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Prey's debut breaks Predator franchise history with Rotten Tomatoes record

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Prey's debut breaks Predator franchise history with Rotten Tomatoes record

The reviews are in for Prey – the highly anticipated Predator prequel – and it's already breaking records on Rotten Tomatoes. 

"It hunts to live, it lives to hunt". No, that isn't your mum describing you looking for food on a hangover, it's the tagline for the suspense-filled film of the summer, which debuts on Hulu tomorrow, 5 August.

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, Prey follows Naru (Amber Midthunder), a skilled female warrior who fights to protect her tribe while under attack from a 'highly-evolved' predator - aka the villain from John Thomas' hit 1987 film, Predator.

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The reviews for Prey are already looking promising, with the flick having debuted on Rotten Tomatoes with a very solid 100 percent - making it the highest-rated instalment of the franchise so far.

A perfect score that the infamously harsh review site boasted about on Twitter: "Early reviews are in for #PreyMovie - currently it's #Fresh at 100% on the #Tomatometer, with 27 reviews."

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Critics agreed, with one saying: "Not only is Prey an expertly crafted thriller, but the new Predator movie also heavily benefits from being a deeply personal character journey -- one powered by Comanche tradition just as much as it is by Predator-sparked thrills."

While another added: "Trachtenberg has directed the hell out of one of the best monster movies in years, proving that there’s life in any horror franchise if you stick to what makes the central creature fascinating."

A third even suggested the film was better than its predecessor: "As a sci-fi, action, drama film, Prey has more style and depth than the original Predator movie but still manages to tie the two films together with common threads offering a plausibility that makes sense."

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And the film's critical success seems only to be solidified by the intense care that's gone into its production.

Prey tells the story of a young woman named Naru. Credit: Hulu/20th Century Studios
Prey tells the story of a young woman named Naru. Credit: Hulu/20th Century Studios

Prey is set in Comanche Nation 300 years ago and is the first full film to be dubbed in Comanche.

It's a move that is incredibly important, not just to the film's plot but to the tribe it centres around, with producer Jhane Myers – who is herself Comanche – saying: "The fact that people will have a choice – the world will have a choice – to listen to the whole film in Comanche is amazing."

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