Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Short Film: Hunt and Prey

Hunt and Prey, or Jäger und Gejagte, is a 2014 short film that comes in at slightly under 13-minutes and was directed by Nadine Knobloch. (I thought the title should be translated to Hunter and Prey but the IMDb page lists Hunt and Prey as the alternate title)

The film in and of itself is fairly simple. It starts with a woman, Maria (Marie Nasemann), running scared through the night time (or day for night, at least) forest in her nightgown, pursued by Radu (Gregory B. Waldis). As she runs she falls and cuts her head.

Maria and Radu

When he catches her she is defiant, he almost apologetic. This is bigger than they, he says, and we go back in time to discover that they were lovers and he was going to ask her father for her hand in marriage. The father was not so keen, Radu is a hunter but the father has not seen his kills brought to market. Nevertheless, it is clear he will capitulate.


The trouble is Maria died suddenly and Radu’s prey is not beast but the undead. That might seem like I’ve spoilt the twist but the actual question is will his duty overcome his love? Watching the short will give you that answer.

The imdb page is here.


EpimeTheAus said...

I would gladly watch an hour and a half of that.
The actors are perfectly in the strike zone between committed and chewing the scenery, the atmosphere is late 80's early 90's and I feel like they'd do the genre justice with the right resources.
Full Moon Features should get in contact with them haha

Taliesin_ttlg said...

It would make a good base for a Full Moon Picture, wouldn't it :)

EpimeTheAus said...

It really would.