I do love short films, yes a lot of them riff on the same beats and to be honest that's ok by me because telling a story in a short amount of time whilst keeping it engaging and surprising isn't the easiest thing to do. I am glad to say that The Prey manages to be engaging, a little bit funny and a little bit surprising despite riffing on an idea that has been around for a long time.
Driving home after a less than stellar halloween party, Mel (Rebecca Van Cleave) has an argument with her boyfriend (James Alexandrou) and decides that rather than travel home in the car, she will walk home, at night, through a very bad area. Mel attracts the attention of a dodgy looking man who begins following her...
The use of colours in The Prey is very cool, her red dress against the background of the dinging brick and dull concrete creates some really striking images. Director James Webber also uses the weather to good effect, lighting the film well so that you can see the breath on the air which certainly adds to what is being shown on screen.
James Alexandrou and Rebecca Van Cleave do well in their roles, the argument in the car, is both funny and yet will cut close to home for anyone that has had an argument with their partner. Sam Gittins plays the man that begins to follow Mel and he plays it well, managing to get some humour out of a largely silent role.
The Prey is a fun little short, that gives you a bit of everything but still feels fresh despite the story line being a well trodden path.
Well worth your time.