A man with a sack over his head brandishes a bloodied machete, cheerfully warning bystanders not to get trampled by his panicked victims, who aren’t really looking where they’re going.
It seems somehow incongruous to be offered health and safety advice from someone who looks like they really want to stab you. But this isn’t a real trailer park and that isn’t a real knife-wielding maniac.
AFP has come to a pop-up trailer park attraction in the heart of Hollywood recreating scenes from the upcoming horror movie “The Strangers: Prey at Night,” to interview indie director Johannes Roberts about what scares him.
“I think what is genuinely scary — and is scary in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and in many, many different genres — is emotionlessness, expressionlessness,” the 41-year-old says.
“When you’re being faced with something where you can’t go, ‘Look, I’ve got a family’ or ‘I’ll give you money’ or whatever — they don’t care, you’re just getting this blank expression back — it’s a very frightening thing.”
A decade ago, a trio of maniacal masked killers, inspired by the Manson Family, ran amok in Bryan Bertino’s cult horror classic “The Strangers,” a shocking, claustrophobic home invasion hit.
“Prey at Night,” which hits US theaters on Friday, gives the enigmatic Dollface, Man in the Mask and Pin-Up Girl a bigger playground — a 56-acre mobile home park in the dense woods of northern Kentucky.
When Cindy (Christina Hendricks) and Mike (Martin Henderson) take their rebellious teenage daughter Kinsey (Bailee Madison) and son Luke (Lewis Pullman) on a road trip, an ordinary family excursion becomes their worst nightmare.
Upon arrival at the secluded park, a knock on their trailer door leads to a seemingly inescapable night of terror as the masked strangers emerge from the darkness, determined to kill.