I watched this movie in the theatre upon release and thankfully this sequel ditches whatever artsy agenda it was aspiring for in the original movie and re-aligns itself as a more prototypical slasher flick. I found it refreshing, not just because I love slasher movies but also because, to quote Uwe Boll, the "what you get every other fuckin' weekend type of movie" in theatres for horror these days seems to be from the supernatural, ghost, possession, demon persuasion.
The Strangers: Prey At Night does not really do anything to reinvent the slasher genre, it just goes balls out for stalk and slash with its open environment, holding back very few punches. Its retro-based soundtrack and few noticeable homages to older movies, such as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, should hearken you decades back to when the slasher genre was once booming.
We still learn next to nothing about our masked assailants, but the one line that we do hear from one of them, who answers the exact same "why are you doing this?" question that was posed in the original movie but this time opts for "Why not?" with a smirk instead of the emotionless "Because you were home" response. This may seem like an insignificant difference, but I think it's a little easier to dissect as being that they simply enjoy the thrill of doing this to people.
The pacing of the movie is good, the main victims are quite two-dimensional with their angsty attitudes but because the movie feels like more of a straight slasher rather than just being an exercise in human cruelty (which it still is to some extent), it doesn't matter so much. It's quite interesting to see who is going to get killed or who will survive, not just from the group of victims but also from the group of masked strangers. The movie still boasts its "based on true events" claim, although it provides no validation of this, even less than the first movie which felt like a marketing tool that had little merit.
I found The Strangers: Prey At Night to be a mindlessly fun and exciting, carnage-laden slasher movie.