After having an absolute blast a little while back nerding out with Imperial Rebel Ork over Prey (2022), the latest installment in the Predator franchise, I (Sugar) figured it was time to revisit the classics. I had memories of watching these with my dad as a kid, but I honestly didn’t remember a whole lot about them since it had been so long, especially the first one, so this re-watch has been long overdue.
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.
Wow, this movie is SO hardcore 80’s it hurts! It effortlessly nails every high octane, testosterone-overloaded movie trope you can imagine, but was also so good that I couldn’t pull my eyes away for even a second. Action movies are not my go-to genre in the slightest, BUT this movie brings some serious sci-fi horror and I am here for it! 😀 All the horror bits are excellent and really bring the movie to the next level. Even though the CGI bits obviously didn’t age well since 1987, ALL of the practical effects were top notch. The gore was all done really well, and the damn Predator himself was an absolute force to be reckoned with, and SO creepy! He already looked so badass with the metal helmet on, but when he finally takes it off and we get the full face reveal . . . *total chef’s kiss moment* It really is amazing how good the practical effects hold up after all this time. I definitely enjoyed this one and will make a better effort going forward to not go so long between re-watches. 😉
Predator 2 (1990)
The Predator returns to Earth, this time to stake a claim on the war-torn streets of a dystopian Los Angeles.
Between the first two movies, this was definitely the one I remembered more of, especially the end of the movie. After re-watching it again finally, I can completely see why. The first part of Predator 2 mostly just had me missing the first one, but the second half got really good and I ended up enjoying it overall. Still had awesome practical effects, but the added bonus of better CGI this time around as well.
What is your favorite Predator movie? Do you like he franchise? What movies have you revisited lately, and did they hold up as well as you remembered?