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Toronto After Dark Review: ‘Prey’

October 17, 2018Britany Murphy

What happens when a blood-thirsty lion escapes and is on the hunt for human flesh? Well, Prey attempts to reconcile that very question for viewers.

Lizzy (Sophie van Winden) is about to embark on an adventure that is very far from the life she envisioned as a veterinarian. When a lion breaks out and begins to terrorize the citizens of Amsterdam, developing an appetite for human flesh, it is up to Lizzy and local law enforcement to capture the beast. With the taste of human on its tongue, the lion's voracious appetite needs to be halted before the body count gets too high. However, this seems like an impossible task, even with the help of a hunter named Jack (Mark Frost).

Directed by Dick Maas, Prey has a flare for the dramatic. With some grisly imagery that pays homage to animal horror films like Jaws and Cujo, Prey tries its best to leave its mark. Though generally well-acted, the result suffers from some inconsistencies in plot and some elements that are quite far-fetched. Regardless, Prey doesn't take itself too seriously and still manages to pull together some genuine scares, making for a fun time.

Prey makes its Toronto premiere at the 2018 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 47 min.

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