‘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.


What We Are Watching Today: Good Girls

Updated 20 July 2018
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What We Are Watching Today: Good Girls

Netflix MENA’s latest addition, Good Girls, has humor, character development — and crime.

Three desperate mothers — sisters Beth and Annie, and their best friend Ruby — are tired of working minimum-wage jobs and having unfaithful husbands. They decide to take charge of their lives, by robbing a grocery store. What they don’t realize is that they have stepped on to some very dangerous ground.

Ruby’s relationship with her cop-to-be husband is about what millennials consider “goals,” but as they struggle to fund their ill daughter’s medical treatment and bills, Ruby’s robbery threatens their synchronicity.

It also jeopardizes Annie’s custody battle with her ex-husband over her 11-year-old daughter, Sadie — the two share a harmonious relationship, although bumpy at times, they make it work due to Sadie’s maturity. 

But when it comes to Beth, she is immediately enamored with the danger that comes with their new lives, getting herself more involved to take her mind of her husband’s unfaithfulness.

The series has been picked up for a second season in May, as the short-season concluded with only ten episodes.