The Film (4/5)
Jessica (Glory Annen, Felicity) and Jo (Sally Faulkner, Vampyres) are a discreet lesbian couple living in rural England in the large manor house that Jessica's parents left her when they died. One night Jessica awakens from a nightmare to see colorful lights in the sky. These lights would be the spacecraft of Anders Anderson, an alien who has come to Earth on a fact finding mission on Earth for his race of fanged cat like people. Upon landing he kills the first couple he meets, and assumes the man's identity.
Anderson meets the Jessica and Jo while wandering on Jessica's property, and intrudes on their already fragile existence. Jessica has been looking to free herself from Jo's domineering ways, but has been growing ever fearful of her. This fear grows with a gruesome discovery that Jessica makes during Anders stay with the pair, causing Jessica to become closer with Anders. Unfortunately, for her Anders is not interested in her protection.
While watching Prey (this was my 2nd time seeing it). I couldn't help it but view it as a fun, trashy, violent B-side to Nicholas Roeg's Man Who Fell to Earth. Both films feature an alien who is coming to explore Earth, on behalf of their race (in the Roeg film it was technically for his family, but I digress). Both show signs of sexual desire, and an indulgence for alcohol over food, and that just scratches the surface.
Prey itself is an utterly bizarre film. It feels equal parts end of a lesbian relationship drama, cheap sci-fi, violent horror, and a touch of camp comedy. The performances are decent for the most part. Sally Faulkner plays one of the most cliché lesbian stereotypes I have ever seen committed to screen. Glory Annen plays a more submissive, innocent hippie type. It's not much to work with, but like her role in Felicity it fits her well. Barry Stokes is quite effective in his role as an out of touch, but utterly violent alien.
The film itself is as bizarrely brilliant as standard Warren fare. We have a cat like alien tearing his way through the English countryside, a bickering lesbian couple who throw parties to celebrate dead foxes, and one of whom is a murderer. Overall, Prey is a weird sci-fi delight.
Vinegar Syndrome brings Prey to Blu-ray in a splendid 1:66:1 1080p AVC encoded transfer that looks absolutely spectacular. The natural looking environments of the film have their colors well reproduced here, detail is excellent, grain is natural, but kept at a minimum.
Audio is handled by a DTS-HD mono track in English, and sounds great, everything comes through clean and clear with no issues.
Vinegar Syndrome have put together a very solid extras package for Prey. The Blu-ray has a feature commentary with Norman J.Warren and Sally Faulker. We also get on-camera interviews with Faulkner, Warren, and producer Terry Marcel. The disc is rounded by the original trailer.
Norman J. Warren's Prey is a delightfully weird slice of 70's British sci-fi. The Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome looks and sounds marvelous, and has an excellent extras slate. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.