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16 years ago, “The Strangers” became a summer hit, finding its place as a creepy chiller among the blockbusters, acquiring a surprisingly vocal fanbase. Industry hiccups prevented an immediate sequel, with one finally materializing in 2018’s “The Strangers: Prey at Night.” The sequel wasn’t nearly as popular as the original (despite being an arguably stronger film), but it made money, and that’s the primary motivation for horror producers. The brand name is back, with “The Strangers: Chapter 1” the first of three new stories in a one-note world, with the masked trio returning to kill more hapless victims in the slowest of ways. The first endeavor is basically a remake of the 2008 picture, with director Renny Harlin (who hasn’t been an effective helmer in decades) in charge of getting the franchise back up and running, offering no noticeable imagination, pace, and performances while doing so. If this is all “Chapter 1” can offer, it’s going to be a long year with the trilogy. Read the rest at


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