Understanding The Background Of Scary Things – Scary Things
It is 10:30pm back I assuredly admission at the set of The Strangers: Prey at Night. From the moment I stepped off the alike — into an apocalyptically alone all-embracing airport — I acquainted like I was walking into a abhorrence movie. A quick cab ride into the average of nowhere, arctic Kentucky, took me to the set’s abject camp, aloof accomplished a bastille at the end of a aphotic road. The set was addition car ride abroad alike added into the wilderness. Back I arrived, the awesome sounds of crickets and frogs and who-knows-what-else algid my city-girl heart, and fabricated the alone bivouac esplanade feel that abundant added foreboding.
The Strangers: Prey at Night is not absolutely a “sequel” to The Strangers, the 2008 abhorrence blur in which three masked goons alarm a brace in a alone vacation home. It sounds like Prey is set in the aforementioned “universe” as The Strangers: a ancestors on a alley cruise stops to appointment ancestors at a adaptable home esplanade and finds it abandoned… save for three accustomed masked goons. Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Martin Henderson (The Ring) comedy the parents, and Lewis Pullman (Bill’s son) and Bailee Madison (Don’t Be Abashed of the Dark) comedy the kids. “I anticipate what I admired so abundant about it is that bodies who accept apparent and admired the aboriginal cine can appear to this and it’s absolute and it’s a nod to the aboriginal one and they will feel it is in the aforementioned family,” Bailee told me amid takes. “But for those who, like me, were eight [when the aboriginal came out] and couldn’t go see it, can appear see this and be alert in the apple of The Strangers, and appropriately as terrified. So yeah, it’s a nod to the first, but additionally a accost to the new bearing of bodies that are activity to be abashed by these crazy masked killers.”
Like any acceptable abhorrence film, abundant of the cutting takes abode at night. “From an actor’s standpoint, I admired it,” Bailee enthuses. “There is article absolute accessible about night shoots. You are all emotionally in a altered abode than you are back you are alive and adequate in the daytime. I anticipate for article alarming like this, you accept to be able to admission altered emotions. At night, you are a lot added capable.”
The bivouac esplanade they are filming in doesn’t hurt, either. Assembly took over a 56-acre above adjacency on the added ancillary of the airport. Back the airport broadcast their runways, the association filed a class-action lawsuit. The airport was affected to buy out anybody active in the neighborhood. All but two homeowners — one on either end of the acreage — took the deal. The absolute structures were broken down, abrogation a around alone neighborhood. “The acreage was aloof sitting here, waiting, for Strangers,” said assembly artist Freddy Waff.
All that was there were the roads. Everything abroad — the trailers, the vehicles, the artery lights, the mailboxes — were installed by production. Waff explains that they arrested out 48 altered acclimated trailers for auction afore clearing on 22 altered structures. Alone six are staged to blur in. They are absolutely small, alone about 15-16 anxiety advanced and almost 70 anxiety long. Best of the actuality filmed central the trailers was attempt with Steadicam, but they recreated two of the trailers on a soundstage to “accommodate the trickier, air-conditioned camera actuality we capital to do.
“Some of them it looked like bodies had aloof larboard in a hurry,” Waff continues. “You never apperceive what absolutely happened, but they all affectionate of accept their own personality. This one wasn’t so bad. Some of the added ones, whatever happened in there, I didn’t absolutely appetite to know. We begin all kinds of awe-inspiring things. There was some advancing artwork, bodies had accounting things on the walls. Absolute odd.” Best of the actuality larboard abaft was austere out, but one teddy buck ashore with Waff and fabricated it into the film. “This teddy buck I begin in one of these trailers. I kicked over this bag and the buck fell out. I said, ‘Yeah, you’re activity in the movie, dude.’” Far creepier than the teddy buck is a awe-inspiring allotment of Raggedy Ann art fabricated out of yarn and fabric. This didn’t appear with the trailer; assembly stumbled aloft this “child’s acerbic cruise nightmare” in a austerity shop.
Most of the scenes I watch them blur affection Bailee agreeable at article off-camera. Dressed in a Ramones tee and ripped jeans, with anointed eye liner and jet atramentous hair, Bailee looks like the archetypal alienated teenager. “When I active on to this [movie], I capital to afford any angel of article adorable that could be affianced on Pinterest as a ‘cool outfit’ and aloof become article absolutely new and different,” she told me. “[We capital to] actualize article and not be abashed to be bedraggled and not attending appealing and not be abashed to accept a absolutely animal account of yourself out there. In these moments it’s animal and it’s absolute and it’s raw. That was fun to get to explore.”
In befitting it “real” and “raw,” Bailee does a lot of her own stunts in this film. “Cal Johnson is our achievement coordinator and he is ablaze above words,” she enthuses. “The best important affair back I active on was that I capital to be allotment of the animality as abundant as I was allotment of the appearance architecture and affecting side. That’s not article you are able to do every day. Cal said, ‘If you’re