Predator (film)

Predator DVD Cover

Directed by HYPERLINK «» \o
«John McTiernan» John McTiernan

Produced by HYPERLINK «» \o
«Joel Silver» Joel Silver ,

HYPERLINK «» \o «Lawrence
Gordon» Lawrence Gordon ,

HYPERLINK «» \o «John Davis»
John Davis

Written by HYPERLINK «» \o «Jim
Thomas» Jim Thomas ,

HYPERLINK «» \o «John Thomas»
John Thomas

«» \o «Arnold
Schwarzenegger» Arnold Schwarzenegger ,

HYPERLINK «» \o «Carl
Weathers» Carl Weathers ,

HYPERLINK «» \o «Bill Duke»
Bill Duke ,

HYPERLINK «» \o «Sonny
Landham» Sonny Landham ,

HYPERLINK «» \o «Shane Black»
Shane Black ,

HYPERLINK «» \o «Jesse
Ventura» Jesse Ventura ,

HYPERLINK «» \o «Kevin
Peter Hall» Kevin Peter Hall (predator)

Music by HYPERLINK «» \o
«Alan Silvestri» Alan Silvestri

Distributed by HYPERLINK
«» \o «20th Century Fox»
20th Century Fox

Release date HYPERLINK «» \o «June
12» June 12 , HYPERLINK «» \o «1987»

Running time 107 min.

Awards HYPERLINK «» \o
«Saturn Award» Saturn Award (1988) Best Music — Alan Silvestri

Language English

Budget $18,000,000

«» IMDb profile

Predator is a HYPERLINK «» \o
«1987 in film» 1987 HYPERLINK
«» \o «Science fiction»
science fiction movie that was directed by HYPERLINK
«» \o «John McTiernan» John
McTiernan and released on Friday, HYPERLINK
«» \o «June 12» June 12 ,
HYPERLINK «» \o «1987» 1987 . It
featured actors HYPERLINK
«» \o «Arnold
Schwarzenegger» Arnold Schwarzenegger , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Carl Weathers» Carl
Weathers , HYPERLINK «» \o «Bill
Duke» Bill Duke , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Sonny Landham» Sonny
Landham , HYPERLINK «» \o
«Elpidia Carrillo» Elpidia Carrillo , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Richard Chaves»
Richard Chaves , HYPERLINK «»
\o «Shane Black» Shane Black , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Jesse Ventura» Jesse
Ventura , HYPERLINK «» \o
«Kevin Peter Hall» Kevin Peter Hall , HYPERLINK
«» \o «Sven-Ole Thorsen»
Sven-Ole Thorsen and HYPERLINK
«» \o «R.G. Armstrong» R.G.
Armstrong . The jungle scenes for this movie were located in southern
HYPERLINK «» \o «Mexico» Mexico ,
near HYPERLINK «» \o «Palenque»
Palenque . The movie was filmed in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Puerto Vallarta»
Puerto Vallarta .

The movie effectively blends the ’80s hard action-movie genre with a
healthy dose of HYPERLINK «» \o
«Sci-fi» sci-fi horror. Energetic and masculine, the movie was
successful enough (earning $60 million in the HYPERLINK
«» \o «United States» United
States alone) to generate a sequel, HYPERLINK
«» \o «Predator 2» Predator 2 ,
in 1990.


Soon the hunt will begin.

Nothing like it has ever been on Earth before. It came from another
planet for the thrill of the hunt. It picked the wrong man.

In a part of the world where there are no rules, deep in the jungle
where nothing that lives is safe, an elite rescue squad is being led by
the ultimate warrior. But now, they’re up against the ultimate enemy.
Nothing like it has ever been on earth before. It kills for pleasure, it
hunts for sport. But this time, it picked the wrong man to hunt.

We cannot see it, but it sees the heat of our bodies and the heat of our


HYPERLINK «» \l «Plot» 1 Plot

HYPERLINK «» \l «Themes» 2 Themes

HYPERLINK «» \l «Plot_Parallels» 3 Plot

HYPERLINK «» \l «Details» 4 Details

HYPERLINK «» \l «Trivia» 5 Trivia

HYPERLINK «» \l «External_links» 6
External links


«Wikipedia:Spoiler warning» Spoiler warning : Plot and/or ending
details follow.

