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Deadly Prey (1987)

A group of sadistic mercenaries kidnap people off the streets and set them loose on the grounds of their secret camp, so the "students" at the camp can learn how to track down and kill their prey.

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David A. Prior

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David A. Prior (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... Jaimy's Father
Troy Donahue ... Don Michaelson
Ted Prior Ted Prior ... Michael 'Mike' Danton
Fritz Matthews Fritz Matthews ... Lt. Thornton
David Campbell ... Col. John Hogan
Dawn Abraham Dawn Abraham ... Sybil
William Zipp William Zipp ... Jack Cooper
Suzanne Tara Suzanne Tara ... Jaimy (as Suzzane Tara)
Thomas Baldwin Thomas Baldwin ... Hillbillie
Leo Weltman ... Hillbillie Will (as Leonard Weltman)
Peter Aston Peter Aston ... Soldier
Charles Venniro Charles Venniro ... Soldier
Timothy Elwell Timothy Elwell ... Soldier (as Jimi Elwell)
Jasper Collins Jasper Collins ... Soldier
Brian Edward O'Connor Brian Edward O'Connor ... Soldier (as Brian O'Connor)
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Colonel Hogan is a ruthless former military officer who trains a large group of former U.S. Servicement as mercenaries by having them hunt down and kill people they abduct off the streets of Los Angeles. Hogan's greedy financier Michaelson threatens Hogan to speed up the mens training or he will pull the plug on Hogan's training camp. However, Hogan and his men meet their match when their latest kidnap victim turns out to be a tough gung-ho marine named Mike Danton who despite being unarmed and hunted, he manages to decimate Hogan's men in detail. Frustrated Hogan, his tough right-hand man Thornton and personal assistant Sybil kidnap Danton's wife Jaimy to force him in the open, while Jaimy's retired police detective father tries to track down her and Danton who finds an unlikely ally in the form of a former marine buddy named Cooper who wants to help him take on all of Hogan's men. Written by matt-282

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The wargame that became a reality. See more »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1987 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A zsákmány See more »

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Troy Donahue rode a motorcycle to the set. See more »

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The rocks that Mike Danton pushes down the hillside are unrealistically square and obviously bounce like foam props. See more »

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Sybil: The colonel is talking to you, Danton!
Michael 'Mike' Danton: Kiss my ass.
Sybil: Kiss THIS!
[smacks him across the face]
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A Great Sunday Morning's Entertainment!!
5 March 2006 | by anxietyresisterSee all my reviews

Wow, this an oddity, make no mistake about it. It's typical: One minute you're at your house with your lovely lady wife taking the trash outside, next you're knocked senseless by a pipe to the back of your skull. Before you know it, you're being forced to run topless and shoeless through a forest pursued by a bunch of mercenaries in a private army who are using you as training practise. Fortunately, you're more resilient than most, being an ex-military guy yourself and in an elite faction, at that. So, with your 80's blonde mullet and your abs the size of Canada, you decide to turn the tables on your pursuers by setting up all kinds of homemade traps that anyone who hasn't seen Rambo would fall into. Will you ever get out of there alive? Can you find the person responsible for your kidnap and beat seven bells out of the scumbag? And is there a way to make worms and rats over a campfire taste any better? All will be revealed (Well apart from the last one perhaps..)

Where do I start with a movie as bizarre as this? What could have been a run of the mill action film, is transformed into something else entirely thanks to the increasingly strange proceedings. Considering these are supposed to be trained soldiers, don't they get dragged into bushes and stumble over tripwires rather easily? And why the hell is the Commander sending his men to their deaths for the sake of catching just one guy? Also, what is the point in the role of the ex-police chief father-in-law of the hero? I could also bring up the unlimited supply of bullets, and the hilariously fake explosions, but that isn't what caught my attention.

No, what I want to talk about is the ending, which features much sadism and has more than one surprise death. This sudden bloodshed is combined with a wholly inappropriate love song over the credits, which makes it a very surreal experience indeed. In fact, there is almost enough weirdness here for it to qualify as a parody, if it didn't take itself so seriously.

However, in spite of all that it manages to entertain despite itself by giving us lots of juicy scenes of shootings and maimings. The death toll is extremely high too, so expect non-stop action involving everything from knives to missile-launchers. When it had finished, I didn't feel I had wasted my time, and even admired it in a way for concluding in such an uncompromising and unpredictable fashion. 5/10 from me, and certainly worth seeing..


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