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The Strangers Sequel Is Real, and It Has a Teaser Trailer

By Luke Y. Thompson

The Strangers Sequel Is Real, and It Has a Teaser Trailer

Has it really been a full decade since the first The Strangers? There's been talk of a sequel ever since the offbeat, "based on true events" (i.e. loosely inspired by the Manson family) chiller about three masked intruders who like to break into people's houses and torture them to death. Granted, torture-themed horror (we refuse to call it "porn" when it isn't) is controversial, and The Strangers is both unpleasant in a deliberate way and simultaneously aiming for horror icon status with its uniquely masked killers. Arguably the best "sequel" to it was You're Next, which played like a satirical spin on the first movie.

The Strangers: Prey at Night is apparently a wholly different sequel than the one that began production in 2011 but was never released. Here's the first look at some footage, in which a young fan of the Ramones is appropriately terrorized by a Tiffany hit...just as we all were in the '80s.

Martin Henderson and Christina Hendricks are going to be among those terrorized, in a plot officially described thusly:

"A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive."

47 Meters Down's Johannes Roberts directs, and we hope he can add a bit more dramatic tension this time around. In the first film, it never felt like the main characters stood a chance, and in the end, it turned out that indeed they didn't. For horror to create effective tension, we need to believe that the leads stand a chance of getting out.

Just like this sequel finally did.

Image: Aviron Pictures