The Prey (2015) Short Film Review

theprey1The Prey (2015)

Director: James Webber

Writer: James Webber

Stars: Rebecca Van Cleave, Sam Gittins, James Alexandrou

Runtime: 9min

Tagline: After an argument with her boyfriend whilst driving back from a party, Mel ends up alone in the wrong side of town on a dark Halloween night.

Short films are an absolute delight, a special breed of the motion picture art form. They live or die on the quality of the handful of lines and scenes contained within them. A lot of care must be taken to ensure the best story can be told, I feel is done most effectively through visual cues. This isn’t writer director James Webber’s first rodeo either, he has a career in television and film spanning back as far as 2009, there has been plenty opportunity to hone his craft and I think The Prey is a fine example of this.

theprey2Set in suburban England, Mel (Rebecca Van Cleave) is having a bit of a tiff with her boyfriend Ethan (James Alexandrou) and exits the car in a huff. As with a lot of horror films the plot may revolve around a simple hook, as the title suggests, Mel becomes the prey. With a heavy use of red, your eyes are drawn to Mel, the only colour amongst the dark and wet backdrops of the October night. Low angles and close ups, building tension. Her fate unknown as a young man spots her from across the street…

I had the pleasure of being one of the first people to view The Prey pre-release and I must say I was not disappointed. The film is simple and highly enjoyable. For anybody looking for a quick horror fix, The Prey is well worth the 7 minutes of viewing, a tasteful dark comedy of sorts, on a budget, it made the most of it.

Preying for more.

8/10

theprey3The Prey is currently heading to major domestic and international genre film festivals and will première on-line on www.findie.me towards the end of 2015.

Links:

The Springhead Film Company: www.springheadfilmcompany.com

Mini Productions: www.miniproductions.co.uk

Findie: www.findie.me

Twitter: #ThePreyFilm

Trailer for The Prey below!

 

New Trailer released for UK Horror Short ‘The Prey’

theprey1Trailer for new horror short The Prey

The Springhead Film Company is proud to release the trailer for UK horror short The Prey.

After an argument with her boyfriend whilst driving back from a party, our protagonist Mel ends up alone in the wrong side of town on a dark Halloween night. Determined to walk home alone she draws the attention of a shifty looking young man. As he begins to follow her the night takes a turn for the worse. The Prey is an urban horror with added bite!

Made in association with Mini Productions and digital distribution platform Findie, The Prey stars Rebecca Van Cleave (The Royals), Sam Gittins (The Smoke, Call the Midwife) and James Alexandrou (Eastenders, Silent Witness).

The Prey marks a change in creative direction for writer/director James Webber from his previous short dramas Soror and Driftwood. Webber says of the project. “I’ve always loved horror movies so getting to make my own has been, not only great fun but, incredibly refreshing!”

theprey2Webber is reunited behind the camera with many of his regular collaborators, including D.O.P Lorenzo Levrini, composer Richard Keyworth and sound designer Helen Miles.

The Prey is the latest film from The Springhead Film Company following on from their multi-award-winning, BAFTA long-listed and Cannes Coup de Coeur selected short Driftwood starring Sam Gittins (Ripper Street,Howl) and Neil Maskell (Kill List, Utopia), and the acclaimed Soror starring Screen Daily Star of Tomorrow Rosie Day (The Seasoning House, Sixteen, All Roads Lead To Rome), Sian Breckin (Donkey Punch, Tyran-nosaur, Starred Up), James Alexandrou (Eastenders) and BAFTA winner Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones, Red Road, Prometheus, Filth).

Producers, Sara Huxley and April Kelley of Mini Productions said, “We were thrilled to come on board to create such a unique and humorous but equally terrifying short. It’s great to be collaborating with James Webber again and to have the opportunity to produce a genre driven film. We’re excited to see how it is received within the festival circuit.”

theprey3Mini Productions is a London based production company specialising in film and theatre. Their recent credits include: James Webber’s Soror; Michael Beddoes’ Flotsam a psychological thriller starring Sikander Malik (Hollyoaks); Tea for Two directed by Mark Brennan and starring Amanda Barrie (Carry On Cleo, Coronation Street, Bad Girls) and John Challis (Only Fools and Horses); The Vertical Hour at Park Theatre, directed by BAFTA winner Nigel Douglas and starring Peter Davison (Dr Who).

Here’s what Paul Robert Cary the CEO of online short film platform Findie had this say about the collaboration: “Findie is very excited to support James Webber’s latest production. As an exclusively online digital distribution platform we believe that outstanding filmmakers like James should be supported during the planning and production process and we look forward to our audience seeing The Prey on our site in the future, following our upcoming launch. The Prey is the first of several productions for us and we’re delighted that James shares our vision for the future of online distribution.”

The Prey is currently heading to major domestic and international genre film festivals and will première on-line on www.findie.me towards the end of 2015.

Links:

The Springhead Film Company: www.springheadfilmcompany.com

Mini Productions: www.miniproductions.co.uk

Findie: www.findie.me

Twitter: #ThePreyFilm