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The Truck Will Play a Major Role in ‘The Strangers 2’

It’ll be easier next time.”

Last week, The Strangers 2 director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) compared his sequel to both John Carpenter’s Christine and even Steven Spielberg’s Duel, which sort of had us wondering what the hell he was talking about. Now we totally understand what he meant, as there’s seemingly going to be a road element to the film!

Speaking with Crave Online, Roberts expanded upon last week’s comments.

We play with the truck a lot in this one, and that’s kind of fun,” he told the site. “It has a slight Christine feel to it. That’s kind of cool. You know, The Strangers’ truck in the first one. That plays quite an iconic role in this.”

Roberts is of course referring to the Ford truck driven by the three masked maniacs, which we see at the end of Bryan Bertino’s terrifying home invasion film. On a related note, Roberts noted in the aforementioned interview that he hopes to evoke the feeling of The Strangers with its sequel, filming now.

I love the first one. I think it’s a super cool movie,” he said. “It’s really smartly put together and I think [Bertino] did a really good job of creating a really oddly paced movie. In a good way. You know, people have played with the whole mask thing since then… they haven’t really done that sort of pacing, and set it in a drama, or the feel the first one had. So it’s a great opportunity to try something a little different, for me. There’s a real grounded drama. You really buy into this family and the journey they’re going through before everything goes horribly wrong.”

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.

THE STRANGERS, from left: Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks, Laura Margolis, 2008. ©Universal Pictures



COMMENTS

6 Comments
  • J Jett

    i just hope in this film the killers (or most of them) get killed by the protagonists. with the world as messed up/depressing as it is these days, i REALLY would love for the antagonists to get their comeuppance.

    • SupernaturalCat

      Agreed. However, I can’t really even say that I’d be willing to give the sequel a viewing, the first one is so by-the-numbers atrocious in terms of Tiresome Genre Formula 101.

      Basically it’s a story that only reaches its conclusion via writing the protagonists to be as predictably rock stupid as possible. And then to go so far as to give them a 12 gauge shotgun, replete with bunches of shells …yet, they’re still unable to eliminate even one of three stalkers(!!!?) Ding-Dong-DUMB.

      I remember leaning over and saying to my wife, “watch…they’ll end up shooting the friend,” ha …and, presto! Yawn-fest.

      And that ending…it was like seeing three wholly indifferent somnambulists kill the tied up protagonists. Was their marked lethargy intended to elicit horror, or…something? Guess I just didn’t quite ‘get it’ …”it” meaning, why it was happening, why the killing was executed with such deadpan indifference, or why I’d bothered with this movie at all.

      To be fair, though, while I’m a lifelong horror fan, this story represents one of my least favorite types of story, and that is the “slasher’s” ugly twin sister–the type where the ‘scare’ of the story is supposed to lie in the suggestion that there are these thrill-kill psychopaths lurking about at every turn waiting to do you in (this likely holds greater efficacy for xenophobic Americans due to how they’re routinely propagandized to support the mass-murderous military machine)

      There are countless movies like this made these days, typically involving some dense, quasi-affluent yuppie couple who, while vacationing, or camping, or traveling, encounter Super Villains who are always written to be inexplicably several steps ahead of their perspective prey at all times. Again, just dumb. Villains are much more effective and scary when they’re not written to always be in fully in control of every situation.

      • J Jett

        SupernaturalCat, i have to admit i’ve never even seen THE STRANGERS! lol. after reading that the protagonists act idiotic just to move the plot along….(that’s one of my major pet peeves. THE STRAIN tv show has characters doing mind-numbingly stupid/unrealistic things constantly and it makes enjoying the show really difficult. LOL).

  • Wes Draven

    I didn’t like The Strangers film. I did, however, like the “Because you were home” line quite a bit.

  • Michael Hill

    We’ve already had a killer in a truck in the most excellent ROAD KILL films

  • KennyThaKilla

    The first film was shit.

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