The Naked Prey

NakedPreySuggested by Brad Nelson • A group of men are on safari. One of the party refuses to give a gift to a tribe they encounter. The tribe is offended, seizes the party, and one-by-one, kills all but one of the safari.
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8 Responses to The Naked Prey

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Cornel Wilde isn’t naked as much as he’s wearing flesh-colored shorts and running behind thorny bushes. In what is surely the inspiration for Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, Wilde is chased through the wilds of Africa by a determined group of natives. That’s what you get when you don’t pay your way through tribal territory with an outlay of the usual trinkets.

    And because this portrays black people as being savage, it’s a “racist” movie, of course. I hardly bother reading other people’s reviews anymore. Cultural Marxism has turned them all into dolts.

    In this case, the natives are not just the running-with-spears automatons typical of other movies. They are much more fleshed out (but still nearly buck naked). This film is also full of micro-aggression toward Muslims because they are shown as slave traders.

    There are some gruesome scenes in this film as the others in Wilde’s party are killed off early in the film, and not in nice ways. But Wilde himself is the last and is given the “how far can I shoot an arrow?” running head start before they make a man hunt out of him.

    The production values aren’t the greatest. You get the usual African stock footage (although it could all be original footage…they seem to weave Wilde into scenes with various herbivores and reptiles). Although I wouldn’t call the cinematography top-notch, much of the draw of this movie is taking a man’s-eye view of the many marvels and terrors of Africa.

    All in all, a wild and wicked ride. This movie doesn’t have Gibson’s buckets-of-blood content, but for “running the hell for your life” film buffs, this one is a must-see.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Laura Resnick wrote a book about a group car tour she did of Africa, and noted that the most popular gifts were Bic pens. Of course, this was only a few years ago, presumably long after this movie was set.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Bic pens? Well, a very useful commodity if all you have is the charcoal end of a stick. We sometimes take these things for granted but where would we be without Bic pens? And you get different colors of ink. And fine point, medium point, extra fine point, etc. . . . Uh oh…

        The once was a pencil writer
        Wished his poetry was much tighter
        His habits were old
        “Click your Bic” he was told
        Now he stylishly writes much triter

  2. Glenn Fairman says:

    a ripping good yarn. As a younger man, I bore a strong resemblance to the bearded Mr. Wilde.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Well, Mr. Wilde sort of had a natural musculature compared to the Rambos of today. I can certainly picture you running for your life from NARAL or something like that, although I don’t think they’d give you a head start. I thought it was a ripping good yarn as well. And one of the deaths reminded me of that “execution” from one of the Monty Python skits in “The Meaning of Life” where bare-breasted girls where chasing him down.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        It occurs to me that the chase at the end (granted that I haven’t seen the movie) could have been inspired by Richard Connell’s famous story, “The Most Dangerous Game” (which later inspired Zodiac).

  3. Wilde was an athlete; he qualified for the Olympic Games as a fencer in 1936 and remained in excellent condition. However, he was over 52 years old when the movie was shot and was sick during much of the filming, but pressed on, saying the illness added to his performance.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Thanks for the background on that, Eldon. The man was certainly in excellent shape…a believable shape for a human rather than the body-builder bodies of today’s action films which bulge with improbabilities…at least for anyone in the profession of safari guide. I don’t suppose he had time to lift elephant tusks four hours a day.

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