Known mostly as an actor of the studio era, Cornel Wilde took on a parallel career as an independent producer, writer, and director to create a series of films that explored man in the midst of extreme dramatic situations — and The Naked Prey is perhaps his most personal and violent rumination.
Set in nineteenth-century Africa’s colonial periods, Wilde portrays an unnamed safari guide whose group encounters and subsequently insults a local tribe. Following the execution of the other party members, Wilde alone is the last to be spared and is given a head start to elude his pursuers as game to be hunted for retributive satisfaction, unless and until he can attain safety…
The Naked Prey remains a special entry in the cinema of actors-turned-auteurs, which also includes such luminaries as Robert Montgomery, Charles Laughton, and Ida Lupino. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Wilde’s most ruthless picture for the first time in the UK in a Dual Format special edition.
"Exciting, thought provoking and hugely influential on every human pursuit movie that's came along since, The Naked Prey is little short of a masterpiece." - The Irish News
"Visceral and exciting ★★★★☆" - Empire Magazine
"Wilde crafts cosmic allegory onto visceral action-adventure, with visuals that vibrate like a comic book" - Uncut Magazine
"★★★★☆" - Total Film