Such a frustrating disappointment
I really wanted to like this movie. I feel terribly cynical trashing it, and that's why I'm giving it a middling 5. Actually, I'm giving it a 5 because there were some superb performances.
The acting is good, and the firecracker script has some excellent ideas.
This movie is very watchable and was pretty well executed. The music was complimentary and it definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. I liked it better than the 1st movie. Some things wern't very realistic and annoyed me but it's a slasher movie, (victims are always dumb) Best time to watch this would be at night with dim lighting and no distractions.
After seeing this movie and reading the reviews, I was totally scared by it. What's even more horrifying is that its based on true events. Yes the acting was somewhat comedic with the family barely having survival skills, not keep their phones on them (granted I think the mom was tired of the lack of family connection and wanted the phones off) and not hiding better. Why the daughter was allowed to run off as she did, I dont know. My butt would have been blistered if I spoke to and acted towards my mom as the daughter did. Those strangers were dang freaky and always popping up, you thought there was more than three. The music was classic. Crazy to die by an air supply or bonnie Tyler sappy song. Sounds like the strangers have relational issues, to say the least. I thought it was great but frustrating. Now leading to a part 3.
To be honest: I kind of liked it. Really. I know that it's not Oscar-winning material, it surely isn't the best horror-flick that I've ever seen, but all considered it's actually not bad at all. It has a very creepy atmosphere, the pace is exactly right, the anonymous killers are menacing and sinister and there is a fair amount of violence and gore. The members of the family (both parents and the son and daughter) all get some personal depth, especially the daughter, so you really care what happens with them. And the script gives us a whole series of (obligatory) almost-endings until the final ending, but these are nicely done. The whole thing kept me up the edge of my chair until the end and the very last scene was surprisingly poignant: after all these ordeals the girl will understandably have a trauma for a big part of her life and that gave her reaction to the knock on the door a nice authentic touch, in spite of the obvious intention of the makers to suggest that maybe the horror starts again. The acting of all four main characters is fine, with special mention of young Bailee Madison en Lewis Pullman, who do a great job.
My only reservation lies in the very core of this kind of harassment-movies: the assailants stay anonymous and their motives completely hidden. In spite of the fact that in the end you are very well entertained, it does leave you with a gnawing feeling of disappointment and resentment. Do movie-makers really want their audience to feel like that?! I always wonder if writers in such cases have serious artistic reasons to choose for open endings like this, or that they are lazy and simply don't care what the public feels out-of sheer arrogance.
Well, apart from that, I still rank it 8 out of 10.
I almost didn't watch this one due to such poor ratings. I would be missing out on the most fun horror in this year so far. I watched the first movie the day before watching Prey at Night and I can easily say this one was so much better. In terms of horror the first part was better in quality when it comes to tension and the main characters. This movie was over all entertaining, fun, exciting and completely different from the previous one. These two movies are IMO completely different genres. This is a classic slasher with an amazing 80's feel that will stick to you throughout the whole thing. There are scenes that are memorable and will make you jump out your seat! Scenes that will be remembered as original, authentic and amazingly well done.
The only lame thing about this movie is that if you aren't patient, the beginning of it may seem unappealing because the acting and story of the main characters is not really complex or original. The acting is a bit stiff at first as well...A bit of cliche here and there too. But as it progresses, oh boy that gets forgotten easily!
I recommend this movie to all old school slasher fans, don't mind the bad reviews, you'll be missing out! This movie legit made me write my first review in order to let the audience know it is not a bad move.