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‘The Strangers 2’ Director Says the Sequel Has a John Carpenter Influence

Liv Tyler stars in Rogue Pictures' terrifying suspense thriller THE STRANGERS.

I’m not convinced that any horror filmmaker has influenced other horror filmmakers more than John Carpenter, whose past work has become particularly influential to filmmakers of today. Recent hits such as It Follows and “Stranger Things” were oozing with Carpenter inspiration, and it looks like the sequel to Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers will be cut from a similar cloth.

Johannes Roberts, who unleashes 47 Meters Down this weekend, is currently filming The Strangers 2, and he says that Carpenter was a huge influence on it.

I’m in week two of filming. It looks absolutely incredible,” Roberts told Dread Central. “I love Bertino’s film, I think it’s an amazing movie and tonally this movie is going to fit very well into that universe. It has a real strong emotional heart, which the first one did, and it has a very cool retro feel to it, a lot of sort of references to… I mean, I always bring a lot of John Carpenter with me because that’s what I grew up on, but also maybe going back a bit earlier to the seventies movies, from Don’t Look Now to Duel, the Spielberg movie, even Christine a bit, the John Carpenter movie.”

He continued, “All of these influences are finding their way into the movie, but I think it’s going to be a real fantastic movie. I’m super excited about it.”

In the sequel, scripted by Bertino and Ben Ketai…

The film follows a family whose road trip takes a turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park and after the power goes out they decide to hunker down for the night in a borrowed trailer. Under the cover of darkness, three familiar masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit.

Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman star.

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  • Khy

    My body is ready.
    I just hope the characters are less stupid than in the first. Only thing that bothered my re-watch- the stupid choices they made. I know that’s kinda how horror goes but still…

    • Vesuvian Villain

      Doesn’t that statement bum you out sometimes? It’s completely accurate and I get that horror victims have to make conveniently stupid decisions, but you’d think if the writers just put in a bit more effort they could find a way for characters to make completely logical decisions but still fall prey. I think when that kind of thing happens it shows and makes you care about the character more because they’re relatable, which means more impact when they’re killed. It’s rough being a horror fan.

      • Khy

        Exactly. I understand people don’t always make the brightest choices under pressure but some things are just so far out of the realm of realism that you can’t help but shake your head.

        You’re staying in a house in the middle of nowhere, your nearest neighbor is such a ways away their house can’t even be seen and yet you get a knock at your door at 3am from some woman not making any sense and after she leaves you decide it would be the perfect time to leave your girlfriend alone while you travel God knows how many miles to go get a pack of cigs? What? Knowing any one could be lurking on that giant dark property?

        So much that just didn’t make sense. The writing was terrible. I still love the film because the direction is great and I love the killers and their looks but The Strangers is something a sequel could easily improve upon and I hope they do. I really do. But you’re right, they need to do better with this stuff. One reason why I disliked Cloverfield, characters making stupid choices.

        • Vesuvian Villain

          Totally agree, sometime we should try to narrow down a top ten of the dumbest decisions in the best horror movies. Off the top of my head, 28 Days Later. Why in the holy shit would you use the dark ass tunnel full of cars? Not even cautiously, just bumbling in there rolling over shit, crashing your only reliable vehicle? What the actual fuck? I can’t even watch that part, it just doesn’t fit an otherwise awesome movie.

        • THE God

          Lol I still loved the movie but yes in reality none of us would have done that. The thing that irked me was the rifle scene when he blows his friends head off. Any and everybody would have waited to shoot the culprits once they entered that narrow doorway.

          • DannX68

            THIS was THE most annoying scene in a movie loaded with them!

        • Buk Lau

          You need to consider the time the movie was set in is 1969, not 2017 or 2008 when it came out. The world was completely different back then. People hitchhiked, kids ran the streets at all hours of the night with no supervision, and if someone showed up at your door babbling nonsense at 3AM you just assumed they were having a bad trip. The decisions that they made by today’s standards were stupid but were true for the time. Listen to some true crime podcasts or watch some shows about crimes that take place around the 70s and 80s and you’ll see that these things were pretty common and wouldn’t have been thought anything of.

          • Khy

            What are you talking about? The movie was set in 2005. I find it funny that you are sooo observant of the time period but yet you can’t realize there were no cellphones in 1969…or the fact that it says it takes place in 2005 in big bold letters in the beginning.

