why The Prey movie is better than a Predator movie

Predator (1987), directed by John McTiernan and starring a well-played Arnold Schwarzenegger, is still considered a classic in the sci-fi action genre.

The film started a film franchise that opened to a moderate response. Between Predator and Aliens vs. Aliens. Predator, nothing came close to the original. Since then, the biggest strides made in reviving the series is the recent Prequel Prey. Set nearly 300 years before the Predator, the film revolves around Naru (Amber Midthunder), a young woman from the Comanche tribe who goes up against the monster or rather an earlier version of it.

Directed by 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg, it comes across as a pleasant surprise – a thrilling gore-fest intertwined in a coming-of-age arc. In an exclusive interview with Filmfare, Dan Trachtenberg opens up with producer Zhane Myers about the latest adventure diving into the Predator’s origin story and how it stands alongside iconic history.

Prey resurrects a movie franchise that reached cult status. How hard was it to follow the Predator movies?

Zhane: I just because it was set in a different time didn’t find it challenging. I found myself enjoying doing films like this just because of the way the characters were written, and the way the film was written. Citizens here are not underdogs. So it was inspiring to make a film like this. Everyone cooperated with us, despite the weather. I have been in another movie where we had to stop because of the weather but everything seemed to be going well

Dan: One of the things Zhan mentioned – before we started production we had a tribal blessing from Nation Nation and they asked for good weather to bless us. And that’s pretty important for a film that was being shot entirely outdoors for six months and I think it really worked. The challenge is more about the pressure and expectations of people and what they expect from the Predator franchise as a whole.

I think I was really excited to dig into the things that I felt made the first film tick. I wanted it to be an exciting genre mash-up and not just repeat bits and pieces of the original. But they’re making a little match-up of their own. It’s an adventure film primarily an action film – an adventure film mixed with horror and suspense, and even a sports film. I feel like it has its own pulse and soul but obviously still very spiritually connected to the original movie.

There are films in the Predator franchise that haven’t really worked. So what would you say you wanted to do differently about those films?

Dan: Well, I think the original was exciting that “Oh my God, it’s kind of like a slasher movie, except it’s in this other setting with these other heroes” and our movie is more focused on telling the story of David vs. Dan. Goliath this real competition. This is the journey of a less powerful human hero who also manages to deliver the kind of effect we expect a Predator movie to deliver – the depth of intelligence and biting brutality that the Predator is able to deliver with his unique weapons. But since this movie is just a Predator movie and focuses more on true standalone movies. It probably sets itself apart from some of the other sequels.

Prey has stunning action choreography in its technologically superior creation. How do you plan for their clash?

Dan: One of the things that were particularly challenging was jumping into how Comanche would fight. I am a fan of action movies, Hong Kong action movies, and martial arts movies. And I wanted to offer the kind of choreography that we see in that kind of film, purely in terms of attention to detail and clean geography of the action and also having very specific exciting move sets. What I couldn’t do was make them use fighting games because Comanche didn’t fight in a way that would present a challenge.

But I think it spawned creativity to see them fight it in a way we don’t see heroes fight. It includes many bow and arrow fighting movies, such as when the character Tabe, played by Dakota fights with a bow and arrow. I was very intimidated by those and loved the delivery because the Comanches were fierce with their weapons and I think Dakota really delivers and takes that Predator very pleasingly with a weapon we’ve seen him use a lot in the movie. Then from a Predator perspective, I really wanted to get away from what sometimes felt like a professional wrestler in a suit in the combat phase.

I wanted it to be more violent and feel like primitive and exotic creatures. Those are some of the challenges and I think the film has very different and unique sets of action sequences.

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