British Nigerian Horror Films: Prey (2015)
Ebele (Weruche Opia) and her friends return to a car park in the late night after a birthday party. After saying goodbye to her friends, she gets to her car but discovers that it won't start. A man she had an earlier encounter with, Obi (OC Ukeje), approaches and she reluctantly asks for his help, only to find out things are not what they seem.
Prey has gone on to become "the first Nigerian film to be selected for the 2015 Screamfest Horror Film Festival" in Los Angeles and delightfully described as "a short film in the tradition of classic Alfred Hitchcock psychological suspense thrillers....." Further, Prey's uniqueness stems from its demonstration of "African cinema showcasing genre filmmaking in Nollywood cinema."
"I've always wanted to do a thriller film. I love scary films. And Prey was a perfect opportunity..."
-Prey writer Edith Nwekenta
King is heavily influenced by 1920's German Expressionism and post-war Japanese cinema. The combination of bleak, noir tones and overall insight into film style has made Prey a compelling piece of suspense that's "a cross between the horror, thriller and slasher genre."
The film is still making its festival rounds. If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, Prey will be screening at the Pan African Film Festival 2016 on Friday, February 11th and Sunday, February 13th. Details here.