Prey aka Alien Prey (1978)
Diector: Norman J. Warren
Starring: Sally Faulkner, Glory Annen, Barry Stokes
Another one for British Horror Month. After his impressive genre debut with SATAN'S SLAVE in 1976, British director Norman J. Warren was still trying to inject fresh blood into the U.K. horror/exploitation film long after its demise in the mid 70s. Warren is in a class with a "new wave" that included Pete Walker and José Ramón Larraz, all who were crafting films very dissimilar to what Hammer and Amicus were doing years earlier, and his PREY (aka ALIEN PREY) provides a very unusual narrative for something guised as a science-fiction effort.
An alien in search of a food source. A deserted farmhouse. Two lesbians in a dysfuntional relationship. Everything goes wrong...
"Norman J. Warren’s next outing after "Satan’s Slave" was the engagingly weird "Prey". The phrase ‘out there’ may well have been coined for this particular slice of late 70’s British horror. It may feel silly. It may also feel unintentionally amusing in places, but it is 100% captivating, having gained justified momentum in terms of popularity throughout the last 28 years.
Shot in ten days with a shockingly brief pre-production schedule of three weeks, Prey’s story takes place in an isolated house in the English countryside. Its residents are a lesbian couple – Jessica and Josephine – whose odd relationship is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of Kator – a fanged alien scout on a mission to find a satisfactory food source “high in protein”. With a more human guise (and ‘normal’ teeth), the magnificently coiffured alien adopts the name of Anders and wanders into the women’s domain, learning as he goes and appearing to be a very strange person indeed. He’ll fit right in, then. Think Starman with an appetite for warm flesh. That’s right...Prey impresses on many levels, and many regard it to be the best of Warren’s films. Apart from perhaps being a nasty, older brother to Carpenter’s Starman, it doesn’t resemble any other films that come to mind. It has its faults, as all the films in this box set do, but for a small-scale production with very limited time and money, this works a treat. Stunningly original, quirky, well acted, this is totally and utterly captivating stuff. Oh yeah, and there’s lesbian sex in it, too." - Eat My Brains!
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