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Prey (2016)

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A zoo veterinarian gets caught up in a grisly adventure as she finds herself leading the city-wide hunt for a monstrous lion terrorizing the Dutch capital of Amsterdam.

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Dick Maas

Writer:

Dick Maas
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Cast

Credited cast:
Abbey Hoes ... Meisje in Fietstunnel
Mark Frost Mark Frost ... Jack
Mamoun Elyounoussi Mamoun Elyounoussi ... Roti-bezorger
Sophie van Winden ... Lizzy
Ko Zandvliet Ko Zandvliet ... Jongen Boerderij
Julian Looman ... Dave
Victor Löw ... Neef / Hobbyjager
Kees Boot ... Angstige Golfer
Roosmarijn van der Hoek ... Meisje in Speelplaats
Britte Lagcher Britte Lagcher ... Woordvoerdster Politie
Mike Libanon ... Ambulance Broeder
Jessica Zeylmaker ... Moeder Boerderij / Boerin
Wesley Mutsaars ... Politieagent
Lobke de Boer Lobke de Boer ... Meisje Boerderij
Rogier Schippers Rogier Schippers ... Hotelgast
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A zoo veterinarian gets caught up in a grisly adventure as she finds herself leading the city-wide hunt for a monstrous lion terrorizing the Dutch capital of Amsterdam.

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

13 October 2016 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,530,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,820,723
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Realizing the movie's animal antagonist proved to be a challenge. Using a real, living lion was not possible, since filming with wildlife is prohibited in the Amsterdam city area (it would not have been a good option anyway, as male lions are notoriously lazy and difficult to rouse into action). The crew then contacted fellow Dutchman Erik De Boer, whose company was responsible for the computer-generated tiger in Life of Pi (2012). However, De Boer calculated that one scene alone with a fully computer-generated lion would cost about a million dollar (one-third of the entire budget). The crew then turned to a Dutch special effects company, who built a very detailed, manually operated animatronic lion for the close-up scenes. A computer-generated lion was used for a few scenes that showed the creature in full. See more »

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Save your money for an actual trip to the zoo
12 October 2016 | by mohamudsnijderSee all my reviews

You can't blame Dick Maas for not trying. This movie is probably not going to disappoint you if you're are a fan of his much older work. You might think Maas learned from his past mistakes, but his directing style is not going anywhere and it is still utterly horrible. The whole plot (or lack there of) is awfully slow, nothing really happens until the lion shows up and after that the whole film seems oddly paced. I won't go into details to avoid spoilers. The lion was supposed to be done entirely with digital effects, but because of the lack of budget they had to resort to animatronics, for which you could applaud the makers. Sadly, everything falls apart quickly. Whenever you see the lion, it's never believable. Not only because of how it looks, but also it's behavior. The action is entirely unsatisfying and the whole movie falls flat after the hour mark. The acting ranged from horrible to decent, which might add to the camp factor of the movie.

This movie was supposed to fall into the "So Bad It's Good" category, like most of Maas' films, but this genre is overrun by movies that made this an art form (look at the library of "The Asylum", movies like "Sharknado" and it's sequels). This movie doesn't get to that standard. What you do get is a movie that doesn't know what it wants to be, a thriller, a horror, a comedy or an action movie. Selling a movie on just the idea of a lion going on a rampage in Amsterdam isn't something you can base a complete movie on this way in 2016.

It comes down to a nice try to revive the 80's bad horror movie, something Sam Raimi recently achieved beautifully with his Evil Dead franchise. But you need more self-awareness as a filmmaker to get this to work in this day and age.

The movie supposedly cost around 3 million to make, around three times the budget most other Dutch films are made for, so it's surprising the movie feels like a bad 10.000 dollar movie.

As stated before; if you like films by Dick Maas, you might enjoy it and feel the nostalgia coming over you. But wait for it to come to Netflix and watch it on a rainy Sunday, instead of paying for a theater ticket. For all other people; save your money and don't bother with this.


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