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‘The Strangers: Chapter 1’ Review: Home-Invasion Series Hasn’t Overstayed Its Welcome

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Michael Nordine If a young woman ever knocks on your door late at night and asks “Is Tamara home?”, then consider moving. All three home invasions in the world of “The Strangers” have begun this way, and none have ended well for whoever answered.

It took a decade for the door to first knock again in the form of the 2018 sequel “The Strangers: Prey at Night,” by which time the original sleeper hit from 2008 had evolved into something of a cult classic.

Now, six years since that follow-up showed audiences the further exploits of the eponymous masked trio of home invaders, horror’s slowest-moving franchise has quite the pep in its step: “The Strangers: Chapter 1” is the first of three installments set to release within the next year, with the entire prequel trilogy directed by journeyman filmmaker Renny Harlin.

It’s also off to a promising enough start, especially as the end of “Chapter 1” makes it clear that the next two entries will be continuations of the story introduced here rather than standalone narratives.

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