Predator (1987)

Predator (1987)

Directed by: John McTiernan

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Aww, ya gotta love Predator. I mean, so long as you ignore every sequel and all that stupid vs Alien stuff and just think about the first movie, which was actually good… Then ya gotta love Predator.

Carl Weathers calls in his old commando friend Ahnold to save a senator from behind enemy lines in the jungle. Once they get there, they find skinned and flayed bodies and that naughty Carl was just using them for a suicide mission. The squad starts dying off one by one until they finally figure out what’s going on: An alien that can turn invisible is hunting them down. Shit.

Yeah, the predator is an alien, too. So that’s part of why that title’s stupid. Doesn’t matter, ANYWAY, I can’t believe I never noticed before that the first shot of this movie is the predator’s spaceship landing on Earth. I always thought it was supposed to be a surprise that there was this crazy alien thing attacking them! Why the fuck would you put a spaceship at the beginning of your movie where that’s a twist… unless it was an unintentional twist or something? Which is pretty damn weird. How do you accidentally build up suspense in the right way?

 

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