“If it bleeds, I can kill it…”
Whereas Xenomorphs and the alien from The Thing are beyond reasoning with, there’s something familiar about the extraterrestrial hunters who populate the Predator franchise, something that makes them somewhat familiar and uniquely compelling. The series is as popular today as it was in the 1980s, as the impending reboot (Shane Black’s The Predator, arriving August 3rd) proves.
The classic horror movie is the subject of Australian film critic Mark Bishop’s latest video: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Predator! It’s a must-watch for new and original Predator fans alike. From the actor who originally donned the Predator suit to the tongue-in-cheek joke that launched the franchise, it’s an illuminating and entertaining ride. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
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If you can’t stream, the 10 things you probably didn’t know about Predator are listed and briefly summarized below the video, followed by the trailer and synopsis for the film, directed by John McTiernan. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: You’re One Ugly Mother…
The Original Movie was Inspired by a Joke: It all started with the release of Rocky IV, the film that saw the iconic boxer battling a nemesis from Russia. A joke then circulated that Rocky would have to battle an alien in the next sequel, as he had defeated all earthy opponents. Screenwriters Jim Thomas and John Thomas were inspired by the joke to create Predator (originally envisioning Sylvester Stallone as the lead). It’s worth noting that Stallone’s original Rocky opponent, Apollo Creed, appears in Predator; Carl Weathers plays Dillon.
The Original Predator Alien Looked Insect-Like: The Predator alien originally sported bug-eyes and hinged-jaw, resembling Jeff Goldblum’s final transformation
The Fly. The Predator we know and love today come courtesy of James Cameron, who joined the team later in the film’s production.
Jean Claude Van Damme was the Original Predator Body Actor: We did an entire article about Van Damme’s turbulent experiences on the set of Predator; check it out in the link below the list.
The Movie’s Original Title: The film was originally titled Hunter, which wouldn’t have had the same resonance, as it infers a human antagonist.
Predator Has Done Battle with Batman and Superman: DC Comics have released 2 crossover series: Batman vs Predator and Superman vs Predator.
Predator Has Killed Archie: In what may be the most bizarre comic book crossover event ever, the alien from Predator killed the iconic teen from Riverdale, Archie. It’s actually an incredibly violent (if unlikely) match-up and includes a scene where the Predator dismembers Jug Head and eats his skin.
Predator Video Game: A game based on Predator was released by Nintendo in 1987. In addition to the titular hunter, players battled scorpions, butterflies, and amorphous blobs in the side-scrolling game. There was also a game based on Predator 2 released by Sega.
Predator 2 Paved the Way for Alien vs Predator: The idea for a Predator/Xenomorph encounter was spawned by an Easter egg in Predator 2. Aboard the extraterrestrial ship, we see trophies from past Predator hunts, including a Xenomorph skull. The idea set the wheels in motion for Alien vs Predator.
Predator was Played by a Friendly Bigfoot: The Predator was played by Kevin Peter Hall, who also played the sasquatch Harry in Harry and the Hendersons.
The Character Billy was Meant to Be the Main Lead: In the original script, the lead protagonist is a Native American. This was rewritten when Arnold Schwarzenegger was cast, and Billy (played by Sonny Landham) became a side character.
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Official Synopsis: Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a soldier of fortune, is hired by the U.S. government to secretly rescue a group of politicians trapped in Guatemala. But when Dutch and his team, which includes weapons expert Blain (Jesse Ventura) and CIA agent George (Carl Weathers), land in Central America, something is gravely wrong. After finding a string of dead bodies, the crew discovers they are being hunted by a brutal creature with superhuman strength and the ability to disappear into its surroundings.
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