary in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and in many, many different genres — is emotionlessness, expressionlessness,” the 41-year-old says.
“When you’re being faced with something where you can’t go, ‘Look, I’ve got a family’ or ‘I’ll give you money’ or whatever — they don’t care, you’re just getting this blank expression back — it’s a very frightening thing.”
A decade ago, a trio of maniacal masked killers, inspired by the Manson Family, ran amok in Bryan Bertino’s cult horror classic “The Strangers,” a shocking, claustrophobic home invasion hit.
“Prey at Night,” which hits US theaters on Friday, gives the enigmatic Dollface, Man in the Mask and Pin-Up Girl a bigger playground — a 56-acre mobile home park in the dense woods of northern Kentucky.


Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

Updated 19 April 2018
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Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

  • Yemeni journalist and photographer Farouk Muqbel took footage of an elderly father in Sanaa

In video footage that will pull at the heart strings of even the most hardened, a proud father can be seen giving his disabled son a piggyback during his graduation ceremony in Yemen.  

The inspiring moment of the elderly man and his son was captured by Yemeni photojournalist Farouk Muqbel, who was filming the graduation ceremony of the Al-Noor Center for the Care and Rehabilitation of the Blind in Sanaa on Wednesday.

The father’s pride can be clearly seen as he carried his son who was graduating from secondary school.

The Al-Noor center was founded in 1967 and serves over 200 students, mostly children, who have visual disabilities.

The center’s manager told Human Rights Watch in 2016 that when the conflict started on March 26, 2015, the Houthis militia set up an office on the ground floor of the kindergarten building and placed guards at the compound’s entrance.