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We’re continuing Marco Di Gregorio month with this little gem of Rambo inspired mayhem!


Returning home after a long time away (some military mission?) young Navajo warrior Thunder (Mark Gregory) visits The Old One (his great-unkle or something) and learns about about of the breaking of the treaty between their tribe and the Americans. Their sacred burial ground (they insist on calling it a cemetery) on Crow’s Hill is being desecrated by the illegal construction of the highway. Thunder enraged picks a fight with the workers and naturally that pisses off quite a few people in the town.

Gathering some sense Thunder takes the high road and follows the attack up by trying the legal path of stooping construction. He busts the hundred and some years old treaty from it’s dodgy frame and insist an audience with the Sheriff. Sheriff, and old B-movie veteran Bo Svenson (Inglorious Basterds, Kill Bill, Heartbreak Ridge) wants nothing more than to make Thunder disappear and make his life easier.

Thunder continues his crusade by trying to talk to the president of the bank financing the operation but deputy arrests him and exports him out of the town. Also he threatens Thunder’s life if he ever comes back. Now, after policeman leaves rednecks spot him and start chasing him down while spiting out the most racist things they can think of.

Hilarious part is that the worst of the rednecks  is Antonio Sabato who’s obviously Italian as one can get. After being tortured and left for dead Thunder vows vengeance on all of the town. He returns just to be attacked by police momentarily (it seems police isn’t interested in anything BUT molesting local Native population. One policeman sounds especially gay with dialogue like “I didn’t give you permission to bend over- yet” and “you’ll be queer by the time I’m done with you”. But unexpectedly Thunder fights back and his one man mission against the police (and other various racists) starts.

After a crazy car chase random journalist Sherman appears and tries to get to the bottom of all the craziness. Chase continues by foot (and contains a hilarious  jump down the canyon) until they finally lose him.  He even finds a time to save the deputy who’s not an asshole like the rest of the force. 

Straight like an arrow!

Journalist seeks out The Old One (who sounds like alcoholic Yoda). Following the case he visits the burial ground with the old Indian. Unfortunately deputies are gather there to lay a trap for Thunder and the old one ends up burned to death!!! The scene is both incredibly tragic and hilarious at the same time.

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Thunder surprises them during the night and hunt continues. All the dogs, horses and helicopters don’t really help the police when Thunder menages to get a hold of the full military arsenal. Nothing like a Native replacing bow and arrow with a bazooka.

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And like shooting up the place wasn’t enough Thunder steals a construction bulldozer and starts wrecking everything including a Police Station!!! In the end he gets surrounded by the police and end seem near but a good guy deputy decides to help him (’cause his grandfather is Navajo) and smuggles him out of town. Thunder is now free, ready to fight another day! Cue in the Western music…

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Verdict: Director De Angelis misses a chance to tackle a serious ( and still relevant) theme of treatment of the Native American population in USA and clings to the old Western tropes like his life depends on it. But truthfully what can you expect from the Italian directors who spent most of their lives copying American Westerns. What we’re left with is almost beat for beat copy of the Rambo (a big hit film only a year earlier) just cheesier and way more nonsensical than the original. Also the poor dubbing doesn’t help at all.

But hell, it obviously worked like a charm ’cause this movie was followed by a sequel Thunder II (1987) and even a Thunder III (1988).


Deadliest Prey (2013) is still red hot but David A Prior is at it AGAIN! It turns out he made two films back to back, first being the fables Deadly Prey sequel and the next one being possibly even more intriguing Relentless Justice. Yes, the title evokes a “Seagal’s revenge thriller” (practically a genre of it’s own at this point) and that is not too far from the truth, but the revenging is done here by a lovely lady Leilani Sarelle (Basic Instinct). The rest of the cast is also more than impressive, having veterans like Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, The Dark Knight and everything in between), epitome of awesomeness Mr. Wernon Wells (Commando, Mad Max: The Road Warrior),  Sherrie Rose (Tales from the Crypt, Unlawful Entry), Lisa Lanloia, Tara Kleinpeter and of course Ted Prior (Priors always come in twos).

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The Plot: Former Australian Intelligence operative Victoria Dev Ries (Leilani Sarelle), lives a quiet life in suburban America where as a single mother she raises her only daughter and trains fighters in her own M.M.A. gym. But when her daughter (Mimi Michaels) goes on a camping trip and fails to return, she is forced to go back into action. It would seem that a handful of people, including the Mayor and his girlfriend (Vernon G. Wells & Lisa Langlois) and Sheriff (David Campbell) along with a handful of others have a rather strange hobby. They like to hunt people for fun. And they are rather good at it, but when it comes down to hunting Victoria, they need help and so they bring in another former Intelligence operative, Joe Mangine (Mark Rolston) to balance the scales for them. But this may not be enough because for Victoria the only justice she knows is Relentless Justice.

