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Subj: Re: New banner! How would you rank Predator?
Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 at 07:30:35 am EDT (Viewed 112 times)
Reply Subj: Re: New banner! How would you rank Predator?
Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 at 08:57:02 pm EDT (Viewed 119 times)

    I was always a big fan of Predator. I even liked part 2 even though it was the exact same movie with a new coat of paint.

I'm glad to see sommeone else liked it!

    Predator is hardly a sci-fi movie. If it wasn't for that brief shot of the ship at the beginning you wouldn't even know the bad guy was an alien until the end of the movie. My Dad must have missed that opening shot because he said when the Predator's mask came off at the end he was surprised to see an alien.

The baddie is very much a comic book super-villain, and as with most of those, the back story is mainly there to explain the super powers and motivation.

    Predator is, like you said, a suspense movie. But I would also say it's a horror film with the cast being picked off by the unseen killer one at a time. The difference being that in most horror films the cast are weak and vulnerable and here with almost every cast member being an ultra-macho killing machine, it really upped the threat level of the villain. Also in most horror movies I (and probably everyone else) generally dislike the cast members, and here I actually liked them and got invested.

Yet to me the essence of a horror film is the terror of the protagonists. If they're not trembling and whimpering and shrieking and fleeing in panic, it's just not a horror film to me. These protagonists were too bad ass for any of that. Which, by the way, is one reason I liked the film.

    I also liked that after all the guns and bombs were spent, Arnold is left to create his own weapons and traps out of what he finds. It's always fun to watch somebody do something without explaining what they're doing.

It really accentuated his gritty refusal to surrender.

    I liked the slow reveal of the alien. First you just see signs of it. Then you see through its eyes. Then you see it in the invisible form. Then finally the cloak fails and it's got a great costume. Then the mask comes off and it's got a great animatronic face.

Yup. I liked that too.

    I agree there is nothing on its own that's original or spectacular, but there are a million details in here and they are all done very well. It's just a fun, disposable popcorn movie that's better than most.

I think it will forever be the iconic template for movies of this sort. We can debate whether movies of this sort are worthwhile, but regardless whether they are or not, if it turns out that they continue to be made, they will all stand in the shadow or on the shoulders of Predator.

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