The Predator is one of the most recognizable movie monsters, taking on everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger to the titular beast of the Alien movies. While the franchise has had many ups, it has also seen its fair share of downs. Before the release of the new predator movie Preyhere is a ranking of each of the Predator movies so far.
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Predator Movies ranked
7. Alien vs Predator: Requiem (2007)
The sequel to the first crossover film from 2007, Alien vs Predator: Requiem it’s a mess. The story is actually quite simple: the Predator ship from the first film crashes into a small Colorado town, unleashing the ill-named Predalien (a hybrid Alien and Predator) on the unsuspecting populace.
The simple setup is failed by bad acting and even worse directing. The film is so poorly lit that many scenes are almost pitch dark. While this movie heightened the gore of the previous crossover movie, it comes across as coarse and unnecessarily sharp. This movie was directed by the Strause brothers (that’s what they call themselves), who previously had music videos for Linkin Park, Staind, and other scary bands. Unfortunately, teenage anxiety didn’t translate into intergalactic horror.
6. The Predator (2018)
After acting and working as a script doctor on the first film, Shane Black returned to the franchise in 2018 with The Predator. Black has an impressive filmography and has directed The nice guys, kiss kiss bang bang, Iron Man 3 and have written Deadly Weaponbut his skills behind the camera couldn’t save this film.
The plot is complicated. A soldier encounters a crashed Predator ship and steals some of the technology. He then sends the alien gear back to his home, where it is intercepted by his autistic son. A group of soldiers suffering from various stress-related problems come together to rescue the child, who is the target of Predators.
If this plot sounds confusing, that’s because it is. The film was plagued with reshoots, and much of the film’s original plot was cut away.
Further complicating matters was that Black cast a sex offender friend of his in a minor role in the film. Star Olivia Munn, who shared a scene with this actor, found out shortly before the film’s release and spoke out against the casting, prompting the studio to cut even more at the last minute. Black later apologized to Munn.
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5. Alien vs Predator (2004)
the end of Predator 2 revealed a xenomorph skull on the Predator’s trophy wall, teasing the eventual cinematic clash between the franchises. It would be another 14 years before Alien vs Predator was finally released in 2004.
The film had a checkered history, with multiple scripts and directors coming on board before dropping out. Finally, Paul WS Anderson, famous for directing some of the Resident Evil films, was able to put the film into production.
While fans were skeptical, especially given its PG-13 rating (the only movie in both series not to be R rated), the end result is…good. The film certainly lives up to its title, with a story set in Antarctica with hidden, underground pyramids and imprisoned human scientists. This movie is stupid fun, but unlike the sequel, it’s well lit so the audience could watch the Aliens and Predators fight.
4. Predator 2 (1990)
This 1990 film is set in the distant future of 1997, where Los Angeles is suffering from a severe heat wave. Unfortunately, predators love heat, which prompts one of the hunters to go into town and hunt down various crime and drug lords. The film has a fantastic cast, including Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Maria Conchita Alonso and Bill Paxton, and certainly has a unique visual style. It is also responsible for the introduction of many of the Predator lore and is a lot of fun.
The reason why Predator 2 isn’t higher on this list is that it’s also clunky, and Glover gives a performance that can be generously described as “great.”
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While the film initially received negative reviews, it has gained cult following over the years and many of those fans will probably be yelling at me on Twitter for not raising it.
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3. Predators (2010)
Stealing a trick from the Alien franchise, Predators fulfilled its titular promise of taking on multiple Predators. Released in 2010, this film saw the Predators return to their own solo series and back to hunting humans. This time, they’ve gathered a group of Earth’s deadliest warriors and forced them to an alien planet that’s essentially a giant hunting sanctuary.
While Adrien Brody is an odd choice for the tough protagonist (he spends the film making an impression of Christian Bale‘s Batman voice), the movie is a solid popcorn movie. There are lots of fun set pieces, a fun cast of characters, and a few twists and turns.
2. Prey (2022)
Prey is a return form for the Predator franchise with many unique twists, taking place about 300 years before the first film and showing that the Predators tortured and terrorized the tribe (and the world) for centuries.
The film was shot in both English and Comanche to make it both accessible and real, with producer Jhane Myers explaining to SlashFilm“That’s very important to me as a Comanche and working with our Comanche language department, also working with Comanche language speakers. But just the fact that people have a choice, the world will have the choice to go to the whole movie in Listening to Comanche is fantastic.”
Director Dan Trachtenberg explained that the initial intention was for the film to start with the actors speaking Comanche and then transition into English, similar to how the Russian characters did in the classic. The hunt for the red Octoberbut said it just didn’t work for Prey.
“Both languages are spoken, but when you hear English it’s like it’s Comanche,” he said. “But what Jhane is talking about is on Hulu. There will be a Comanche dubbing of the film, so you can watch the entire film in Comanche with the original actors returning to perform their roles.”
It’s the first film ever to be available entirely in Comanche, and Hulu viewers can choose which version they want to see and hear.
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1. Predator (1987)
This 1987 film directed by John McTiernan was the beginning of the franchise. It is clearly the best of the series and has a simple story: Arnold Schwarzenegger leads a team of Special Ops commandos into a Central American jungle on a rescue mission. Instead, they are stalked by an alien hunter.
The first act of Predator feels like a generic action movie before turning into a thrilling and thrilling slasher movie. The Predator is terrifying, especially considering that it usually appears as just a pair of glowing eyes in the jungle. The film also features some of Schwarzenegger’s classic one-liners, including the iconic “Get to the choppa!”
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