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The Prey (1983)

R | | Horror | 4 November 1983 (USA)
Three couples go on a camping trip in the woods of southern California during the summer, where a deformed man is stalking their camp.


Edwin Brown (as Edwin Scott Brown)


Summer Brown (screenplay), Edwin Brown (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Debbie Thureson Debbie Thureson ... Nancy
Steve Bond ... Joel
Lori Lethin ... Bobbie
Robert Wald Robert Wald ... Skip
Gayle Gannes Gayle Gannes ... Gail
Philip Wenckus Philip Wenckus ... Greg
Jackson Bostwick ... Mark O'Brien
Jackie Coogan ... Lester Tile
Connie Hunter Connie Hunter ... Mary Sylvester
Ted Hayden Ted Hayden ... Frank Sylvester
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Sgt. Parsons
Carel Struycken ... The Monster


Six campers jaunt off to North Point, where they're promptly stalked and killed by a ghoulish man who ultimately is just looking for a little love. Written by Brian J. Wright <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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It's not human, and it's got an axe!




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The Prey was shot in late 1979, but was not released theatrically until the fall of 1983. See more »


Characters' voices don't match lip movement; numerous instances within the first 5-10 minutes. See more »

Alternate Versions

A longer version was released outside of the USA that includes a lengthy flashback sequence (originally intended to open the film) that replaces the "Monkey's Paw" campfire story. In this version, Joel tells the story of a charismatic gypsy named Marco who seduces a local woman named Mary. When Mary returns home with a hickey, she tells husband Jake that she was raped. Jake and his best friend head to the gypsy camp with gasoline cans and burn it to the ground. The only survivor is Marco's nephew, a "cursed" 7 year old giant named Leo who was hideously deformed by the fire. Although there were many additional actors in this sequence, none of them were credited. See more »


Referenced in Horror Business (2005) See more »

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Bloody banjo.
24 August 2009 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

In "The Prey" six young and irresponsible campers Nancy,Joel,Skip,Gail and Greg hike into the thick woods at North Point,oblivious to the fact that a nice married couple was recently axe-murdered there while camping by monstrous butcher.Before long the young adults are the prey of an unseen stalker,a deformed gypsy."The Prey" is actually better than its reputation suggests.Our mountain man is a pretty creepy killer and the death scenes are quite gory.The stock nature footage includes long views of centipedes,frogs,spiders,snakes,bugs and more.There is even awesome banjo solo played by a lonely forest ranger.The killings include axe decapitation,ripping out the throat,a sleeping bag suffocation and so on.The final ten minutes are excellent revealing the inevitable killer and displaying his intelligence.The ending is pessimistic and quite disturbing.6 out of 10.

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Release Date:

4 November 1983 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Idyllwild, California, USA

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1.85 : 1
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