THE NAKED PREY (Theatrical Release USA 1966)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Stars ììì

The Naked Prey—
monotonous African drumming and hypnotic trances—contains a few interesting perks, but considerably dates itself compared to 21st century standards in well-timed action and suspense.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


An African Safari goes sour when elephant/ivory hunters ignore common standards of generosity with natives. The breach in protocol results in a native ambush where baggage carriers are slaughtered, a hunter is tortured by being spread-eagled in front of a deadly viper, a hunter is rolled in mud and roasted in fire, and hunters are taken captive and given an opportunity to escape for the sport of native women and hunters. One of the safari hunters (Cornel Wilde) becomes the last man standing and successfully outmaneuvers his vigilant pursuers through a series of excellent life-saving tactics.

Additional Thanks

Really Good work for Director and Producer Cornel Wilde. Additional characters/cast include: Leader of Natives (Ken Gampu), Chief of Natives (Morrison Gampu), Safari Overseer/SlaveDealer/Irish Soldier (Patrick Mynhardt), Little Girl (Bella Randles), Warrior (Sandy Nikomo), and Warrior (Eric Mcanyana).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The film definitely dates itself, but it is an interesting take on differences between cultures.

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