The story begins in outer space. A dark, featureless spacecraft hurtles
toward Earth. As it makes a close pass on the night side of our planet,
it ejects an object that enters the atmosphere and leaves a fiery

Scene change — somewhere on the coast of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Central America»
Central America . The mission begins when six HYPERLINK
«» \o
«United States Army Special Forces» U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers
led by Major Alan «Dutch» Schaefer (Schwarzenegger) are ordered by
General Phillips (Armstrong) to rescue a HYPERLINK
«» \o «Guatemala» Guatemalan
cabinet minister who has been captured by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Guerrilla warfare»
guerrilla forces after his helicopter crashed in the jungle across the

Along with HYPERLINK «» \o «CIA» CIA
man Dillon (Weathers), the team is dropped behind the border and begins
looking for traces of the minister and his escort. They find the crashed
chopper, which appeared to be a «reconnaissance bird», rather than a
transport, as well as traces of a dozen rebels being followed by several
men with American equipment. It is noted that the pilot must have been
hit with something akin to thermal vision, given the accuracy of the

Shortly thereafter, they discover three dead U.S. soldiers hanging from
trees, all of them skinned. Dutch recognizes the dog tags of one skinned
man, and questions why they were out in the middle of the jungle —
Dillon claims to know nothing.

The search and rescue mission continues, and they soon discover the
guerrilla post and the hostages being held there. The team attacks and
destroys the guerilla base but the prisoners are already dead and turn
out to be CIA men. Dutch confronts Dillon and discovers Dillon made up
the cabinet minister story, and also admits that the skinned soldiers
that had gone missing were ordered there as well. In the aftermath of
the battle, the camera switches to the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Yautja» Predator’s thermal
view, watching from the trees and mimicking the team’s speech patterns.

With all guerrillas killed and a female prisoner, Anna (Carrillo), in
their custody, they proceed to their rendezvous point for evacuation. As
they move through the jungle they are stalked by something that they are
unable to see.

The group stops when Billy (Landham), the team’s tracker, notices
something in the trees that makes him nervous. Anna attempts to escape,
with Hawkins in pursuit. He reaches her, but HYPERLINK
«» \o «Yautja» the creature attacks
and kills Hawkins (Black) and Blain (Ventura) before vanishing into the
jungle using HYPERLINK
«» \o «Active camouflage»
active camouflage . However when Mac (Duke) spots Blain falling to the
ground and rushes to him, and sees what appears to be a large,
transparent man with flashing yellow eyes. Mac opens fire, running out
of ammunition quickly and grabs Blains HYPERLINK
«» \o «Mini-gun» mini-gun ,
unloading a full box of ammo as his teammates arrive and also start
shooting. As they attempt to kill it by saturating the jungle with
bullets they succeed only in slightly wounding the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Yautja» Predator . (A scene a
few minutes later shows the creature treating its wounds, revealing
fluorescent green blood.)

They mount a defensive position with HYPERLINK
«» \o «Claymore mine»
claymore mines , flares and trip wires. The HYPERLINK
«» \o «Yautja» Predator attacks
again in the night and destroys the defensive position. The creature
steals the body of Blain without alerting anyone or setting off any of
the traps. Early in the afternoon of the next day, the soldiers once
again mount a defensive position, this time by preparing a net in an
attempt to capture the «killer». The creature falls into the trap but
breaks free. Another cannon shot cuts the branch serving as the anchor
for the trap and it hits one of the team, Poncho Ramirez, in the chest,
injuring him badly.

The predator escapes once more and later goes on a killing rampage that
finishes all of Dutch’s men with the exception of himself and the female
prisoner. Surmising that the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Yautja» Predator won’t kill
a victim unless they are armed, Dutch kicks a gun out of the woman’s
hands and tells her to get to the evac helicopter.

