Arnie’s best movie (arguably, don’t fight us n it) might have just been eclipsed by its own prequel. Prey, the latest film to release as part of the iconic Predator franchise, is getting major praise since releasing on Hulu and Disney+. If the reviews are to be believed, Prey might be the best Predator film to date, currently sitting at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes after over 170 industry reviews. Even Eric Kripke, writer and producer on the hit Amazon Prime series The Boys, tweeted that it is “the best Predator film since the original, no contest.” He then went on to add that it might even be his favourite Predator film ever but acknowledges that this might be a “hot take.”
However, Kripke isn’t the only one to label Prey as the best in the franchise in their review, with Bloody Disgusting’s editor in chief John Squires also sharing praise for the film. As a prominent figure in the horror genre scene, Squires’ recognition is particularly important given this film is reportedly one of the more gruesome and horrifying Predator films.
Before the release of Prey, the last entry in the Predator franchise was the 2018 film The Predator. Unfortunately, it was both a commercial and critical flop, grossing just over $160 million worldwide. Prey being received positively in so many reviews is a clear indication that this film is a return to form for the franchise. The original 1987 classic, starring Arnold Swchazernagger, is beloved by action and horror fans. Since its release, the franchise has struggled to replicate the success or quality of the original.
This new film is also breaking new ground thanks to its lead actor as well as its setting. Prey serves as a sort of prequel to previous Predator movies and is set in the Comanche Nation, 300 years ago. The main character of the film Naru, played by Amber Midthunder, is a young Comanche woman who finds herself on the path to becoming a hunter. In the process, Naru falls into a deadly hunt, caught in a cat and mouse game with the iconic figure that is the Predator. As part of fully immersing the audience in the setting of the film, the original script for Prey had all the dialogue written in the Numic language spoken by the Native American tribe.
Producer of the film, Jhane Myers told Digital Spy about the initial vision for the film and why things were altered during production, stating “originally, when the film was written, the first script I had, across the top it said ‘All dialogue in Comanche’, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, yes’.”
Myers then confirmed that director Dan Trachtenberg had “originally pitched” the prequel as a Comanche movie to studios. However, a merger eventually side-lined the idea. For those who do want to enjoy the film how it was originally intended to be experienced, a Comanche dub has been made available to viewers when they watch Prey on Disney+ and Hulu.
#PreyMovie is one of the most exciting things I've seen from a horror franchise in years. Very much a Predator movie, but very much something new. Simple, primal, back to basics storytelling that knocks the thematic & emotional resonance out of the park. It's EXCELLENT. pic.twitter.com/89nFhD3VpP
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) July 30, 2022