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Enjoy the trailer and we’ll update you on the release date as soon as we find out. Good to see Prior Bros. firing on all cylinders!

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One of the main reasons our blog/website exists is David A Prior’s Deadly Prey. That’s one of those rare movies that pushed us from being aficionados to professionally reviewing movies. So it’s only natural that we would celebrate the day we got long gestating sequel (shot almost 30 years after the part 1) in our mail.And now among the first (our fantastic colleagues from Action Elite were little faster) you can read everything about the Deadliest Prey.

Movie starts with Colonel Hogan, ruthless ex- military officer walking up in sweat. He dreamt of Mike Danton, again. Obviously he’s been doing that for the better part of 25 years. Guard informs him he’s got to get his shit together ’cause he’s getting out in 30 minutes. He is then picked up by a hot redhead, ovbiasly a fan.

In the meantime little blond boy wakes up his father, ’cause it’s time to throw the thrash… then we find out that he’s father is none other than unstoppable Mike Danton! Denton doesn’t seem too thrilled by his chore but he asks for coffee and does it anyway. Unfortunately it turns out that the years haven’t made him invulnerable to his one lone weakness- taking out the thrash sneak attack! And before you know it Denton is stunned and packed like a sack of potatoes. Movie cuts to the unlikely trio of hackers gets bored with their video game life and surfing the net find the mysterious stream of man hunting. And we can all guess who’s the man being hunted can’t we? Denton stands face to face with his old nemesis- and game is all set to go. Denton takes a minute to promise swift death to all but Hogan (who he promise a slow, painful one) and as Hogan screams “now you run, son of a bitch” the hunt is finally on!

Hogan is also seemingly  in cahoots with shady internet businessmen- so he earns money from the manhunt stream and also hunts Denton (theoretically) killing two birds with one stone. Denton starts disposing the mercenaries one at the time… and instructed by his previous experience decides to steal a pair of pants, and some nice boots too!

Deadliest Prey (2013).avi_000797379“I’m not doing this shit barefoot again”

And when Denton get’s into a groove you better watch out. Armed mostly with a just a pocket size knife he starts casing mayhem on (surprisingly young and agile) group of would be mercenaries. Hogan doesn’t seem to bothered with this (I guess he plans on having a stream on for some hours) and also suddenly realizes he hasn’t gotten laid in almost 30 years. So he grabs his second in command redhead military chick (played by Tara Kleinpeter) and goes inspecting the troops (haven’t heard that one before).

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Surprisingly, Ted Prior looks good as an older, more chiseled Denton. Gone is the look of surf- boy bodybuilder replaced with a more “no bullshit” Clint Eastwood attitude. He dismantles everything they send after him leaving just one survivor with a message to Hogan. Hogan receives the message right away (it seems he didn’t last the full 15 minutes) but doesn’t seem too thrilled. In fact he rewards his soldier by shooting him point blank. And then things get really interesting- Fritz Matthews  is back as Thorton’s twin brother  ( by pure happstinance because someone from his church pointed towards something David wrote about him on his blog and decided to hit him up after 25 years ) and he’s not happy about Denton cutting his brothers arm and then beating him ’till death with it.

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In the meantime Danton is making friends, it turns out his old war buddy Kaplan is one of the mercenaries (sound familiar?). After a little bit of fist fighting Kaplan decides that he can’t go on with it- and offers to help Danton out. Denton seemingly disappears from Hogan’s eyes aka cameras but that just pisses him off and he decides to lead a hunting party himself (backed by Thorton ofc). He also shoots a couple of internet entrepreneurs that helped him set everything up- just because. After an introverted moment or a two in which he thinks about his family Denton returns to doing what he does best- wrecking everything on his sight. But he didn’t count on Lt. Thorton (part 2) and soon it finds himself captured and gagged.

Hogan interrogates him for a bit- and describes all the torturing he means to deliver and I must say David Campbell has grown more manic with time. Redhead Sophia then takes her turn seemingly jealous of the all attention Hogan is giving him. As soon as she’s gone, Kaplan shows up and frees Danton and they make daring escape… BY BLOWING SHIT UP!

Unfortunately Kaplan dies and it seems that Denton will meet the same fate… when the deadly trio of ridiculous hackers picks him up (’cause they managed to tracked down the source of the feed). Now, Danton can finally reunite with his family and everything will be OK. Unfortunately family is not home! Being a strategical genius Lt. Hogan send his mercenaries to kidnap his wife just in case and Denton is met with deadly Sophie finally ready to deliver on her treats. Denton does what he generally does with women he doesn’t like- he back fists her and shoots her all kinds of dead.

Then it’s time to suit up and go into one last battle. He armors himself for the special occasion .And even his daisy dukes make a special appearance.

