Wednesday, November 13, 2013

PREY (1978)

An English production with sci-fi leanings and Space Invaders font, PREY recalls XTRO at times, but never hits the highs of that fine film, opting instead for a way more restrained and listless feel until its batshit ten-minute finale comes too late to save the day.

In this movie which was titled ALIEN PREY at some point, an alien comes to Earth.  In his natural form, he looks as much like ManBearPig as the limited budget would allow.  PREY gives us kills early on, to get our hopes up, before dashing them against the rocks of domestic drama and long conversations.

Jo and Jessica are lesbians, living in country seclusion.  Because this is the 1970s and there were no laws about space men rudely bringing their space dicks into Sapphic households, the alien shows up and raises the hackles of man-hating Jo.  He also attracts the interest of Jessica, who is clearly starved for any man at all, since the alien seems baffled by such novel concepts as "water" and "games" and "London".  He also, hilariously, ends up claiming to be named Anders Anderson.

A lot of this film is about talking.  It's cheap to shoot!  But it does render things very draggy, and a child could easily out-hop the tempo of PREY.  Much of the film seems lifted from We Have Always Lived in the Castle, although Jo's agoraphobia and the hatred of the villagers for our gal-loving gals are naturally pretty undeveloped compared to the Jackson novel.  Anders's alien nature sometimes exerts itself in active bloodletting, but mostly he stands around looking nonplussed.  The actors are fine, but the material is mostly nothing. 

Bread jars are a thing, I guess.  Only the sex scenes are erected with any esprit.  The shots are more daring and the filmmakers utilize mirrors and headboards to put a little pizzazz into their offerings.  

PREY would probably make a pretty fine, if really weird, piece of erotica.  But, as a horror/sci-fi hybrid, it's kind of lifeless.

Given its homoerotica and dress-wearing aliens, you'd think that PREY would be perfect for our modern GLBT times, but it's too sluggish and bland to be of much use to anyone.  


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