Look who’s back!
At the end of the 2017 Lifetime film, Stalker’s Prey, it appeared the psycho Bruce had been eaten by a shark. Normally, that’s not a fate that I wish on anyone but Bruce ….. well, Bruce really was a psycho. In fact, Bruce even fed several people to the sharks so it seemed kinda appropriate that a shark would eventually take him out. Like a lot of Lifetime movie psychos, Bruce was also the obsessive type. He was the type who would save your life (after, of course, arranging the accident that put you in danger in the first place) and then decide that you belonged to him. Bleh. Go, shark, go!
However, amazingly enough, Bruce apparently survived that shark attack. A Predator’s Obsession finds Bruce — now known as Daniel and played by Houston Stevenson — working at a local marina. He looks a bit different now, which I guess would make sense after everything that he’s been through. He’s got a few scars from being attacked by that shark but he also has all of his limbs. Most importantly, Bruce still loves sharks and they apparently love him. I guess it makes sense, seeing as how he’s named after the shark that starred in Jaws.
When Bruce saves a child named Kevin (Brayson Goss) from a shark, the media proclaims him a hero. Kevin’s family invites Bruce over for dinner. When they find out that Bruce has just gotten kicked out of his apartment and doesn’t have anywhere to live, they open their house to him. It’s supposed to only be a temporary thing but Bruce has no intentions of leaving. Bruce has fallen for Kevin’s older sister, Alison (Julia Blanchard). Despite the fact that her rich, no-good boyfriend, Carson (Jackson Dockery), is not happy about her living with another man, Alison tries to make Bruce comfortable. She even sets Bruce up on a date with her fun-loving best friend, Rhiannon (Sarah Wisser).
(It wouldn’t be a Lifetime film without a fun-loving best friend!)
However, Bruce is only interested in Alison and you know what that means. It’s time for Bruce to start feeding people to the sharks. It’s kind of sad, really. Bruce is handsome, charming, athletic, and he’s a good swimmer. It seems like he should be able to get a date without having to resort to feeding people to sharks. But I guess Bruce has his issues and, as a result, he never really got beyond the “feed my enemies to wild animals” stage of personal growth.
I absolutely loved Stalker’s Prey and I enjoyed the sequel as well. The great thing about A Predator’s Obsession is that it doesn’t take itself seriously at all. It fully embraces the shark-filled melodrama and the resulting action is just as over-the-top and joyfully outlandish as you could possibly hope for. In the previous film, Bruce was content to just push people over the side of a boat. In this film, he uses a crane to suspend someone over the water. He traps another person in a cage. The film understands that a good sequel has to be bigger than the original film and it’s so entertaining that I can’t wait for Stalker’s Prey 3.
I mean, with SyFy no longer showing original movies, there’s a whole lot of shark fans out there looking for a new home. Go get ’em, Lifetime!