How The Predator In ‘Prey’ Is Different–And “More Violent”

by Thomas Tuna

This sounds like Predator 2.0.

Prey–the next entry in the classic Predator film franchise that hits Hulu Aug. 5–will be a different beast altogether, according to director Dan Trachtenberg. And not just because the film is set centuries in the past.

The filmmaker–in an interview with–explained that the Predator itself will be a departure from what fans are used to seeing. Not only did the new mask require “a couple of people driving the mechanisms,” but there were two different versions of the mask.

“There was a stunt version that didn’t have motion and was a hair safer for Dane (DiLiegro),” the director said, “and then there was a version that was heavier because we had all the animatronics in it.”

Another difference in the look of this Predator, Trachtenberg said, “was the goop. We brought in some goop–the stuff that we’ve seen in the Alien movies. So, the mandibles and the face just felt that much more violent and gross.”

DiLiegro–the man inside the Predator mask and costume–was impressed with the improvements. “You’re not just a guy in a monkey suit,” he said. “You slide in and you’re not human anymore–you’re invincible and you’re this trophy hunter from another planet and you transform.”

Following in the footsteps of the late Kevin Peter Hall–who played the Predator in the first two films–was “an incredible experience for me,” DiLiegro added. “It’s still sinking in. I still can’t believe it.”

The R-rated Prey–directed by Trachtenberg from a screenplay by Patrick Aison–is set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, and follows Naru, a young warrior woman of the Great Plains who sets out to protect her people when danger threatens.

But the prey she stalks “turns out to be a highly evolved alien Predator with a technically advanced arsenal,” according to the synopsis. The result is “a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.”

Prey stars Amber Midthunder as Naru, along with Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, Julian Black Antelope and DiLiegro.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Prey on Hulu.


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