"Prey" may have rejuvenated the Predator Franchise

Updated: Aug 11

"Prey" is An all-new action-thriller from 20th Century Studios directed by Dan Trachtenberg (“The Boys,” “10 Cloverfield Lane”) and is the latest entry in the “Predator” franchise. Currently streaming on Disney+ the prequel is set 300 years ago giving the movie a unique entry to the franchise and giving the fans a different perspective.

 

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“Prey” stars Amber Midthunder (“The Ice Road,” “Roswell, New Mexico”), newcomer Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp (“Sooyii”), Michelle Thrush (“The Journey Home”), Julian Black Antelope (“Tribal”), and Dane DiLiegro (“American Horror Stories”) as the Predator. The movie was directed by Dan Trachtenberg and written by Patrick Aison (“Jack Ryan,” “Treadstone”), with a story by Patrick Aison & Dan Trachtenberg based on characters created by Jim Thomas & John Thomas.



It's been 35 years since "Predator" first hit our screens with Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987 and a number of the other outings for the Predator since include;

  • "Predator" 1987

  • "Predator 2" 1990

  • "Predators" 2010

  • "The Predator" 2018

Not to forget;

  • "Alien Vs Predator" 2004

  • "Alien Vs Predator" 2007


Unlike the previous movies "Prey" is set 300 years ago, where the alien Predator is up against an indigenous Comanche tribe many of them skilled hunters and warriors themselves. The film with a simple back-to-basic storyline and beautiful cinematography (film at Stoney Nakoda Nation near Calgary, Alberta, Canada) adds a stylish entry to the franchise. Even the Predator is unlike the previous on-screen versions, a simple basic costume with a couple of advanced weaponry.


Dane DeLiegro as the Predator in 20th Century Studios' PREY, exclusively on Hulu. Photo by David Bukach. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Dane DeLiegro as the Predator in 20th Century Studios' PREY, exclusively on Hulu. Photo by David Bukach. © 2022 20th Century Studios. © 2022 Disney+. All Rights Reserved.
 

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Prey is a simple story of Naru (Amber Midthunder) a young Comanche woman who sets out to prove herself as a great hunter & warrior on the Great Plains. Accompanied by her trusty dog Sarii and encouraged by her proven warrior brother (Dakota Beavers), she sets out to capture her prey. Her thrilling quest to prove herself is complicated by wild animals, Gallic trappers and ultimately her prey, an alien predator with an advanced technological arsenal. The film cleverly evens the odds between an advanced alien Hunter and a teenage indigenous human.


Amber Midthunder as Naru and Dakota Beavers as Taabe in 20th Century Studios' PREY, exclusively on Hulu. Photo by © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Amber Midthunder as Naru and Dakota Beavers as Taabe in 20th Century Studios' PREY, exclusively on Hulu. Photo by © 2022 20th Century Studios. © 2022 Disney+. All Rights Reserved.

Critics agree that "Prey" has proven to be a great film capable of standing on its own, receiving 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Some comments include;


"Prey is going to go down as one of 2022’s most entertaining motion pictures." - Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
"The best Predator film since Arnie ran to the chopper, Prey strips everything down to the bare essentials to deliver a thrilling story of survival." James Luxford City AM
"Prey brings the Predator franchise back to its roots...[It's] the best entry in the series since the O.G." - Damond Fudge KCCI (Des Moines, IA)

Naru (Amber Midthunder) fighting the Predator (Dane DiLiegro) in 20th Century Studios' PREY, exclusively on Hulu. Photo by © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Naru (Amber Midthunder) fighting the Predator (Dane DiLiegro) in 20th Century Studios' PREY, exclusively on Hulu. Photo by © 2022 20th Century Studios. © 2022 Disney+. All Rights Reserved.

Without a high body count and gore, Prey serves up an entertaining action thriller. The best Predator movie since Arnie took on the alien hunter. Let's hope 20th Century executives will greenlight a sequel.


 

The Predator Replicars

Check out the range of Predator replicars produced over the year at the MRC database. Replicars by Galoob and NECA.


 

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