First Look At "Strangers" Sequel Leaves Me Wondering ...What?

First Look At "Strangers" Sequel Leaves Me Wondering ...What?

I'm not sure if this will be good or not but I can honestly say I did not expect it.
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It seems like every few years, the film industry decides to remake an old classic, or add more to classic stories which do not need the addition. How can we, as an audience, blame them though? Audiences always love to turn up for their favorite slashers and villains, even if there are some doubts about the product. 2018 is no different in terms of sequels, as the Strangers gets it’s first sequel since initial release in 2008, and the trailer just dropped this past weekend.

For those who don’t know or may not remember, The Strangers film (starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman) was an oddity in the horror genre, and is easily one of the most chilling movies out. Even the plot is Hitchcockian in that it is so simple: a couple who are terrorized by three masked killers in the safety of their own home. The Strangers had minimal jump scares with most of the uneasiness being made through the subtle appearances of the unnamed masked leader, a few well placed bumps and jumps, an eerie skipping record, and a line that still haunts to this day:

Kristen: Why are you doing this to us?

Dollface: Because you were home.

Naturally, when a movie that stands apart from modern horror films is announced to get a sequel, there’s much to worry about.

When the Prey At Night trailer dropped, the first thing which caught my eye was the title if only because it already looked like every other slasher movie out there.

For some odd reason, I have a bad feeling this could spell the entire movie out for us just in text. Look at the two side by side. The first was minimalist like the movie itself, and the second is… loud and written in blood. This is only something I am picking up on as I am writing this, but I knew upon first watch the title bothered me and now I see why. A minor nuisance which will prove correct later on.

A Very Short Trailer Breakdown:

As I view the trailer (which can be viewed HERE) the cliches are overwhelmingly obvious as we see the rebellious teen girl and her brother, a family in an empty (abandoned?) trailer park. This is not a big issue because if one were to expect anything different, their standards are already too high. It is just something to openly accept: we will never escape these damn cliches.

Dollface(?) makes her debut in the trailer with her line: “is Tamara home?” to which she leaves abruptly. As she asks this, it’s heard in her tone that it is much more demanding and aggressive than the original which reiterates my suspicion above about it being loud and in your face, which the original was not.

We see a mirror with “hello” written repeatedly on it in red (blood? Looks like lipstick to me, but who knows!) which matches the smiley face in the movie poster. This was not in the original and is a new touch.

From then on the trailer consists of two jumpscares (counted) but the majority was the masked villains creeping on their prey as loud and noisily as possible, running, driving a truck through the home, all completed with neon lights and “I think We’re Alone Now” performed by Tiffany.

Wow.

It seems as though Stranger Things fever has hit the box office and now everyone is obsessed with bringing back the eighties, and I’m not too sure how well it will work. The original movie is so chilling because of the subtlety of the scares, and it seems my suspicions served correct as the trailer for the sequel is home to loud noises and music galore (I like the aesthetic, but following the original with this? No way.) I would even go as far as saying that Prey At Night looks to be a love child between Friday The 13th (2009), You’re Next and Purge: Election Year - but only the first half, with all the lights and the prom queen looking for her candy bar.

Personally, I have had my share of doubts since I saw the first announcement for The Strangers: Prey At Night, but my curiosity was piqued, and I believe strongly that is what they are counting on. While I don’t believe it will be nearly as impactful as the first Strangers movie, and I desperately believe that this one movie could have been left alone… I want to see how it pans out.

Sue me for my curiosity, but just because it is vastly different, I have faith that maybe something good will come out of it. It is a very modern take on the older movie, and that can only mean compromise. As a huge fan of the subtle discomfort and the skipping record, I will miss it dearly as I exchange it for loud booming music and pink flamingos, however, that cocked gun number in the trailer sold me. As someone who goes into movies like these with low expectations, I am fully prepared to be let down, but something about the look just makes me excited. Maybe it was the fantastic music choice.

It most certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and I am almost positive that when it comes down to user reviews, they may favorite the 2008 Strangers more, pretentiously or authentically. The least we can do is give it a shot. If the trailer was surprising, maybe the movie will be just the same.

And I think deep down, we all want to know if the next time will be easier.

The Strangers: Prey At Night is set for theaters on March 9th of this year.

Cover Image Credit: Screenrant.com

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.
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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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