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The Feral Predator Stalks SFX Magazine With New Prey Interviews & Production Stills!

 The Feral Predator Stalks SFX Magazine With New Prey Interviews & Production Stills!Prey is the on the cover of August’s issue of British film magazine SFX! The magazine spread contains interviews with director Dan Trachtenberg, actress Amber Midthunder and producer Jhane Myers. There’s also lots of brand new production stills in there from the Predator prequel including the most clear shot of the Feral Predator from behind. We get to see a detailed look at his weapons and equipment.

Trachtenberg talks about the foundations of the film, how the cast were put through a bootcamp, how to root it in first Predator but make it new. He says that Prey isn’t a prequel as such – it’s just set prior to Predator.

“I want to specifically say this, because I think there’s been some confusion how people have understood: in my mind, this is not a prequel movie, this isn’t, ‘Let’s tell the origin of the Predator.’ This is really something that’s set prior to the original Predator movie. And the Predator creature in this one, this is its first time travelling to Earth.”

The director mentions again what he wanted the Predator designs. It’s a blend of great practical effects and using CG for things that can’t be done with a man in a suit.

“The design for me, though incredible, functionally it’s always been very top-heavy,” he says. “The head has always been so large to accommodate a person inside, especially when it was developed in the ’80s. This is now the most refined, most proportional head to body ratio that’s ever been. We actually were able to get the silhouette to be a little bit more anatomically correct. Frankly, it’s the smallest, slimmest, I think, of the Predators, though still a hulking alien creature.”

 The Feral Predator Stalks SFX Magazine With New Prey Interviews & Production Stills!

Feral Predator

SFX also speak to actress Amber Midthunder who plays Naru. She talks about preparing for her role in Prey, and learning the Comanche language. There’s quite a few new production stills of Naru in the magazine. On her most memorable moment from filming:

Shooting the end of the film was kind of wild. We shot it for three days.  We kept getting pieces of it at a certain time of night. It was just the bigness of it. And it was so early on in our shoot. It was in the second week or something. I think originally it had been like the first thing we were going to shoot, which is insane. That felt like such a big thing to do; doing that so early felt like one of the most ambitious undertakings.

Finally, SFX spoke to producer Jhane Myers and she mentions she has a cameo appearance in the film too:

There’s a scene where a woman is riding on a horse. And they’re like, “We don’t have anybody to ride and we need a woman, what are we going to do?” I was just sitting there and I’m like, “I’ll do it.” I put on the dress and everything. For me that’s memorable, because my future grandchildren, my future great grandchildren, can go back someday and watch this movie and be like, “That’s our grandmother in this film!”. It just shows, like our Comanche culture, we’re always ready, we have these skills, and when they need to be used, we just use them. So for me that was the most memorable moment.

It’s a very interesting read. There’s lots more information about Prey in there. You can buy a digital copy of the magazine from MagazinesDirect for £3.99 or a print copy for £5.50.

Here’s some of the new production stills:

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  1. BigDaddyJohn
    It looks a bit like the mini-shuriken fired from Fugitive's wrist gauntlet in the jungle intro of The Predator. The thing levitates for a moment before being fired. I wonder if they got inspired by that.
  2. Kailem
    Quote from: Doomofman on Jul 18, 2022, 05:46:15 PM
    Quote from: Kailem on Jul 18, 2022, 05:42:45 PMGiven that Predators have a long history of spear guns going all the way back to Predator 2 (even though we never got to actually see it), I'm super glad to see it looks like some type of spear gun rather than just a bow or crossbow with Predator-style texturing.

    I'm still not entirely sure how the targeting lasers are going to work with it since they're attached to the helmet as usual but this looks like it's going to be a hand-held weapon, but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of it in action!
    Maybe the laser points to what the spear gun will hit rather than the projectile goes to wherever the laser is pointed... If that makes any sense...

    I get what you're saying, and yeah it actually does. Like the reverse of what we've seen before with it. That'd actually be pretty cool! Definitely a good way of getting the targeting laser to work with a non-auto targeting weapon, for sure!
  3. Doomofman
    Quote from: Kailem on Jul 18, 2022, 05:42:45 PMGiven that Predators have a long history of spear guns going all the way back to Predator 2 (even though we never got to actually see it), I'm super glad to see it looks like some type of spear gun rather than just a bow or crossbow with Predator-style texturing.

    I'm still not entirely sure how the targeting lasers are going to work with it since they're attached to the helmet as usual but this looks like it's going to be a hand-held weapon, but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of it in action!
    Maybe the laser points to what the spear gun will hit rather than the projectile goes to wherever the laser is pointed... If that makes any sense... 
  4. Kailem
    Given that Predators have a long history of spear guns going all the way back to Predator 2 (even though we never got to actually see it), I'm super glad to see it looks like some type of spear gun rather than just a bow or crossbow with Predator-style texturing.

