“If it bleeds…we can kill it.”
Mr. Olympia-turned-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger had already made cinematic splashes with John Milius’ “Conan the Barbarian” and James Cameron’s “The Terminator.” but 1987’s “Predator” would solidify The Austrian Oak’s leading man status.
As Special Forces commando Dutch Schaeffer, Arnold leads one of cinema’s all time most macho casts (Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham along with comic relief Shane Black) into the jungles of Val Verde on a rescue mission that turns into a battle for survival as they’re picked off one at a time by a mysterious, otherworldly hunter.
Allegedly the brainchild of a joke about Sylvester Stallone fighting everyone but E.T. in the Rocky films, screenwriting brothers Jim and John Thomas crafted a half-throwback 50’s alien invasion film meets full-on 80’s testosterone fest with glistening muscles, guns, explosions and primal battle all under the classy eye of director John McTiernan.
Filming in the jungles of Mexico proved difficult for cast and crew as they braced heat, bugs, mud, food poisoning and a creature (played by an unknown Jean-Claude Van Damme) that was as uncooperative as it was visually underwhelming. Creature f/x wizard Stan Winston and team jumped in last minute to create the iconic space warrior with mandibles featured in the finished film and multiple sequels, spinoffs, comic-books and video games.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, “Predator” remains a true classic with its practical and exciting action, tense pacing, Alan Silvestri’s classic score, top notch cast, one liners and a handful of NSFW jokes. Archival print courtesy of 20th Century Fox Archive. (Duvien Ho)
Special Thanks to 20th Century Fox Archive
Director: John McTiernan
Country: United States
Runtime: 107 minutes
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Person
Double Feature with THE RUNNING MAN
*You only need to buy one ticket to see both features*