Quick! Name me 3 things that you need for a successful horror movie scene! (elevator/Jeopardy music starts playing) Well, if you said: A pool, neon lights, and the song ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler – then you win something! But – I’m guessing nobody said those things, so my prize money should be safe. Now – if you’ve seen the latest and only sequel to 2008’s home invasion flick The Strangers, aptly titled The Strangers: Prey At Night, then you know about the pool scene. Easily the best scene in the movie, according this guy writing this post, it was pretty much 5 minutes of horror moviemaking perfection. A bit of a bold statement? Yes. Probably. But fuck it, I love it. Watch below and we’ll discuss afterwards. SPOILER ALERT BTW: Somebody dies.
C’mon now, you can’t tell me that the scene you just watched didn’t give you a bit of a horror boner. Now, the rest of the movie? Not very horror boner worthy. I dug it overall, but without the pool scene – I’m walking out super limp. Ok, this is getting uncomfortable now. But anyway, the choreography for the fight scene between The Man in the Mask (Damian Maffei) and Luke (Lewis Pullman) both in and out of the pool was extremely on point. And the soundtrack of ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ playing in the background was 80’s vibe perfection (gotta love how the synthy score kicks at the end of the scene btw), enhancing the moment even more. So kudos to The Strangers: Prey At Night for giving us a great scene in a not-so-great movie! Oh – and RIP Pinup Girl.