Dominik Starck’s review published on Letterboxd:
DEAR MR. CARPENTER...
I get when fans of 2008's THE STRANGERS don't like this sequel since it completely changes style, tone and sub-genre. But hear me out. It's a shift like going from ALIEN to ALIENS or from DIE HARD to DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE. Sounds good?
THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT is a love letter to late 70's horror, 80's slasher and the cinema of John Carpenter and if you care for either one of those things you might as well love this movie.
Forget about suspense and home invasion. It's all about stupid character decisions, beautiful lighting and camera work, more and bloodier kills, one-liners and fantastic needle-drops.
I mean this might be the first time in a decade and change that I smiled while the killer got his victim just because of the amazing song they played.
Don't compare to the first movie. You might love this one.
(And yes, the pool sequence is as great as everybody is saying.)