‘The Strangers: Chapter 1’: Relaunching the Franchise That Terrified a Generation

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The Strangers is getting a trilogy of films from Lionsgate, 15 years after the release of the original psychological horror film that terrified audiences and millennials alike.

Taking place in the same timeline as 2008’s The Strangers and its sequel, The Strangers: Prey at Night, The Strangers: Chapter 1 will follow a couple that is plagued by the iconic masked murders on a road trip.

Originally played by Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks, and Laura Margolis who tormented Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler, the three home invaders take on a new couple, played by Madelaine Petsch and Froy Gutierrez.

In the latest clip, Petsch’s character warily answers a forceful, harrowing knock at the door, where a faint voice asks the haunting and iconic line, “Is Tamara home?” Concurrently, as Petsch’s back is turned, a dark figure passes by her, hinting that the trio has already broken into the house, and their torture has only just begun.

This callback to the original films is chilling and serves up fan service while maintaining originality.

Additionally, Lionsgate has released the poster of the first chapter in the trilogy, offering a first look at the infamous masks of the strangers themselves.

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The new poster offers a slightly different spin on the masks and those behind them in comparison with the 2008 classic, piquing curiosity if they’re the same strangers from the previous films, or new ones completely.

Watch the first clip of The Strangers: Chapter 1 below.