“The Strangers: Prey at Night” (Aviron)
By Catholic News Service
Sadistic horror flick in which a couple (Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson), their rebellious teen daughter (Bailee Madison) and her more compliant older brother (Lewis Pullman) arrive at a lakeside trailer park to visit relatives but find the place eerily deserted. They are soon set upon by a trio of masked, marauding strangers (Damian Maffei, Emma Bellomy and Lea Enslin) engaged in a wholly unmotivated but relentless killing spree.
As the villains delight in inflicting suffering for its own sake, director Johannes Roberts’ sequel to 2008’s “The Strangers” waxes gruesome and gory. And things only deteriorate morally once the victims start to fight back since the audience is invited to revel viscerally in their brutal revenge.
Excessive bloody violence, including acts of vengeance, a couple of uses of profanity, frequent rough and occasional crude language, some sexual references, two obscene gestures. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.