Carano had been fired from Disney’s ‘Mandalorian‘ series after what they viewed as an objectionable tweet, which people who sided with Carano viewed as politically motivated. Yet, within 36 hours she had a new deal already lined up with The Daily Wire slated for her to not only produce but star in as well. That film is the Western Thriller, ‘Terror on the Prairie‘.
In this new Western from The Daily Wire, Carano plays Hattie McAllister, a country strong pioneer mother forced to defend herself and her children against ruthless criminals terrorizing her family while her husband, Jeb (played by UFC Fighter, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone) leaves their remote homestead to buy supplies in a nearby town, it’s up to Hattie to keep their home and their children safe from the soulless outlaw Captain Miller (Nick Searcy) and his bandits.
Shot in the elements and using primarily natural light ‘Terror on the Prairie‘ is a gritty Western that is part of the revitalization of the genre, similar to, ‘Desperate Riders‘ released earlier this year.
Carano’s Hattie is a strong woman that in the early parts of the film practically suffers in silence, until she tells her husband how she might not be cut out for pioneer life. Whether Hattie is suffering from what is now known as postpartum depression, a concept that was unthinkable in the 19th century, or just a woman losing her mind in solitude, Carano shines as this character in showing Hattie’s fortitude.
Even through all of this, Hattie helps stitch up a Native-American woman’s wound, as the poor lady suffers through the pain. Hattie continued to sit in silence until her husband and son Will, return from hunting before she breaks down in front of them, even if just a whimper.
The struggles of marriage on the prairie shows as the impoverished family try to live the American Dream by toiling the land, without the help of anyone, including Hattie’s parents whom she wants to return home to, allowing Jeb to obtain work with her father, which he views as defeat. As Jeb leaves for supplies, without so much as a goodbye, that is when things take a turn for the worse.
Carano is incredible as through all her years of Muay Thai and MMA training are channeled through Hattie in all her suffering, even in moments where she breaks down, she still does not become a helpless shell of a woman. She even shows kindness to Miller who comes across as a kind stranger at first before turning into her worst nightmare, but through all that Hattie continues to move forward in order to survive. Carano is feminine yet powerful as with every other Nak Muay Ying that has come before and after her in battle.
Nick Searcy’s Captain Miller is a chilling villain as he misquotes scripture for his own vengeful nature, while singing Rebel songs. There is nothing more terrifying than someone who abuses religion for personal gain, especially when evil men use it for their own justifications and Searcy proves it in his performance. My favorite line of his comes early in the film where Captain Miller states, “If manners maketh the man, then I am surrounded by boys.”