R | | Horror
Three couples go on a camping trip in the woods of southern California during the summer, where a deformed man is stalking their camp.
When the film was purchased for distribution by New World Pictures 15 minutes of footage was edited for the release. New World rarely released films that were longer than 80 minutes fearing that audiences would lose interest the longer the film ran. Among the scenes cut from The Prey was an opening sequence showing the gypsy village being destroyed by the forest fire.
Characters' voices don't match lip movement; numerous instances within the first 5-10 minutes.
A longer version was released outside of the USA that includes a lengthy flashback sequence (originally intended to open the film) that replaces the "Monkey's Paw" campfire story. In this version, Joel tells the story of a charismatic gypsy named Marco who seduces a local woman named Mary. When Mary returns home with a hickey, she tells husband Jake that she was raped. Jake and his best friend head to the gypsy camp with gasoline cans and burn it to the ground. The only survivor is Marco's nephew, a "cursed" 7 year old giant named Leo who was hideously deformed by the fire. Although there were many additional actors in this sequence, none of them were credited.
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