    I'm still not entirely sure how the targeting lasers are going to work with it since they're attached to the helmet as usual but this looks like it's going to be a hand-held weapon, but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of it in action!
  5. (Bad Blood)
    Quote from: Engineer on Jul 15, 2022, 06:38:15 PM
    Quote from: (Bad Blood) on Jul 14, 2022, 11:37:32 PM
    Quote from: [cancerblack] on Jul 14, 2022, 07:42:35 PM
    Quote from: (Bad Blood) on Jul 14, 2022, 07:09:30 AMI saw the spear looking thing hit impale the tree but it was shown as a projectile, or possibly thrown, it isn't shown as a melee weapon yet though.

    Mate, it's a spear. It can be used in melee. This isn't a videogame.
    Well yes of course it can, anything long range can be used as a melee weapon, you could use your M4 carbine as a last resort bat when I was in the infantry, but that doesn't mean it was intended for that purpose, I am well aware that combat is not like a video game, I was merely suggesting the spear may have been an arrow like projectile that is self propelled possibly thrown, less a spear, in the trailer it seems too short fully extended to be a typical predator spear, I just mean't we have not seen it thrown or in his hand yet so it very well could be "meant" for only long range combat, some kind of arrow or self propelled weapon. 


    Maybe it's more like a predator version of a Native American Lance rather than a spear...


    To elaborate, something using an atlatl.
    It could be, that would be epic to see.
  6. Engineer
    Quote from: (Bad Blood) on Jul 14, 2022, 11:37:32 PM
    Quote from: [cancerblack] on Jul 14, 2022, 07:42:35 PM
    Quote from: (Bad Blood) on Jul 14, 2022, 07:09:30 AMI saw the spear looking thing hit impale the tree but it was shown as a projectile, or possibly thrown, it isn't shown as a melee weapon yet though.

    Mate, it's a spear. It can be used in melee. This isn't a videogame.
    Well yes of course it can, anything long range can be used as a melee weapon, you could use your M4 carbine as a last resort bat when I was in the infantry, but that doesn't mean it was intended for that purpose, I am well aware that combat is not like a video game, I was merely suggesting the spear may have been an arrow like projectile that is self propelled possibly thrown, less a spear, in the trailer it seems too short fully extended to be a typical predator spear, I just mean't we have not seen it thrown or in his hand yet so it very well could be "meant" for only long range combat, some kind of arrow or self propelled weapon. 


    Maybe it's more like a predator version of a Native American Lance rather than a spear...


    To elaborate, something using an atlatl.
  7. shadowedge
    Maybe it is an expandable sword on it's back. Kind of like the one in the comic Predator 1718 where Greyback gets the pistol from Predator 2. Would make sense because it has a shield too.

    It is possible that it is both a sword and a gun of some kind, since it has a trigger. The shape of the thing on it's back is very similar to Greyback's sword.

    Also the 1700's timeline makes sense.

  8. (Bad Blood)
    Quote from: SiL on Jul 15, 2022, 12:20:22 AMRight but spears are melee and ranged weapons. They're always both.
    yes indeed spears are, however this might not be a spear, that's what I have been trying to relay here, despite my previous name for it. look, I'm not saying anyone is wrong or that I'm right, just from my personal perspective it looks like a projectile arrow type weapon. It looks at a glance like a spear but when I looked at it flying through the air in the trailer it looks like it has fletchings or grid fins on it, like a missile or arrow.
  9. (Bad Blood)
    Quote from: [cancerblack] on Jul 14, 2022, 07:42:35 PM
    Quote from: (Bad Blood) on Jul 14, 2022, 07:09:30 AMI saw the spear looking thing hit impale the tree but it was shown as a projectile, or possibly thrown, it isn't shown as a melee weapon yet though.

