The Strangers: Prey at Night Blu-ray Review
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Run time: 88 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50 / 1 DVD
When ‘The Strangers’ came out back in 2008, it was such a unique film, I remember feeling like I’d never seen anything like it. It certainly stuck with me long after leaving the theater. The sequel was announced almost immediately and yet for some reason we had to wait 10 years to finally see it. So was it worth the wait? You better believe it was.
This film is nothing short of chaos. There isn’t a single poor scene in the film. Each and every one of them is like a little mini masterpiece. A lot of that stems from the characters. They are perfectly created. They are flawed (thus realistic) and yet likeable and relatable at the same time. This is a crucial element to what makes this film so good, because I desperately wanted these characters to survive.
The same trio of villains are back again and they are even more menacing this time around. They are relentless in their pursuit and it has to be said that the pacing of this film can take your breathe away. There is also a jump-scare (I’m not sure it even used music, simply the visual and a line of dialogue) that is unquestionably one of the most effective I’ve ever seen.
Movie Content: 9/10
The print is presented in 1080p/VC-1 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. “Strangers: Prey at Night” is a very impressive looking film on Blu-ray and follows suite with the original release on Blu-ray. Colors are deep and well saturated throughout the entire presentation. The color red really takes center stage in this film as we see the color red throughout splatter on walls, the ground, screen, etc. Blacks are strong and almost inky at times. Nowhere did the image ever appear soft with such strong colors and black levels. Flesh tones were also natural. There is some subtle grain in a few scenes, but never a distraction. Fans of the original film will not be disappointed.
Video Quality: 9.5/10
The audio mix is presented in DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix. The beginning of the film really sets the stage for the entire film with some interesting effects. The soundfield is immersive at all times no matter if it is the special effects or dialogue. I was literally amazed with the amount of panning from each speaker in the rears. It sounded as if there were all kinds of action going on in the room with all of the chaos that was going on as the trio kept taking out victim after victim. Bass was punchy as it shows with the amount of effects. Dialogue is also well placed in the center channel sounding crisp and clear.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
- Alternate Ending [HD]
- Music Video [HD]
- A Look Inside The Strangers: Prey at Night [HD]
- Family Fights Back [HD]
- The Music of The Strangers: Prey at Night [HD]
Special Features: 8/10
It’s very rare to see slasher films released in this day and age due to the huge market for supernatural horror movies, however when if you’re a true horror fan and like both ends of the spectrum then this movie is definitely for you.
Overall Rating: 9/10