Favourites Friday – Predator series

“If it bleeds, we can kill it.”

Cards on the table time – while I do enjoy the Predator-related films (Predator, Predator 2, Alien vs Predator, Alien vs Predator: Requiem and Predators) I would say that it is the character that I love rather than a specific film.

Wikipedia provides this definition of Predator: The Predator is a fictional extraterrestrial species featured in the Predator science-fiction franchise, characterised by its trophy hunting of other dangerous species for sport, including humans and its fictional counterparts, Aliens.

Created by screenwriter brothers John and James Thomas, Predator is a sapient (ability to act with judgement) and sentient (ability to feel or perceive) humanoid creature with the following features:

  • arthropod-like mandibles (mouth part)
  • long, hair-like appendages (weird-looking dreadlocks!)
  • luminescent phosphor green blood

As a species, they are taller and stronger than humans.

I have watched all the Predator-related films bar Alien vs Predator: Requiem, though I am slightly hesitant as the critical reviews weren’t that positive. Predator, though, is a double-edged blade: it is a fantastic action movie and great sci-fi movie. Arnie Schwarzenegger is a great physical match for Predator – he wasn’t crowned Mr Olympia seven times for nothing!

However, it is Predator himself who is unforgettable.

Predator is wonderfully basic – he is an alien who enjoys the stalking and hunting of other life forms and has some pretty cool gadgets to do it. Thermal imagery and a light-bending cloaking device are two such gadgets which were demonstrated in the Predator franchise.

Bearing all the above in mind, though I am a Predator fan, I still wouldn’t want to come face-to-face with him in a dark alley or a jungle or a city or Antarctica…

Ps, I was recently shown this cracker of a video on YouTube – it’s fantastic!

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