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 »
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 »
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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