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Cast: Nick Chinlund (Chronicles of Riddick, Con Air), Adrian Paul ("Highlander: The Series"), Kevin Grevioux (Underworld), Fahim Fazli (Argo, Iron Man), Adolfo de la Parra, Justin Arnold, Masika Kalisha, and Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk till Dawn)

Director: Eric Hensman

Genre: Action/Horror

Year: 2022

Rating: NR

In the Afghanistan desert, a group of mercenaries out for treasure complete their greatest heist. Seeking refuge from the hunting Taliban in a nearby cave, they are soon joined by retreating US soldiers, and both groups are trapped within by a rocket explosion at the cave’s entrance. The newly joined parties need to work together to find an escape through the labyrinth but soon realize they’re being tracked by a deadly beast that local legend calls Karnoctus; and they have become the prey.

'The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus' tells the story of a group of mercenaries and U.S. soldiers who get caught in a cave after taking cover from Afghan soldiers. Trapped and looking for a way out several soldiers begin to have hallucinations after opening a canister but they soon find out that they have a lot more to worry about when they are hunted one by one by an Afghan legend known as Karnoctus or the Afpahn Sasquatch.

I get the impression after watching the trailer that this was going to play out like a SYFY Channel film and while that in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing but I was surprised to find it to be an entertaining creature feature that left me wanting more. The film was directed by Cire Hensman and Matthew Hensman and was written by Matthew Hensman and Gustavo Sainz de la Peña. The trailer shows the always entertaining Danny Trejo and Adrian Paul but both are only in the film a short time. But the film still has a great cast including, Nick Chinlund (Chronicles of Riddick, Con Air), Kevin Grevioux (Underworld), Fahim Fazli (Argo, Iron Man), Adolfo de la Parra, Justin Arnold and Masika Kalisha.

'The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus' is a war film turned horror that uses its small budget in a smart and clever way by focusing more on the characters and not trying to do too much as far as the special effects go. It takes around 45 minutes before we get a good look at the creature but the wait was worth it because the creature looks badass. This is one film that I set the bar low on but came out of it highly entertained and I liked the ending which sets it up for a sequel so here is to hoping they get more of a budget next time around.

The film will open in Los Angeles June 3, 2022 at the Regency Theatres Van Nuys Plant 16 for a weeklong run. On June 7, The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus will be available nationwide on all major Cable VOD platforms, including Comcast, Dish, Charter, DirecTV, Cox, and Verizon Fios. If you like creature features then I highly recommend checking this one out, It has it all, action, horror and even a bit of comedy as well.

Released by Lennexe Films

*** 1/2 Out Of *****