Low Budget, High Octane: Our Review Of ‘THE PREY: Legend of Karnoctus’

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Low Budget, High Octane: Our Review Of ‘THE PREY: Legend of Karnoctus’

If I asked you to try and figure out what movie I’m describing by the following description, what would you come up with? A team of soldiers are in over their heads. They realize this when they find themselves hunted by a creature that strikes from the shadows. If you are a fan of 80s films you’d probably think of Aliens or Predator. But THE PREY: Legend of Karoctus isn’t from that much cherished era. Instead it’s a modern day film that was clearly made as an homage to the films of the past.

In Afghanistan a team of US soldiers are hunting Taliban when they find themselves outnumbered and forced to retreat. To survive they hide in a cave, but the entrance collapses, trapping them inside. As they search for another way out they discover they aren’t alone. A group of treasure-seeking mercenaries have also entrenched themselves in the cave. But there is something worse inside the cave with both groups. Something that is picking them off one by one, which forces them to work together if they hope to survive.

THE PREY: Legend of Karoctus plays out like an 80s science fiction action film, complete with big, burly men with quirky personalities and quotable quips at the ready. Some movies that pay tribute to films of the past feel like tributes. This one stands on its own and goes its own way. While it clearly knows that nostalgia is fun, it also knows it has to stand on its own if it hopes to make any money. The film is clearly made on a low budget (estimated to be under $4 million), but the filmmakers do their best with what they’ve got.

Instead of showing the creature clearly, it attacks from the shadows and is never front and center in any of the shots. This saves the filmmakers money. But it also helps fill the movie watcher with dread and helps to build suspense. One thing that was disappointing however was the relatively small roles for Danny Trejo and Adrian Paul, which are nothing more than cameos. Again, this helps save money, while at the same time giving the film stars to help draw eyes on it.

While THE PREY: Legend of Karoctus may be low budget, it’s never short on action. It keeps you entertained, and delivers exactly what you expect and nothing more. It’s the perfect guy flick to watch while having a drink or two with your buddies on a Saturday night.

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While Roderick has only been writing movie reviews for a relatively short time, he's been a fan of film for as long as he can remember. It's a love affair that started when he saw Star Wars at a drive-in theatre in Kitchener when he was four years old. In the past decade he's fulfilled his dream of interviewing celebrities, attending red carpets events at festivals such as TIFF and writing reviews for outlets such as Realstylenetwork.com. He's always on the hunt for the next big thing to hit the screen.
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