    Mate, it's a spear. It can be used in melee. This isn't a videogame.
    Well yes of course it can, anything long range can be used as a melee weapon, you could use your M4 carbine as a last resort bat when I was in the infantry, but that doesn't mean it was intended for that purpose, I am well aware that combat is not like a video game, I was merely suggesting the spear may have been an arrow like projectile that is self propelled possibly thrown, less a spear, in the trailer it seems too short fully extended to be a typical predator spear, I just mean't we have not seen it thrown or in his hand yet so it very well could be "meant" for only long range combat, some kind of arrow or self propelled weapon. 
  10. RoguePred1987
    Are those spines running down his shoulders? That's an interesting choice, but we haven't really seen the shoulders without armor pieces or casters, except maybe a quick shot in AVPR? I like it.
  11. Master Chief
    Quote from: (Bad Blood) on Jul 14, 2022, 02:21:13 AMI'm only saying it's a sword and spear/arrow gun because he has a shield, it would be very odd if he had a shield and no close quarters weapon of any kind, no sword or axe or mace etc, having a shield and only long range weapons would be silly. Also the trigger being on the "sword"/"bow"/"pistol" would still make sense for a sword, it could be a method of releasing it, as it might be locked in when not in use as to not fall out when running and jumping and climbing.
    Don't forget, Feral's prey have ranged weapons themselves.  Blocking arrows, spears, and bullets with a shield doesn't seem odd to me.
  12. (Bad Blood)
    It would be pretty awesome to see a multipurpose spear/club, honestly it would be a pretty unique and also effective weapon for a predator, a spear for throwing/stabbing and a club for heavy hitting.
  13. (Bad Blood)
    I saw the spear looking thing hit impale the tree but it was shown as a projectile, or possibly thrown, it isn't shown as a melee weapon yet though. The thing that makes me think it isn't a spear is it only has one pointed tip, every spear in predator history had two sharp ends, well in the movies at the very least. The Bad Blood Predator has a wooden spear with one pointed tip, well and also the Shaman Predator as well, but his is literally Wristblades on the end of a staff/stick.
  14. (Bad Blood)
    But it might be a spear gun, the projectile tip matches the spear looking thing on the back. However I could be wrong and that's alright, I like the predator either way, they have such a vast array of weaponry it's hard to really guess without seeing it in action.
  15. (Bad Blood)
    Quote: Wristblades. I know that counts as close quarters, I'm not saying you're wrong by any means but I was implying something with more reach, would you carry a dagger and a shield into a gladiatorial arena to fight opponents with axes? Or carry the same as a Spartan soldier fighting in a battle? Probably not, I would think you might want something like a sword or spear or axe or even a mace would be preferable to reach over your shield when it's up.                                   
  16. (Bad Blood)
    I'm only saying it's a sword and spear/arrow gun because he has a shield, it would be very odd if he had a shield and no close quarters weapon of any kind, no sword or axe or mace etc, having a shield and only long range weapons would be silly. Also the trigger being on the "sword"/"bow"/"pistol" would still make sense for a sword, it could be a method of releasing it, as it might be locked in when not in use as to not fall out when running and jumping and climbing.
  17. Highland
    Back of that Predator is better than the front of any Predator I've seen since Wolf.

    Totally dig the athletic killing looks, makes complete sense for how it moves. The dreds add to the streamline killing machine. Proportions are perfect.

    I like what they've done here, if they get the face right ( doesnt have to be the same but does have to look good) then this could be the best Predator Suit since the original.
  18. funk_master_chunk
    Quote from: Doomofman on Jul 13, 2022, 11:00:59 PMI can't tell if those are blades or flights (as in the things that stabilize arrows in flight), flights make more sense to me

    It could well be flights - but it'd be one hell of a stumpy arrow if it were flights haha.

    There's like a join midway down the shaft you can see on the main pic of him; and I think it's designed to be twisted and out pop the blades (?) for the mace.

    I just think if they're calling him feral it has to be for a reason. Arrows/bolts/projectiles are for ranged kills and would be quite clean and not at all feral.

    However a mace with a barbed blade at the heel would make for quite the visceral close quarters brutal melee weapon. Very feral indeed, IMO.
  19. SiL
    Tom Woodruff out here getting Pumpkinhead flashbacks.

    (One of the most famous publicity stills of the monster from FX magazines made the eye holes in the neck painfully obvious. Same thing here.)
  20. ace3g

    QuoteCool sneak peek at the new #predator suit I sculpted with the great Joey Orosco @symbolicartsfx and @savannahsuderman for @thestudioadi @alec_gillis @dannytrs
    Can't wait!
    #prey #predator5 #practicaleffects
  21. Jason Todd Voorhees
    Quote from: Doomofman on Jul 13, 2022, 07:13:34 PM
    Quote from: Jason Todd Voorhees on Jul 13, 2022, 07:12:48 PMCurious is the name Feral Predator the Official Name or is this us Fans giving it an Unofficial Name?
    Actor in the suit and the director have both called him Feral as far as I know

    On the crossbow theory, I've done a quick markup of what could be the bow arms and how they fold out (if it is indeed some sort of crossbow pistol type thing). My biggest points against the idea is 1) where is he keeping the ammo and 2) where is the string? it would fold the opposite way of existing folding crossbows

    https://i.imgur.com/2bwqfa4.png
    Thanks for the response Doomofman!
  22. Kailem
    I just hope that if it is some sort of bow or crossbow they it has an appropriately Predator-like "twist" to it, and it's not just a one to one recreation of a human weapon with a Predator paint job.

    One of the reasons I wasn't super fond of the bow in Hunting Grounds (as well as some of the other melee weapons) was that it felt a bit too "standard." So even though harpoon/spear guns are a thing that exists too, I think I'd prefer seeing some variation of something like that rather than a bow.
  23. Doomofman
    Quote from: Jason Todd Voorhees on Jul 13, 2022, 07:12:48 PMCurious is the name Feral Predator the Official Name or is this us Fans giving it an Unofficial Name?
    Actor in the suit and the director have both called him Feral as far as I know

    On the crossbow theory, I've done a quick markup of what could be the bow arms and how they fold out (if it is indeed some sort of crossbow pistol type thing). My biggest points against the idea is 1) where is he keeping the ammo and 2) where is the string? it would fold the opposite way of existing folding crossbows

    https://i.imgur.com/2bwqfa4.png
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