Dutch escapes the creature and falls off a cliff into a huge river.
Thinking he escaped, Dutch desperately scrambles through the mud-covered
ground upon hearing the Predator land seconds behind him. Knowing he
can’t escape in his condition he resigns himself to a fatal end by
huddling against a mass of thick branches and logs. Dutch sees that the
stalker is a humanoid alien being utilizing advanced weaponry.
Particularly impressive is the device that allows it to «bend» light. As
the creature gets closer it pauses and is distracted by a small animal
in the underbrush. The creature is unable to detect Dutch because of the
mud he is covered with, which shields him from the creature’s
HYPERLINK «» \o «Infrared»
infrared vision.

Dutch waits until the creature is out of his sight and, lacking any more
firearms, begins preparing primitive weapons; spears, arrows and a
powerful bow, with which to battle his enemy. Dutch also uses his last
grenade launcher rounds to construct a small makeshift bomb. The scenes
of his preparation are intercut with scenes of the creature’s true
intent; it collects the skulls of its victims as trophies.

After nightfall, Dutch sends a war cry that is heard by the creature, an
intentional tactic to attract it. During the battle, Dutch is able to
damage the alien’s camouflage device, making it easier to track. The
creature also removes its helmet, revealing a deep-set eyes and a
frightening mandibled jaw with four large fangs. The showdown ends with
both enemies being wounded, but the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Yautja» Predator more so;
Dutch tripped one of his booby traps on it, dropping a tree log on it.
Dutch then approaches the Predator pinned under a stump and as he is
about to kill his helpless opponement he stops and stares at it asking,
«What the Hell are you?» Mortally crippled, the alien laughs (mimicking
Billy’s laughter at a joke) as he activates a plasma-based self-destruct
device that leaves a large area of jungle burned, although Dutch saves
himself in traditional action-movie fashion by jumping out of the way of
the blast. The rescue team arrives and airlifts Dutch and the woman out
of the jungle.

Spoilers end here.


Despite its action-based plot, Predator does have a few notable themes.
The concept of humanity warring with nature is prevalent, even beyond
the jungle setting and the tactics used by Dutch’s team in trying to
fight the alien, such as the huge net they rig to capture it.
Unfortunately for the team, the jungle surroundings prove to be more
useful for the creature, its camouflage and agility being the perfect

There are also slight references to the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Vietnam War» Vietnam War
and the methods used by guerrilla forces during that conflict. The
mutilated and flayed soldiers found early in the film reflect the terror
tactics of the HYPERLINK «» \o
«Viet Cong» Viet Cong and their attempts to demoralize American
soldiers. Additionally, the Predator itself lends to this theme due to
its ability to attack, kill, and escape nearly undetected, often with
the skulls and spinal columns of its victims to be kept as trophies.
Furthermore, both Blain and Mac are HYPERLINK
«» \o «Vietnam veteran»
Vietnam veterans (they reminisce about how the Central American jungle
reminds them of similar conditions in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Cambodia» Cambodia ).

Plot Parallels

Some claim to see «clear parallels» between the plot of «Predator» and
the plot of the ancient Anglo Saxon poem » HYPERLINK
«» \o «Beowulf» Beowulf «.

In both stories a group of elite foreign warriors arrive in an area
suffering the depradations of a mysterious, almost-invisible monster
that has defeated other warriors on their own ground — in «Beowulf» a
great hall; in «Predator» the crashed (or downed?) helicopter.

The newly arrived warriors sleep in or near this place, and the monster
comes in the night to attack them. They fight, but the warriors’ weapons
and tactics are ineffective against the monster, who is protected by
near-invisibility, and magic that deflects weaponry. Picking off the
warriors one by one, the monster takes, or returns and steals, the
corpses of its victims, to keep as trophies.

At one crucial point the monster flees the warriors after being wounded
in the arm. A sign that the monster has been wounded, an indication of
its mortality, is seen in the finding of its blood, a substance of
unnatural colour. (In «Beowulf», two related monsters are dealt with in
succession, but in «Predator» they are conflated into one.)

