First Glance: “Prey”

John McTiernan’s 1987 action classic “Predator” has long been a favorite of mine. It’s one of my favorite action films of the 1980s and it remains my favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for the sequels that followed. Hollywood has tried several times to bring the series back to life, but they’ve never come close to the greatness of the original. But now they’re giving it another shot. This time by heading 300 years into the past.

“Prey” from director Dan Trachtenberg centers around a young Comanche woman who goes head-to-head with the alien predator who has come to earth to hunt. Amber Midthunder plays Naru, a Comanche warrior who is dismissed as weak by those from her own tribe. But when the predator threatens her people, it’s Naru who must step up and protect her own. The first full trailer looks wild and it gives hope that we may finally get a “Predator” movie worthy of the first one. Interestingly, 20th Century Studios is releasing it straight to streaming which is cause for concern. Still, it looks like a lot of fun.

“Prey” premieres August 5th exclusively on Hulu. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

5 thoughts on “First Glance: “Prey”

  1. I saw the trailer for this film this morning after I had finished my therapy session (something I do four times a year but it’s helpful). HOLY FUCK!!!! I want to fucking see this. This looks cool as fuck. Plus, I thought that was Aubrey Plaza at first. I gasped the moment I saw those 3 lights as I was like “PREDATOR!” Now that’s how you sell a film.

  2. I’m definitely checking this out, as it looks like a creative makeover for the Predator franchise. I loved the original with Arnold and consider it an ’80s action classic. I even enjoyed the campy and trashy sequel as a guilty pleasure. But the rest of the franchise had diminishing returns. But like you stated, I’m baffled that they’re releasing this on Hulu. I should mention that I’m intrigued that Dan Trachtenberg directed this. I really enjoyed his twisty “10 Cloverfield Lane” Twilight Zone-inspired flick. I hope he can work that same mysterious magic here.

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