It’s high time that the Predator series had a massive hit. Prey, the newest movie in the long-running sci-fi franchise debuted on Hulu over the weekend, and it’s already their #1 premiere ever. Including all film and TV series that have debuted on the platform, Prey beats out plenty of other big films and series that have come to the streaming service. In addition, it’s the most watched film premiere on Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ under the Star Banner in all other territories.

We wrote in our 98% review for Prey: “Prey is one of the most exciting and inventive “prequels” we’ve seen in recent memory. The film boasts fantastic action, a badass lead, and pays tribute to the entire Predator series all in one.”

The only question that Hulu and 20th Century Studios have to ask themselves is: “why didn’t this come out in theaters?”. The Predator series has always been a fan favorite but it’s never catapulted itself into huge box office gains. That was probably the reason why it was released on Hulu, but the movie and the fervor it’s drumming up show that there’s some power to Prey.

Prey is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.

It was written by Patrick Alison and directed by Dan Trachtenberg. Through producer Jhane Myers, they got the attention and dedication to the legacy of the Comanche and Blackfoot nations. The film features a cast comprised of almost entirely Native and First Nation talent including Amber MidthunderDakota Beavers, Stormee KippMichelle Thrush, and Julian Black Antelope.

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