Part Enemy Mine and part several other movies Hunter Prey sets itself apart as a great science fiction movie that is a simple follow up to her great work of Batman: Dead End.
Film making 20/25
Bonus Features 15/25
Filmmaker Sandy Collora brings this full length film to the big screen with Star Wars like effects and makeup artistry that would bring tears to the eyes of George Lucas. The story is a simple one, commandos, alien that they are, chase down a human that is the last of his kind because he has important information.
Before the humans could be destroyed because they would not adhere to the notions of the alien race one escapes with a plan to seek revenge. The alien race, Sidonians, hunt him down for information he holds, the coordinates to a ship that will destroy their home world.
During the chase the human named Jericho kills the rest of the party and leaves Centauri 7 to capture Jericho and bring him back to get the coordinates of the ship. The human gives the Sidonian the chance he wants and winds up capturing Jericho but it is all a ruse.
I really did not see the outcome of this film and it did a great job of hiding the end plot twists very well, I found I was actually surprised which does not often happen in a film. The movie has that old school low budget feel but definitely not the look.
It may have been shot in the desert of Mexico with a Red Camera and a low budget but it looks as good as Star Wars did when it first came out. High praise for a film is no small feat and this one deserves it for both visuals and effects that are gritty and realistic without anything being at all cheesy.
Costumes and makeup are very realistic, spit and blood and the makeup effects on the aliens are so realistic you really cannot tell they are wearing any makeup. Film is so good that you can see the ridge line of bone that the Sidonians have instead of teeth and in the parched desert you can see their dry mouths clearly.
With a better budget Sandy and crew could have really done some great work, Star Wars had an $11 million budget while this only had about $425,000 and looks just as good. One could only imagine if a better budget would have changed things for the better but I for one will eagerly await the next project to come from Sandy Collora and others that worked on Hunter Prey.
Video is actually better than I would have imagined for this films budget with a fantastic crew really getting the shots made like professional films crews. Video is clear and often blindingly bright in the Mexico desert with great color and even the few scenes at night have great shadow and darks.
Audio is also great and in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and is great with clear voice and when appropriate good surround sound. Often you really don’t get much in the way of surround sound but you can hear things using the surround once in awhile but not that often.
The film has some bonus content, much more than I would have thought for the budget so it is worth every penny with the audio commentary from the director and a 28 minute making of feature. Both extras are well worth watching to get into the mind of those responsible for the film and how they came about the effects and more.
You do not need to be a fan of Sandy Collara’s Batman: Dead End short film to enjoy this full length film with a great plot and extremely well done effects. Hunter Prey stands on its own as a great film and one well worth purchasing as a new science film that follows in the footsteps of the best like Planet of the Apes and Star Wars.