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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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In Vietnam, he was the best... He still is! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1987 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A zsákmány See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Troy Donahue rode a motorcycle to the set. See more »

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When Mike Danton blows up the helicopter, the film very obviously cuts from a helicopter against a bright blue sky to a generic explosion against a black background. See more »

Quotes

Sybil: He went through our men like they just were toy soldiers.
Col. John Hogan: Heh. Compared to him they're not even that good. Not yet.
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Good Mullets, Evil Mullets… Deadly Mullets everywhere!
4 January 2010 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

One could easily write off "Deadly Prey" as another uninspired and shamelessly exploitative variation on the famous theme introduced by "The Most Dangerous Game" in 1933. Yes, it's indeed the umpteenth film that basically just revolves on hunting down humans in a forestry region for nothing more than testosterone kicks. However, and this is obviously a lot closer to my own personal opinion, one could also claim that "Deadly Prey" is one of the absolute craziest, most outrageous and hilariously inept B-movies ever made! Just read some of the other reviews around here. All these good people aren't lying or exaggerating when they state their stomachs hurt from laughing nearly the entire time. In spite of the absurd plot and downright impossible situations, everything is served to us in a tone that is dead serious and by a devoted cast that deliver their lines with straight faces no matter how retarded they sound. The violence is explicit and brutal but it actually provokes chuckles instead of shocks and the film literally bathes in a completely wrong 80's ambiance. What does that mean? Well, multiple characters – goodies and baddies – with mullets, of course, god-awful music and girls in over-sized pink shorts. Seriously, I've seen some really bonkers and unhinged cinematic trash over the years, but after seeing "Deadly Prey" I can be sure of it. I can die a happy horror/cult fanatic (though preferably sixty or more years from now, of course)

Down in the gigantic Californian woods, about 70 miles away from Los Angeles, the slightly deranged and dishonorably discharged military commander Don Michaelson is raising a private army of mercenaries. Michaelson doesn't believe in traditional training methods and role plays, however, and thus he sends his first Lieutenant out to the city to pick random people from the streets with the intention to let them loose in the woods and have his trainees hunt them down. Since this is such a massively illegal and immoral operation, you would think that Michaelson keeps his activities secretive, but hell no! He has hundreds of wannabe mercenaries working for him, none of which seem to object to the idea of killing innocent people, and more hi tech equipment than the real American army! Anyway, in his search to finally find a worthwhile opponent, Lieutenant Mullet … err, I mean Thornton kidnaps the athletically built Mike Mullet. Sorry, I mean Mike Danton. Big mistake, as Mickey once was an unstoppable Vietnam warrior himself. Moreover, he was Major Michaelson's most gifted trainee before he went bananas. Being a master of camouflage (he crawls up the worlds' smallest trees) and an expert in primitive weaponry (he impales an enemy on a twig), Danton exterminates about ten dozens of mercenaries before Michaelson gets the brilliant idea to abduct Mickey's sexy blond girlfriend Jamie and rape her. Now he's really angry.

Sheer awesomeness, that's "Deadly Prey", I tell you! Movies like these have one massive trump over the vast majority of other movies and that is unpredictability! Literally everyone is dispensable in this sort of films and all characters have an equal chance of dying (usually they all do die anyway), so it's just a matter of when exactly and in which imaginative ways. And boy, are the kills ever imaginative! There's plenty of machine gun artillery, bare knuckle fights, explosive booby traps and wielding knives, but nothing – and I do mean NOTHING EVER – compares to the sight of Mike Denton ripping off his opponent's arm and beating him to death with it before scalping his mullet! Is that brilliant or what? Our hero, Ted Prior and brother of writer/director David Prior, is a joyously stereotypical beefcake with fists of steel but nevertheless his heart in the right place. B-movie veteran Cameron Mitchell receives top billing for making a brief appearance as the girlfriend's father who starts his own private investigation and quickly fails. The moments of uncontrollable laughter are only outnumbered by the amount of nameless extras dying by the hand of our invincible hero. Mullet-power, dammit!


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