It still feels a little strange to acknowledge the fact that Prey is a sequel when it’s technically a prequel, but it blows almost all of the Predator sequels out of the water, so it wouldn’t be right to overlook it.
Coming off the back of two decades of lacklustre follow-ups, Prey took the Predator franchise back to the beginning. It wasn’t concerned with adding to the mythology of the creature or kicking off a new convoluted chapter in the franchise. Instead, it channelled what made the first movie so successful by keeping it simple, focusing on the here and now (or in this case the there and then).
The result is a tight, concise and thrilling 99 minute horror that sees young Comanche woman Naru prove herself as a hunter by taking on the most extreme of opponents. It’s a simple story that gets to the point very, very quickly. As a result, the Predator franchise rediscovered why it was so successful in the first place.
Prey may be all about the Predator’s past, but it’s also its future. If the franchise continues to give us standalone offerings like this, there should still be plenty of thrills ahead.