The Naked Prey

The Naked Prey

Directed by Cornel Wilde • 1965 • United States
Starring Cornel Wilde, Gert Van den Bergh, Ken Gampu

Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur Cornel Wilde created in the 1960s and ’70s a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, none more memorable than THE NAKED PREY. In the early nineteenth century, after an ivory-hunting safari offends a group of South African hunters, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. A lone marksman (Wilde) is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport, and he begins a harrowing journey through savanna and jungle back to a primitive state. Distinguished by vivid widescreen camera work and unflinchingly ferocious action sequences, THE NAKED PREY is both a propulsive, stripped-to-the-bone narrative and a meditation on the concept of civilization.

The Naked Prey
  • The Naked Prey

    Directed by Cornel Wilde • 1965 • United States
    Starring Cornel Wilde, Gert Van den Bergh, Ken Gampu

    Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur Cornel Wilde created in the 1960s and ’70s a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, none more memorable than THE NAKED PRE...

Extras

  • THE NAKED PREY Commentary

    This commentary features film scholar Stephen Prince, author of “Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies” and editor of “Screening Violence.”

  • John Colter’s Escape

    The escape of trapper John Colter from Blackfoot Indians was the legendary story that filmmaker Cornel Wilde hoped to realize for THE NAKED PREY, until lower shooting costs, tax breaks, and assistance offered by South Africa convinced Wilde to alter the script and shoot there. One record of Colte...