Predator

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Predator (1987)

Director: John McTiernan

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carilla and Kevin Peter Hall

Synopsis: An elite team of Commandos headed by Major Dutch Schafer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) are hired by an old teammate of Dutch’s, Dillon (Carl Weathers) to rescue a Cabinet Minister whose helicopter has crashed in South America. Once in the jungle the team realizes that there is something much more sinister with them than just an army of Guerrilla soldiers. After a while they begin to realize their Predator (Kevin Peter Hall) is not from this world and is picking them off one by one. Now Dutch and Dillon with the help of the remaining team members and Anna (Elpidia Carillo), a local rebel, to try and kill the Predator before it kill them.

Trivia: An attempt was made to get shots of the Predator swinging from tree to tree using a monkey in a red special-effects suit. However, the monkey kept removing the suit and the idea was abandoned. The original “Hunter” model was a large creature with a long neck, a head shaped like a dog and one big eye in the middle. This can be seen on the camouflage demo’s on the DVD. It was only when Stan Winston moved in that the complete design of the now “Predator” changed, along with the title.

How scary is this really?: Predator is not very scary anymore after the hundredth viewing but when I was a kid this scared the crap out of me. This is the best non Terminator film that Arnie did and it is still a great sci-fi film. Kevin Peter Hall is amazing as the Predator and remains to his day he best actor to don the Predator costume. This is another good October film to watch and a great guy’s movie.

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Films to See After You Die: #23 Aliens vs. Predator-Requiem

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Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem (2007)

Directors: Colin Strause, Greg Strause

Cast: Steve Pasquale, Reiko Aylesworth, John Ortiz, Johnny Lewis

Synopsis: Two Predators load several live Alien facehuggers and his dead comrade onto a ship, intending to return to the Predator homeworld. Unbeknown to him, the dead comrade was impregnated with an Alien before dying. The alien bursts from the corpse’s chest, then quickly grows into a Predator-Alien hybrid. The Pred-Alien attacks the crew, killing them and forcing the ship to crash land in Gunnison, Colorado. Before one of the Predators is killed, he sends a distress call to the homeworld. His message is received by a Predator warrior who immediately embarks on the journey to earth to rectify the situation. Meanwhile, the facehuggers escape from the crashed ship and impregnate a father and son hunting team and, later, two homeless men living in the sewer system. Dallas (Steven Pasquale) returns to Gunnison after a stint in the state penitentiary. He is picked up at the bus station by Morales (John Ortiz); Dallas and Morales used to be partners in crime, but Morales is now the county’s sheriff. Also arriving home is Kelly (Reiko Aylesworth), after a tour of duty in Iraq. Her husband, Tim is overjoyed to see her, but their daughter, Molly, is unsure of how to react to her mother’s return. She does, however, enjoy the night-vision goggles Kelly brought home as a souvenir. Meanwhile, Dallas’s younger brother Ricky (Johnny Lewis), loses his car keys while delivering pizzas. After people start disappearing throughout town it becomes clear that the remaining survivors need to get out before its too late.

Trivia: According to the DVD commentary, Robert Joy’s character Col. Stevens was originally written as Garber from Predator 2, who was the highest ranking survivor from Peter Keyes team hunting the predators. When the actor who played Garber (Adam Baldwin) couldn’t be scheduled, the character was changed to Col Stevens.

Why I think you shouldn’t see this: I am a huge fan of both the Alien and Predator series so I had high hopes for both AVP films but they just weren’t good enough. The Strause brothers are amateur filmmakers at best making what it barely above fanboy quality. The acting is terrible but the few scenes with no humans are pretty great though and they actually do nail the Predator but sadly it isn’t enough to save the film. If you have have a craving for Alien and Predator action just watch the standalone films.

Films to See Before You Die: #61 Predator

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Predator (1987)

Director: John McTiernan

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carillo

Synopsis: An elite team of Commandos headed by Major Dutch Schafer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) are hired by an old teammate of Dutch’s, Dillon (Carl Weathers) to rescue a Cabinet Minister whose helicopter has crashed in South America. Once in the jungle the team realizes that there is something much more sinister with them than just an army of Guerrilla soldiers. After a while they begin to realize their Predator (Kevin Peter Hall) is not from this world and is picking them off one by one. Now Dutch and Dillon with the help of the remaining team members and Anna (Elpidia Carillo), a local rebel, to try and kill the Predator before it kill them.

Trivia: According to an interview with director John McTiernan, the “hole in the jungle” appearance of the Predator was played by Jean-Claude Van Damme in a “blue screen” (actually red) suit. Van Damme quit after two days, unhappy with being cast as an uncredited special effect, but can be seen as the Predator in If It Bleeds We Can Kill It: The Making of ‘Predator’. The alien was scrapped, redesigned and was eventually played by Kevin Peter Hall who was 7’2″ tall.

Why I think you should see this: I remember seeing this movie when I was only 9 years old and I loved every minute of it and 15 years later I still love it. This is one of Schwarzenegger’s best as well as the movie that made John McTiernan famous. This is a big time mens film but I still will recommend it too anyone. I also suggest you see the two sequels Predator 2 and Predators if you really love the seires you could check out the Alien vs. Predator films but that isn’t necessary. The score from composer Alan Silvestri is one of my all time favourites. Check this one out sometime.