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First Film in ‘The Strangers’ Reboot Trilogy Already Finished

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The 2008 horror film is receiving a new trilogy

You would be forgiven if you had forgotten about the 2008 home-invasion horror film The Strangers. The original film was written and directed by Bryan Bertino and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film stars Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, and horror hounds were introduced to three masked killers: the Man in Mask, Dollface, and Pin-Up Girl. Although not initially a beloved film – scoring 49% with critics on Rotten Tomatoes and 48% with audiences – the film went on to gross $82 million at the box office on a $9 million budget.

A sequel was quickly greenlit in August 2008 but would take 10 years to see the light of day. Directed by Johannes Roberts with a screenplay written by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai, the sequel, The Strangers: Prey At Night, was released to little fanfare. Having a budget of $5 million, the movie grossed $32 million at the box office. Not only did the sequel have lower box office results, the film received worse reviews. Nonetheless, Lionsgate saw something in the franchise and decided not only to greenlight one more film but three more at once.

Who’s starring?

The film is set to star Madelaine Petsch (popularized by her role on the hit CW series Riverdale), with Froy Gutierrez, Gabriel Basso, Rachel Shenton, Ema Horvath, Ella Bruccoleri, Ryan Bown, and Ben Cartwright. Reports have yet to detail how many of these cast members will be involved in the second or third films. The first film in the trilogy is directed by Renny Harlin, with the screenplay written by Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland.

Synopsis

Little is known about the story of the three new films. The first film is set to follow a couple, played by Madelaine Petsch and Froy Gutierrez, as they take a cross-country trip to the Pacific Northwest. During the trip, the pair’s car breaks down, forcing them to spend the night in an Airbnb, only to be terrorized by the three masked strangers. 

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When will it be released?

As of now, the films have not been given specific release dates, but the studio has confirmed that at least the first film will be released sometime in 2024. The studio has been packaging the films as “The Strangers Trilogy,” leading some to speculate that the entire trilogy will be released throughout 2024. This wouldn’t be the first time a studio released a whole trilogy of films, as Netflix released their Fear Street trilogy back in 2021 over the span of a few weeks. However, the Fear Street films were released on streaming, whereas The Strangers Trilogy has been confirmed to be getting theatrical releases. 

Fans will be able to get their first look at the new films at New York Comic Con in October. Director Renny Harlin and producer Courtney Solomon are scheduled to be included in the teaser on October 12. It is expected that an official release date and trailer will be announced here, with the possibility of more information for the rest of the trilogy as well. 

Stay tuned for more updates on The Strangers Trilogy.

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The Strangers (2008) Universal Pictures Official Trailer 

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Mason Kupiainen is a recent Butler University graduate with a degree in Creative Media and Entertainment. His work has been published in Butler Collegiate, The Mall, and Byte BSU. Along with written work, he has a videography portfolio with Indy Blue Video, Byte BSU, and Ball Bearings.
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Matt Keyser is a recent graduate of Cal State Fullerton University with a bachelor's in Communications-Journalism. He is a freelance entertainment reporter with a focus on film and television. As a former senior programming coordinator for the Newport Beach Film Festival, Matt's experience with critiquing narratives and documentaries has helped showcase his passion for television and cinema through his writing.