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1980s, Predator, Sci-Fi - Aliens, Uncategorized

Predator (1987)

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A bunch of ex-special forces mercenaries are hired to go into the Central American jungle, together with a CIA spook in order to rescue a couple of hostages from some bandits. As they make their way through the jungle they become aware that everything is not quite as it should be and their fears are confirmed when they find three flayed bodies hanging from a tree. Nor is the quest quite as described, but they easily overcome the bandits, only to find that they are being picked off by an invisible assailant.

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The guys struggle a bit in the jungle, they arrive at the bandit’s camp, take the enemy to the cleaners and capture a female terrorist. But there is something in the jungle canopy watching them, and they sense that they are being tracked. They are equipped with a variety of heavy duty firearms and at times they loose them off big time. The predator watches them and through its eyes we see them as red and blue shapes. They are picked off in violent and bloody ways.  There is no sex or nudity and just a bit of drinking.

A View I have seen this a few times and it remains watchable. The invisibility of the predator is really effective and when it finally becomes visible it is threatening in its armour, and horrifying when it takes its helmet off. It was well liked by everybody back in the day and has stood the test of time. So definitely a watch even if you are not too enthusiastic about the genre.
Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 18
Source of story An original screenplay.
Director John McTiernan
Writers/Script Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Shane Black, Kevin Peter Hall
Additional Info Apparently Kevin Peter Hall, the predator, could not see out of the costume so had to rehearse his scenes before putting the helmet on, then remember how it had gone.

 

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