This week we’re talking all about the Predator matters. From comics to films and the lore that its steeped in – yes, even AVP – we dig into why this film that began with Jean-Claude Van Damme in a read monster suit jumping over logs became one of the cornerstones of action and science fiction in the 1980s, 90s, and today. Adrian leads us through the history of the franchise, its technical effects wonders, and more.
If you’re unfamiliar, the series begins with Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a soldier of fortune, who is hired by the U.S. government to secretly rescue a group of politicians trapped in Guatemala. But when Dutch and his team, which includes weapons expert Blain (Jesse Ventura) and CIA agent George (Carl Weathers), land in Central America, something is gravely wrong. After finding a string of dead bodies, the crew discovers they are being hunted by a brutal creature with superhuman strength and the ability to disappear into its surroundings. From this film, the series has developed into comics that feature crossovers, numerous sequels, and video games. Now is your chance to find out exactly why Predator matters.
Here’s Jean-Claude Van Damme as the original Predator.