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He starts off with some old school traps and continues with stealth slicing and dicing. After the first trap- bomb goes off he ditches the stealth mode and adopts more straight forward Rambo approach.The last bargaining chip Hogan’s got is Danton’s wife. Unfortunately for him that doesn’t last for long. Hogan finally looses it and orders Thorton to off the woman. So it seems they’ll be two for two in Denton’s wife killing business. But not- someone shot Thorton in the shoulder and that’s a wild card- Denton Jr. who sneaked out on hacker bunch and decided to help out his dad.

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Then the original Denton jumps in and let’s just say some are end up flying in the process. Just before a final showdown between Denton and Hogan the trio of hackers shows up… and they die. Denton proves harder to kill- one of his ultimate traps finally pays of a Hogan ends up disemboweled. The End.

Verdict: Even though this movie is even more low budget affair than the original Priors actually managed to improve on the original in some ways. The copied   the structure of the original completely – tweaked it just enough so it flows more natural. Also the fact is Ted Prior is no longer muscle bound hot-head but actually a capable actor and that changes things up. Now don’t get me wrong- Prior can be as corny as it gets when he needs to be but now he’s got that Eastwood ironic detachment that makes things even more hilarious. Also- David Campbell is hitting an all time high, in this movie- this is one of my favorite madman ever caught on screen. But most of all  this movie has an incredible “blast from the past” vibe to it and it brings back all the B-movie all out action trashiness that seems incredibly fresh in today’s PG-13 ultra- budget centered industry. Anyway, the years haven’t hurt Priors at all. Now I just hope to see Prior Bros. fallow this up with a couple more trademark action romps that they’re known for (and a nice slasher in old school Sledgehammer/ Aerobicide style wouldn’t hurt too).

Trivia: David A Prior when asked about a possible Deadly Prey 3, gave free rains to his nephew to make a Deadly Prey: Next Generation as soon as he’s 18. I wouldn’t be surprised if that actually happens, the kid has the making of the action star.

Note #01 (Un)fortunately we don’t have any recent nude photos of Ted Prior.

Note #02 WM Crew would also like to thank PRIOR BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT for providing us with DVD for review in such short notice. Class acts all the way.

We have something awesome for you, you guesed it, the new Deadliest Prey trailer– straight from the Prior Bros.

…and when you’re done with that something even better. You can now officially pre-order the movie right here and if you pre-order before November 1 you get your DVD signed by Mike Denton himself, Mr. Ted Prior! Don’t miss the chance of the lifetime!.

After some delays in production and an unsuccessful attempt of gathering finances for the project via Kickstarter fabled sequel to the most ridiculous Rambo rip-off ever is finally nearing completion (see under Deadly Prey). Skeptical at first after numerous pleas from the producer Fabio Soldani director of the original (and many other B- Action/Horror/ SF movies) David A Prior finally decided to give it a go one more time- with his brother and partner in crime Ted Prior also back, reprising his role of blond, mullet wearing, indestructible Vietnam vet Mike Denton!  Also back for the ride are  as incredibly evil Lt. Hogan and Fritz Matthews as Thorton (last seen without a hand and a scalp with the help of our favorite super- soldier Denton). We also have some additions to the franchize, most notably stunning brunet Tara Kleinpeter as deadly mercenary Sophia. Here are some pics to tickle your imagination until first (and probably the last) trailer comes around!

Mike Denton, never did like being captured by woman. Man on the other hand…

With a brand new arm, shooting better than ever!

Denton, back at doing what he does best.

Will this finally be the end of sadistic Lt. Hogan? Well if disemboweling doesn’t get him there’s always old age…

Verdict: It took him 25 years but Danton will finally have his revenge! And we’ll be there to see it (and review it), hell-yeah!

In the old days when you wanted to see Rambo (1982) you had to go to your local video-store, and if they didn’t have Rambo VHS then you had to settle for the popular Italian rip-off Navajo Thunder (1983), and if you’re really out of luck and somebody already rented Navajo Thunder, well then you’re only choice was The Deadly Prey. This is what happens when you ignore the common sense and take home a 10th rate copy of a film you originally wanted.

       …HE STILL IS

Movie starts with Colonel Hogan, ruthless ex- military officer trains a large group of  would be mercenaries by having them hunt down and kill random people they abduct from the streets of L.A.? In need of new victims they kidnap the blond bodybuilder dude who’s taking out the trash in front of his own house (for some reason) wearing nothing but pair of Daisy Dukes . They easily overcome him and take him to their exercise camp…

Then, whole Hell breaks loose. Ridiculous blond dude is none other than Mike Danton, super- soldier who served in Vietnam.  They let him run, but when they star hunting him he suddenly appears out of nowhere* and kills them one at a time, sometimes using a primitive weapon (tree branch or a rock) and sometimes using nothing but his bare hands.

