The follow up to cult-movie 'The Strangers' released back in 2008 is in the works with Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman set to star in what looks like a terrifying sequel to the hugely successful original.
The film titled 'Strangers' was announced all the way back in 2009, multiple script revisions and trouble with financing saw a hold up on the development front, pushing the release date back several times, but now - it may be finally right around the corner.
With the original boasting an impressive 82.4 million USD box office intake from a 9 million dollar USD budget, 'The Strangers' (2009) was a box office and commercial success. Reviews seemed divided, with mixed reactions from classic horror fans and film critics labelling it as 'Vile' but audiences responded in the best way possible. Applause - In the form of their voice. People loved it, and with a stale like atmosphere surrounding horror during 2008 'The Strangers' struck a cord with the modern viewership scaring them half-silly. It wasn't before long word got out about this 'scary movie that has people with sacks over their heads'. People found it truly terrifying that anyone, at anytime, could enter their home and terrorise them. People were once again locking their doors.
So forth started the long journey to 'Strangers' the desperately wanted sequel that never happened. Now with Johannes Roberts heading the picture as Director (47 Meters Down), not exactly the fans first choice of Director, but an interesting one none-the-less, is armed with Ben Ketai's screenplay based on the original written by Bryan Bertino. Early word has the synopsis as:
'When their road trip takes a turn, a family arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay in a borrowed trailer for the night, until three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit'.
Sounding very similar to the original, and seemingly paying homage to some of the fundamentals that made 'The Strangers' a terrifying experience back in 2008, 'Strangers' sounds like it's going to be a no bull***t, no nonsense, heart pounding thrill ride once again.
With the rise of Horror again in pop culture and the successful nature of 'IT' and other horror film titles it's nice to see a low-budget - 9 Million or less film - gaining some momentum and publicity. This is one film that deserves the attention. Get ready to be scared.
Principal photography began May 30 in Los Angeles, we are yet to here more.
'Strangers' is set for a 2018 release.