A movie doesn’t have to be 100% horror all the time to be effective in the horror realm. Sometimes it’s just as much of an action or sci-fi flick as it is horror. As is the case with today’s movie, which also throws in a nice helping of history too. If you haven’t heard of Prey by now, you really don’t pay much attention to genre movies. Ever since it dropped a few months ago, I’ve probably had more conversations about this incredible Predator sequel than any other movie. Here’s the brief synopsis from imdb.
Naru, a skilled warrior of the Comanche Nation, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.
There are a ton of reasons why Prey has been such a massive success. A main one is definitely due to the incredible direction by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane is phenomenal). The next is for sure the genius choice to go back in time to the Comanche Nation for our storyline. But to me the key reason why this movie works so well can be summed up in a single word — simplicity. If you don’t count the Alien vs Predator hybrid movies (meh), Prey is technically the 5th Predator film. And yet, to me, this is the very best one since the original. The reason why is because it really did go back to the simple formula of the original. It didn’t get wallowed down in a ton of sci-fi details, instead focusing on a different time period of our history, and how they would tackle this threat. It’s beautiful, it’s brutal, and it’s got a hero that you root for with all your heart. There’s really not much more I can say about this movie other than if you haven’t seen Prey yet, see it immediately.
Where to Watch: Streaming on Hulu
Food/Drink Pairing: Venison and wild berries