'Prey' on Hulu: Similarities from the trailer and the original 1987 blockbuster starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
'Prey' promises to not be just another installment of the 'Predator' franchise, or at least that's what the trailer suggests. The Hulu flick serves as the prequel to the four movies that have been released so far and stars Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, and Julian Black Antelope in key roles.
The trailer that just spans over two minutes draws quite a few similarities from 1987 original as far as the alien is concerned. While Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to be a notable absentee after starring in the first flick, 'Prey' does make sure it sets up his blockbuster as the first sequel. The logline reads, "In the Comanche Nation in 1719, a fierce and highly skilled warrior named Naru learns the prey she is stalking is a highly evolved alien with a technologically advanced arsenal." Ahead of the movie's release at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con 2022 on July 22, we take a look at the similarities between the trailer and the OG blockbuster.
The Predator has the same cloaking device
Much like the entity in the first movie that uses a cloaking device and tracks its prey with thermal imaging, the Hulu version of the alien uses the same tactic. The first glimpse of this tech is seen in the clip when Naru (Amber Midthunder) is attacked by a bear while she's hunting and she seeks refuge before the predator demonstrates its immense strength and kills the animal.
The chittering sound
While the creature tends to stay quiet and roars while killing Dutch's (Schwarzenegger) men in the movie, it does make the same chittering sound — another trait that the latest movie borrows from the John McTiernan-directed movie. In the final minutes, it locks horns with Dutch and even lets out a laugh before also repeating his question "what the hell are you?". Only time will tell if the movie does the same.
The laser beam to hunt
While later beams seem to be the campier way of killing, one of the scenes in the trailer is a throwback to the way the predator kills Mac (Bill Duke). The machine gunner in Dutch's unit tries to use stealth as a way to get to the alien only for it to stay one step ahead, target him using a tri-beam laser and shoot him flush in the forehead. A similar scene is shown in 'Prey' where one of the hunters with Naru gets targeted, but she does save him.
Naru's camouflage technique
One of the scenes in Schwarzenegger's movie is when his character attempts to distract the creature by fleeing. But he is followed to a muddy riverbank, where he emerges from the water, and incidentally covers himself in mud. The predator fails to notice him and moves on giving him the idea of using it as a way of protecting himself. The latest installment sees Naru camouflage herself and attacks the predator giving yet another nod to the cult classic.
The full look at the Predator
The 1987 version of the creature wore a mask and something close to a battlesuit. The first look in the prequel sees it in a similar avatar, but with some modifications. The body structure resembles more human and even less protection towards an incoming attack. Only time will tell if the movie will indeed incorporate all the elements of the alien from the actual movie.
'Prey' releases on August 5 on Hulu.