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Predator: From the Best to the Worst
Since 1987, the Predator has become a horror icon. From facing off with Schwarzeneggar to Danny Glover to Adrien Brody, the Predator race keeps coming back to find new opponents. In the following article, I will list the films featuring Predator from the best to the worst.
I'm sure you've heard the phrase "the first is always the best", right? Well, in this case it's true. 1987 was the year we were introduced to the world's....or even the universe's....most dangerous hunter. The tension and climactic build-up was substantially more well-done than the other films, The inclusion of two of cinema's biggest bad boys (Arnold Schwarzeneggar and Carl Weathers) made the film feel like there were much higher stakes. If these guys couldn't take Predator down, who could? Smart move on director John McTiernan's part. I give the original Predator a good 3 out of 4.
#2: Alien Vs Predator
Even though Alien vs Predator isn't canon in the Alien series, it's still fun to think that it is canon in the Predator universe. Maybe the Predator series takes place in an alternate timeline or universe. Any fan of the X-Men films ought to be used to that kind of thing.
Alien vs Predator (or AvP for short) takes place in the year 2004 when Mr. Weyland of Weyland Industries has discovered some kind of pyramid beneath the icy surface of Antarctica. He gathers a team together to get down there and investigate, but what they discover is that they are not alone in the universe.
I enjoyed AvP. Sure the acting isn't exactly Oscar worthy but it's a fun film that combines two of the best monsters in horror history and pits them against each other. As the tagline for the film states: "Whoever wins, we lose." I give AvP a 3 out of 4.
Predators is the latest film in the franchise, following several specifically chosen people who are mysteriously brought to the Predators homeworld in order to battle each other. If the history revealed in AvP is correct, then Predators proving themselves worthy as skilled hunters is a sort of rite of passage to their species. Who better to hunt than the deadliest of our world: Adrien Brody, Danny Trejo, and....Topher Grace???
Predators had a good idea but the script had some cheesy dialogue and I personally think it was completely miscast. It is good for what it is, though, when is a slightly above mediocre monster film. OI give Predators a 2.5 out of 4.
#4: Predator 2
Predator 2 thought it was being smart by putting Predator right in the middle of Los Angeles. From a literal jungle to a crime jungle, Predator takes on three or four different gangs and the cops too. The thing about this film is, it changed the Predator from a villain to a vigilante. He targeted the villainous gangs and gave them what they deserved. The cops that died were more or less just in the wrong place at the wrong time. If anything, Predator made Los Angeles a safer place. The only problem with that is, you can't very well be a horror icon if you're acting like a superhero. Good idea, bad execution. I give Predator 2 a 2 out of 4.
Worst - Alien Vs Predator: Requiem
In Alien vs Predator: Requiem, the Predator ship from AvP crash lands on earth, forcing the Predators to track and kill the Xenomorphs. Sounds like a pretty cool premise. The one thing wrong with it, and it's a big thing, is the no-holds-barred violence against children. If there's one thing I hate more than anything in this already screwed up world, it's children getting hurt. It was completely unnecessary and did absolutely nothing for the plot. I suppose the director wanted to show how ruthless the aliens were but you can do that without targeting children specifically. I suppose that's why AvP3 never happened, which really stinks considering this film ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. I give AvP:R a 1 out of 4.
Which Predator film did you like best?
For some reason, Predator hasn't been as successful of a franchise as Alien has. Is it the directors or the writing? Possibly both. One thing's clear though, you can't beat the original. Hopefully Predator will get a breath of fresh air from Shane Black's upcoming The Predator due to be released next year, assuming Black can refrain from any silly fake-outs.
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