How many film adaptations and ripoffs have there been of Richard Connell's classic 1924 adventure story "The Most Dangerous Game"? Many, and PREY FOR THE HUNTER makes one too many.
A soundtrack muffled with noise and overinsistent ambient music makes it impossible to decipher key dialogue, but apparently jobless war correspondent Simon Rush (Todd Jensen) is stranded out in the African veldt and falls in with a small band of bored mercenaries led by "the last of the great
white hunters," Eric Du Pont (Alan Granville). For kicks, the idle commandoes pay Simon to be the quarry in a human safari to be conducted using harmless paintball guns. But Eric schemes to murder all his cohorts, so he switches to real ammunition, shoots other hunters, and blames each subsequent
killing on that no-good reporter taking the game too seriously. Simon and girl-in-distress Yvonne (Michelle Besbier) skitter endlessly through scrub and over rocks trying to elude the lethal but dwindling party of hunters, until last survivor Eric sees them vanish over the edge of a cliff. Later
back in civilization, Eric is a rich man, but when he gets into his limo one day the vengeful Simon and Yvonne, very much alive, are there waiting for him.
Released directly to video, the languidly-paced PREY FOR THE HUNTER barely tries to be exciting, or even in focus. Fuzzy cinematography and the awful sound recording combine to create a Super-8 home-movie effect, and the harsh-looking tropical scenery is dry, bleak and uninteresting. (Violence,substance abuse, sexual situations, excessive profanity.)
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- Released: 1993
- Rating: R
- Review: How many film adaptations and ripoffs have there been of Richard Connell's classic 1924 adventure story "The Most Dangerous Game"? Many, and PREY FOR THE HUNTER makes one too many. A soundtrack muffled with noise and overinsistent ambient music makes it… (more)