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The Naked Prey
Stripped, weaponless, alone and only ten desperate seconds ahead of the killers!
A group of men are on safari. One of the party refuses to give a gift to a tribe they encounter. The tribe is offended, seizes the party, and one-by-one, kills all but one of the safari members in various creative and horrifying ways. The last surviving member is given "The Lion's Chance" by the tribal leader to be hunted down by a party of tribal warriors.
Film #2 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #25 : A Survival film!
While the film is dated, filled with tons of stock footage of wildlife, amateurish execution it does succeed as a survival film!
Our protagonist a safari guide played by Cornel Wilde is captured by natives and while the rest of his party is slaughtered he is spared only to be stripped naked and released as the prey in a real life and death game of cat and mouse! Unfortunately he is the mouse!
The beginning of the chase is extremely intense as death is so close to the prey it's nipping at his heels! The rapid jungle drumbeats were an effective tool in increasing the intensity of the adrenaline pumping scenes!
Very little dialogue in the film seemed to work in the films favor! The struggle to survive is a universal struggle, no need for dialogue when the action onscreen speaks volumes!
Ignoring the questionable depictions of race and how far fetched it is for much of its run time, The Naked Prey is a relentless and kinetic chase movie. The thing that really strikes you is the fact it is practically wordless. Barring a handful of lines near the start no English is uttered throughout the entire film, instead it relies on the relentless African drum beats and the heightened sounds of people desperate for breath or screaming in pain as a spear penetrates their abdomen.
After the white hunters offend the native tribe all bar one of the party are killed in surprisingly horrific ways. The one survivor is then sent out into the wild, naked and defenseless, as the…
I wonder if Mel Gibson saw this movie, said "I need to ramp this shit up", and proceeded to make Apocalypto.
This is going to sound goofy, but The Naked Prey reminded me of the Star Trek episode in which Kirk fights Gorn (the lizard man). Remember that one? Like that episode of Star Trek, The Naked Prey relies on action and environment to tell the story, not dialogue.
The Naked Prey is about a man (Cornel Wilde) who is set loose naked and without weapons in the wild of Africa to be hunted by warriors whose tribe have been offended by the man's safari group. The man must outsmart the warriors to survive. In addition to escaping the warriors, the man must also escape the dangers of the African wilderness. There are snakes and wild animals to avoid, and dangerous…
For the most part, "The Naked Prey" doesn't really hold up that well. However, what is on the screen is most certainly rather enjoyable.
Story/Themes: * * *1/2
Action: * * * *1/2
Violence: * * * *1/2
Drama: * * * *
Performances: * * * *
Cinematography: * * * *
A white man working as a safari guide in Africa gets captured by a hostile tribe. He is stripped naked but manages to escape. He now must struggle to survive as he battles the elements as well as the tribesmen who are hellbent on revenge (since he did kill a few of their own) to get to safety. Loosely based on a true story, this is an extraordinary film. It features some brutal violence (both man and animal) and some genuinely exciting and harrowing moments. There are moments here that will make people a bit uncomfortable. It's also beautifully shot and has some really good wildlife photography which just enhances the brutality of the environment. This is a real must-see.
The whole thing feels incredibly artificial - the haphazard production design especially betrays any sense of realism, when it's clear that someone has dropped in whatever snakes they needed or animal skulls that look cool - and the fight scenes are choreographed into awkwardness. But I've always been kind of into amateur, seat-of-your pants type shit anyway, and the fact that it's from '65 gives it that old school adventurer's spirit that doesn't really exist today. Super macho.
Cornel Wilde stars in and directs this neat variation on “The Most Dangerous Game”: he's a white hunter who's captured by a hostile tribe, stripped of his clothes and weapons, and sent back out into the bush to be tracked down for sport. Moderately pretentious, though very well filmed, this was the sort of thing teenage boys throve on in the dark ages Before Spielberg. With Gert Van Den Bergh and Ken Gampu (1966).
I’m damn sure that in the 50 years since it came out, many people have analyzed the movie about its maybe intentional, maybe unintentional subtext of human nature vs animalistic instinct, colonialisation, manliness, racism, etc to death and I’m sure many of those writers are smarter than me anyway. So let’s just take the movie at face value and I have to say: It’s a damn good adventure movie.
It doesn’t waste any time with unnecessary exposition, although it’s mostly (understandable) dialogue free it never gets difficult to understand and there are only very few boring moments.
Its flaws are mostly based on the typical probems of that time’s filmmaking techniques (editing mistakes, super fake looking blood, at times hammy…
This grisly Boys' Own adventure arguably stinks a bit of Imperialist racism, and while underestimating the bush-craft and endurance of the African natives compared to the puny white man, it's all rather good fun nonetheless. I liked the final show of respect between the two main combatants.
My favorite part is when Wilde's character is trying to fall asleep and the biggest fucking snake in the world just falls out of the tree next to him and he seems annoyed that it's disrupting his sleep. He wakes up the next morning with a lizard on his arm and screams bloody murder. Pretty much sums up this whole shitty, How Did This Get Made roast-level worthy movie.
Light on dialogue, beautiful sun baked African locales, intense and at times surprisingly brutal and graphic, essentially a chase movie, this is a great film for fans of tales of man's decent into savagery in an attempt for survival. Made for an excellent follow-up viewing after Mad Max: Fury Road.
The Naked Prey was a big step forward for its actor-director Cornel Wilde and is probably his most fondly remembered film today. Adapted from the story of the Trapper John Colter and his pursuit through Wyoming by Blackfoot Indians, the film relocates the action to Africa. Wilde is a hunter guiding a party of privileged white men through the Savannah when they cross and greviously offend a local tribe. The tribe attack the party, kill everybody else (in some excrutiatingly inventive ways), and strip Wilde naked before sending him racing off alone, a group of them prepared to hunt after him for sport. But Wilde is not prepared to go so easily, and he fights back as he flees, steadily…
Absorbing story of white hunter pursued by tribesmen in colonial Africa is told almost completely visually with a minimum of dialogue, at least in English. Although primarily a survival story it treads through a racial minefield in depicting savage acts by the natives and the equally savage attitudes of the white imperialists with some uncomfortable results. The relief one feels at the sight of a colonial fort at one point comes with a distinct pang of guilt. 50 years on perhaps the most horrifying thing is it's depiction of the slaughter of several elephants.
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UPDATED: July 27, 2015
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