This 10-years-later sequel to one of the staples of the home-invasion horror subgenre is aggravatingly typical, with baffling lapses in logic, dumb characters, and annoying, all-powerful killers. The original The Strangers (2008) wasn't good (or well-received by either critics or viewers), but it still made lots of money. Thus, the sequel, The Strangers: Prey at Night, which is completely unnecessary other than as an investment. Director Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door, 47 Meters Down), starts things off promisingly, with a 1980s-style title card and a creepy, 1980s-style synthesizer score, as well as some ironically chosen '80s pop songs. He even includes a De Palma-like split-screen shot.
But the movie disintegrates quickly from there. It has predictable jump scares and clichés like the lone, creaking swing on the swing set. The characters aren't very smart, and their dialogue never really rings true. Unbelievably, all four of them leave their trailer without taking their phones. And they're always poking around where they shouldn't be, facing the wrong direction, or running from danger in plain sight. The killers, on the other hand, are inhumanly imperturbable, with nary a drop of adrenaline affecting their actions. They're also able, supernaturally, to be anywhere, at any time, and to know where their victims are at all times. There's no suspense and no horror. It's all just crushingly dull.