Prey is the latest installment in the Predator franchise and was released on streaming platforms last week. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, the film stars Amber Midthunder and Dakota Beavers, and is the first chronological entry in the series. Set in the 1700s, a Comanche girl named Naru embarks on a coming-of-age adventure where she encounters the Feral Predator.
Though set before the previous pictures, Prey contains numerous references that may seem, like the Predator, invisible to the general audience. Of course, there are the straightforward ones that will be covered here, but there are also some Easter eggs peppered in for the hardcore fans. This is because, aside from the movies, the Predator franchise has success in various different mediums under its belt. Ranging from the Dark Horse comics, video games, and even beloved toy lines, the Predator is more than just a movie series.
Whether it's call-backs to the mainline feature films or even obscure media, Prey may surprise even the most well-versed fans with its deep cuts. Without further ado, then, here are the Prey Easter eggs and the source material that they reference.
8. If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It
This Easter egg is probably the easiest to spot, which happens when Naru and her brother, Taabe are captured by French trappers and are used as bait for the Predator. Our heroine feels unsure whether the creature can be stopped, but her brother reassures her with the iconic line, "If it bleeds, we can kill it".
This phrase is one of the most famous lines of dialogue from 1987's original Predator picture, and was initially delivered by Arnold Schwarzenegger's Dutch. Though other pieces of dialogue were referenced in the previous sequels, this one only made its first return in Prey.
Thankfully, the use of the line serves as an inspirational moment in the film and affirms the bond between the Comanche brother and sister. Dakota Beavers, in his first movie role, pulls off the phrase without making it sound ham-fisted or forced. At the same time, "If it bleeds, we can kill it", is the only line in Predator that can be referenced anyway due to the time period.
Also, the lack of "Ugly motherf**ker" and "Get to the chopper" is probably for the best.