Hogan’s first in command Thorton (and the most dangerous mercenary- signaled  by a black bodybuilding shirt and aviator glasses) gets frustrated with his men’s performance and kills one of them as a result, then another one. As the movie continues you start to wander are Denton and Thorton competing in number of kills or what?

In the meantime Danton’s idiotic, also blond wife is devastated and instead of calling police like any sane ( or even insane) person on the face of the planet would do she calls her daddy, crazy ex- cop first ( played by a veteran Cameron Mitchell, the only at least little bit capable actor in this- I dare not say- movie). She barely gives any information to her father even though she partially saw  license plates of the kidnappers.

*Let’s just take couple of minutes off and enjoy the killing…

After offing something  like a dozen mercenaries in such creative ways as crashing them with a tree, killing them with a sharp stick, appearing Ala Jason Voorhees from the lake and impaling them on the knife (all the while experiencing some kind of unholy ecstasy ) he  is finally stopped by only capable man in the group Thorton (beware the glasses) and Mike Dentons kryptonite is revealed!!! As it was often in the 80es his only weakness is leg kicks to the head, he just has no defense against their pure awesomeness… and soon enough is THE END OF A STORY for Denton… or is ti?


Denton of course finds a way to escape. That includes slapping a female soldier unconscious, in fact a female soldier is the main squeeze for evil Colonel Hogan (but not enough to satisfy his appetites as we’ll find out later). After that he’s making glorious escape, BY THROWING A BOMB IN ONE SOLDIER’S PANTS- curiously after explosion nothing remains – no blood, meat or bone, just his boots, in perfect mint collection state!!! He also destroys a tank right after that, even though it was not on his way.
Then he disappears again…

Faced with no choice, Hogan and co decide to raise up the stakes. They kidnap Denton’s idiotic wife and instead of  using her as a leverage to flush out Denton right away Hogan decides to RAPE HER FIRST!!! WTF? I knew the dude is a messed up war veteran and a mercenary but an all around maniac like that- didn’t  see this one coming!

Anyway her father somehow finds a way into the camp and starts causing a ruckus (even killing a main financier of the operation while lecturing him on social justice and his hard life as a cop) but they capture him and take him to his daughter just in time for the epic dialogue that consists of  flat “What did they do to you hunnie” and uncontrollable childish – I lost my favorite doll- tone response “They raped me Daddy”. I had to take a minute  after this scene not being able to process what I witnessed right away.  After that they even shoot the father!!!

Denton than breaks into armory I guess (?) and has a little confrontation with the lady mercenary. That confrontation ended up being their last. Updated on his wife’s presence he armors up and backed by his old friend from ‘Nam Cooper (who abruptly decided to switch sides, seeing what he did to other mercenaries) starts rescue mission that consists mostly of destroying everything on his way.

Do not engage in dialogue with Mike Denton, he might bitch-slap you into unconsciousness
 and shoot you couple of  times!

So buddies Denton and Cooper free the poor, poor wife, Denton sadistically blows up a dude a the calls it “his calling card” with a smile from ear to ear. Those two seem more like a couple than Danton and his wife but who am I to judge. They hide the girl and start going all gun- ho on the last couple surviving mercenaries. Unfortunately while they were busy playing Thorton (again proving to be superior to every other villain in this movie) captures Jaimy aka Mrs. Denton.
Things soon get wild as the Hogan ends up wounded, Cooper dead… and Thorton decides to off the girl just for the heck of it. Danton looses his shit, throws the gun away and starts slashing with a machete! Thorton misses five time straight from point blank range (?), looses an arm- do to machete and then gets K.O.-ed with that same arm by Danton! Damn!*

Then Danton start acting so crazy that Nick Cage would be afraid of him… He scalps Thorton (while concentration on the sky?) screams like a wounded animal and goes after Hogan. He quickly finds him, the dude is old and wounded- and then yells “Take of your shirt”. At this point I was ready to believe that he wanted to return a favor for raping his wife but he has another idea… he lets him run and prepares to come after him- and closes the circle of completely unnecessary violence with that.

Danton takes revenge for his wife’s death by cutting dude’s arm off with the machete
and then knocks  him out with that same arm?! Damn!

Verdict: What is truly fascinating about this movie is it’s unique ability to completely bypass regular action movie or any kind of movie dramatic structure. There is no three- acts which offer setup, the confrontation and the resolution.Instead they just throw us head first into the ActII (and we have no idea what is going on), after half an hour they make a brief interlude (which explains some things but mostly leaves you confused) , then it’s Act II- Part II with more senseless violence followed by itsy- tiny Interlude  and then Grand Finale that lives you wandering what the hell just happened.  I never experienced anything like this and probably won’t ever again- except if I decide to re-watch the damn thing- and there’s not much chance of that EVER happening.

I think we all learned a valuable lesson here. JUST WATCH RAMBO.