Monday, September 30, 2019

Midnight Horror Review: PREY (2019)

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Over the weekend, I watched the new thriller PREY (PG-13; 85 minutes). Produced by Hyde Park Entertainment, ImageNation and Blumhouse Productions, the film was distribute to theatres (Los Angeles, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas and Houston) and VOD by Cinedigm on September 27th.

Directed by Franck Khalfoun (Amityville: The Awakening), who co-wrote the film with David Coggeshall, the film stars Logan Miller (Escape Room, “The Walking Dead”), Kristine Froseth (Apostle), Jolene Anderson (“Harrow”), Jerrica Lai (Crazy Rich Asians), Phodisdo Dintwe (“The Cul De Sac”), Anthony Jensen (Nazi Overlord, The Gallows Act II) and Jody Mortara (“Blood Relatives”). Executive Producers include Couper Samuelson, Jeanette Volturno, Alix Taylor, and Priya Amritraj.

PREY centers around Toby Burns (Logan Miller), a millennial who joins a "Lost and Found" program after his father is murdered. The program involves him being left on an “uninhabited” jungle island for three nights and three days. With only a Swiss Army Knife at his disposal, Toby is supposed to find a way to survive on the island. To his surprise, he's not the only person there.

Shortly after Logan's arrival, he runs into Madeleine (played by Kristine Froseth), a teenage girl who's living on the island with her mother. It seems that her parents moved to the island for a missionary mission  when she was just a child but due to a "creature" that hides in the darkness, she and her mother are the only inhabitants on the island. Well, that is until Toby was left there!

To survive the island, Toby must find away to forgive himself for his father's death and find a way to defeat the "creature" before he becomes its next victim.

Final Thoughts

PREY is an odd little film that feels more like The Blue Lagoon than a horror flick; well, at least it does for the first hour. Actor Logan Miller, who plays the main character, Toby, has finally gotten a chance to step out of the cliched "jock" roles from Love, Simon and Escape Room and he gives a fairly decent performance in this film. The cast is pretty small with the only other standout being Kristine Froseth.

The plot is basic as it gets with Toby being left on a remote island for three days as part of a "Lost and Found " program. Of course, he isn't the only person (or thing) on the island. Yeah, the last 25 minutes is your typical creature feature but with very poorly done CGI effects that are almost laughable.

Overall, PREY is entertaining for its first hour and then it completely falls apart for its climax. The ending has been done to death in the horror genre and leaves behind a bad aftertaste.

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