Sunday, July 12, 2015

Deadly Prey (1987)

Deadly Prey[1] is a 1986 film that was first screened in the United States in March 1987 at that year's American Film Market. After The Winters Group helped finance David A. Prior's previous film, Aerobicide, Prior, along with executive producers David Winters and Bruce Lewin, and producer Peter Yuval formed Action International Pictures and their first projects were Mankillers and Deadly Prey. Both shot back to back in and around Riverside, CaliforniaDeadly Prey tells the story of an ex-marine (played by Prior's brother Ted) who is kidnapped for participation in a human safari. This film, which has some resemblance to the action film First Blood (1982) starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, has never been officially released on DVD, making it "hard to find".[2]


Colonel Hogan rents his mercenaries out to anyone with the right price. This time it's businessman Michaelson. A deal is struck, and Hogan recruits new troops. For training, he orders his troops to kidnap innocent people, take them to the forest and hunt them. Unfortunately this time, they picked the wrong guy, Mike Danton. Danton, a Vietnam veteran, is ambushed while taking out the trash. Taken to the forest, he is stripped to his shorts, greased up and told to run. The mercenaries hunt Danton, but are meticulously picked off one by one. The troops report this to Colonel Hogan, who sends a task force with his best man, Lieutenant Thornton. One of this elite combat unit is Jack Cooper. Cooper and Danton realize who each other are while trying to kill each other. Cooper has not seen Danton since he took a bullet for him in 'Nam. With his new-found friend, Danton continues to punish the mercenaries, and get back to his wife Jaimey. Like all good villains, Hogan uses Danton's family against him, but this angers Danton. After storming the military training camp Danton arms himself up, and destroys all traces of Hogan's mercenaries.



The film review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes lists only one review, on the North Carolina alternative newspaper Mountain Xpress.[3] Reviewer Ken Hanke describes it as "yet another of the seemingly endless barrage of cinematic knockoffs of Richard Connell's short story, "The Most Dangerous Game" also influenced by First Blood (1982), and concludes that it is "all quite ridiculous, but might be good for a laugh if you’re in the mood for ineptitude on an unbelievable scale".


A sequel entitled The Deadliest Prey was released on November 1, 2013.[4]


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