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Screener Squad: Prey

Prey Movie Review


In 1987, cinema was gifted with the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic, Predator, the story of a muscle-bound group of mercenaries who headed to South America and ended up dying one by one at the hands of an extraterrestrial hunter. It was a lightning in a bottle movie that to this day remains one of the greatest action movies ever made. And since then, we’ve been offered several sequels of varying degrees of quality and success. Predator 2 saw the space slayer fighting some cops and gangs in 1990. A classic in its own right, impressive in its own ways. In 2004, the director of the Resident Evil movies gave us one fighting some Xenomorphs in Antarctica fulfilling a prop maker’s Easter Egg to, well, less than stellar reviews. And then the space killer landed in a small Colorado town in 2007 to fight more Xenomorphs. And that, um, sure was a movie. A few years later, in 2010, Robert Rodriguez got involved and gave us a Predators jungle planet. Okay, that was cool. Back to some basics, but it tanked at the box office. And finally, Shane Black gave us The Predator in 2018, with >ahem< arguably the most realistic predator to date. So, yeah, it’s been a rocky road for anyone to travel since that undeniable 1987 original legend. But here we are again. Another Predator movie. This one comes courtesy of Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane). This time, the hunter has landed in 1719 America where Naru (Amber Midthunder), a skilled Comanche warrior, protects her tribe from the highly evolved alien predator that hunts humans for sport. She must fight against the wilderness, dangerous French colonizers, and this mysterious creature in order to keep her people safe and prove her worth as a warrior. Sarah Jane, Chad, Neil, and T.C. spend this entire review explaining why this movie kicks so much ass. There may even be a debate if it is in fact not just the true successor to the original, but its superior.


DIRECTED BY: Dan Trachtenberg

STARRING: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro, Michelle Thrush, Stormee Kipp, Julian Black Antelope, Bennett Taylor




T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)

T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.



Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)

Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”



Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)

I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.




Sarah Jane (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Sarah Jane was born and raised in Southern California but currently calls Austin, TX her home. She’s seen over 5,700 movies so far with zero plans on stopping. She has a penchant for all things exploitation, and she loves Godzilla with all her heart. Her favorite films are Deep Red, Le Samourai, and Miller’s Crossing. When she isn’t watching movies, she’s busy herding her four cats, her husband, and her 11-year-old kiddo. She’s been a contributor to TalkFilmSociety, Daily Grindhouse, FThisMovie!, Looper, and the Austin Chronicle. You can find her on Twitter and Letterboxd at @fookthis.



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