            I think you’re the one having a bad trip.

          • Buk Lau

            I know cellphones didn’t exist in 69. I saw the movie one time when it came out and it didn’t leave a lasting impression with me so I don’t remember much besides basic plot. I remember more of the events of the film feeling timeless as if they could have happened any time at all and I know the events were inspired by the Manson murders which did take place in 69. Naturally I assumed the film was set in 69 too. That doesn’t change the fact that since the 90s it became very popular to criticize dumb choices by characters that are a common genre trope and I think many of those dumb choices were products of their time. If people made the most rational choices in these movies then they would be five minutes long or wouldn’t exist.

          • Khy

            For crying out loud would you quit blabbering on and on? You’re the type of idiot that loves to hear themselves talk even though it makes no sense. If you read my original post I chalked up alot of the dumb choices to simply being “a horror movie”- you’re the one who felt the need to provide such a deep analysis and yet you were dumb enough to think cellphones existed in 1969.

            I love the film but that being said a lot of the writing was not well thought out and there are alot of actual errors and not just logical ones either. Of course if characters made all the right choices that would make a lot of horror films not work but having them do dumb action after dumb action isn’t effective either.

            Just stop while you are behind. There’s no debate here

          • Buk Lau

            Why are you being a dick? There’s no blabbering on when it’s text. You don’t have to read everything. Close your eyes and walk away. It’ll be ok, sweaty.

            It was a mistake. If you weren’t such a dick I would’ve said sorry, I fucked up and left it at that. You keep saying I’m “dumb” enough to think cellphones existed in 69 after I already corrected it and explained myself. You’re still pushing it. It’s an 11 year old movie that I saw once and didn’t care about. What I was trying to say wasn’t even about the movie but how people judge everything. It’s not a debate. You can have different opinions without turning it into an argument. Not everybody on the internet wants to fight with you. Especially when your only argument is “but you said a thing and it was wrong lol you’re stupid.”

          • Khy

            Stop fucking replying to me you stupid bitch!

            Fuck off

          • Buk Lau

            LOL fucking idiot.

          • Creepshow

            I don’t know what movie you watched, because I saw plenty of bell bottoms and pork chop sideburns. : P

          • Khy

            Only answer to this supposed 1969/bell bottoms version of the movie is we must live in parallel universes.

            A world where cellphones existed in 1969.

          • Creepshow

            Yup. We also had fidget spinners and Kardashians too.

    • DannX68

      Only on the re-watch? I only saw it once and rolled my eyes over their idiotic choices. I hate this movie, not going to bother with part 2.

    • Eastman420

      Yeah if this happened to me it would be a very long and boring movie. Sit in the room with your shotgun pointed at the door and dont f-ing move. Simple as that.

  • Anthony Gulino

    cannot fucking wait !!!

  • MaryMaria


  • I’m not optimistic about this sequel because the director did a lot of weak movies. He also directed 47 Meters Down, I’ve seen it and it’s not good at all.

  • DarkBree

    Of course she will say good things about the movie. I didn’t like the first one, so not excited at all.

  • Biscoito18

    I have to watch it again. I barely remember it but I remember that I liked the ending.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Finally 11 years later!!! Good to know it’s actually in the filming stages already, can’t wait!!

    • AdamX

      I don’t think it has been ten yet to be honest.

    • CUJO

      I haven’t read the article, but wouldn’t you say that the original had a Carpenter influence, too?

  • Bobby1181

    You’re Next has ruined me on these type of movies forever. Unless this movie is going to be straight up Assault on Precinct 13, then I’m not by it.

  • Reece Catlin

    Loved the first movie! this and Vacancy!

  • Reece Catlin

    This sounds a bit like 2006’s Rest Stop!!!
    The film follows a family whose road trip takes a turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park and after the power goes out they decide to hunker down for the night in a borrowed trailer. Under the cover of darkness, three familiar masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit.

  • Joseph Mayfield

    I loathed the first one, it should have been called: “pull the trigger asshole, you have a shot gun and they don’t.”

  • Alyssa Petrovna ❌⭕❌⭕

    I can’t wait to see Christina Hendricks lug her big fat tits around

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