In both stories, the hero discards some of the potent weapons with which
he has been equipped (a firearm in «Predator»; the legendary sword
Hunting in «Beowulf») when he realises they are useless against the
monster, and in the end he is protected by his own special armour
(simple mud, in the «Predator» version).

Ultimately, he uses ingenuity and cunning to protect himself and outwit
the monster. He turns its own weapons against it and fells it by his own
singular might, removing its head (or, in «Predator», prising off its
helmet) in final victory.

Both stories contain the element of gradually coming to know the nature
of the mysterious alien(s), and learning how to counter it.

This is made more apparent by Jim and John Thomas’ admission that their
parents read Beowulf as a bed time story when they were kids.

There is also a parallel with Ridley Scott’s HYPERLINK
«» \o «Alien» Alien which was
released only eight years earlier, providing the scenario of a small
group of ‘professionals’ in an isolated environment being picked-off one
by one by an incredibly aggressive and seemingly indestructible alien


The original alien was going to be a more insect-like creature, and was
going to be played by HYPERLINK
«» \o «Jean Claude Van
Damme» Jean Claude Van Damme , but it was decided that it wasn’t scary
enough and was redesigned. Van Damme quit after two days, unhappy with
being cast as an uncredited special effect; though it has also been said
that he could not bear the uncomfortable heat inside the costume during

The revamped HYPERLINK «» \o
«Yautja» «Predator» , played by the late HYPERLINK
«» \o «Kevin Peter Hall»
Kevin Peter Hall , is equipped with an impressive line of weapons,
including a shoulder-mounted plasma cannon (plasmacaster), metal armor,
wrist computer system, medical-survival kit, wrist-mounted double-edged
blade, cutting tools, and a cloaking device that bends light rays,
rendering the creature almost invisible. It also has access to a
personal plasma bomb (not nuclear) accessed by the wrist computer system
which serves as a ‘self-destruct system,’ intended to allow the hunter
to retain some honor and also prevent his weaponry from being recovered
by the victorious prey.

One of the most effective aspects of this movie was the merging of the
villain’s design and the driving force of the suspense in the script. In
all Horror and SciFi-Horror movies, one of the leading methods of
generating suspense is to slowly reveal the villain throughout the
movie. This is usually done using fleeting glances and extreme closeups.

However, in Predator, the inclusion of the mask, heat-based vision,
stealthy behaviour and the cloaking field allowed the creature to be
slowly revealed without using these gimmicks. This «hiding in plain
sight» method increased the suspense of the film, as well as creating
neat easter eggs for interested fans. For example, a diligent fan will
notice the predator’s distinctive chatter in the scene where the skinned
corpses of several GI’s are found.

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There is also a series of novels, comics, computer games, and a movie
that connects Predator with the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Alien (movie)»
Alien series, called HYPERLINK
«» \o «Alien vs.
Predator» Alien vs. Predator . An HYPERLINK
«» \o «Alien
vs. Predator (Arcade)» arcade game in the series features a fighter
based on Schwarzenegger’s character. SciFi HYPERLINK
«» \o «Cyberpunk» cyberpunk
writer HYPERLINK «» \o «John
Shirley» John Shirley has written a Predator novel, «Forever
Midnight», for Dark Horse books. It is a fusion of the futuristic
interplanetary story and the Predator mythos, in which Shirley creates
some of the Predator’s language, culture and biology, telling some of
the story from the Predator’s point of view; some of this creativity,
which has satirical elements (for instance Predator offspring play
videogames like human children only they remote-control human beings,
rather than digital characters, forcing them to kill one another in real
life), may be at odds with other Predator tie-in material, but Shirley
arguably makes up for it with sheer inventive glee and fecundity of

«Jean-Claude Van Damme» Jean-Claude Van Damme was originally cast as
the alien hunter. When he later found out that his face, and name would
not appear on film, he dropped out of the role. This can all be heard on
the Special Edition 2 Disc DVD set’s commentary and behind the scenes

The line «Run! Go! GET TO THE CHOPPER!» (also spelled as «GET TO DA
CHOPPAH!») has become popular on the Internet, and has been used by
HYPERLINK «» \o «SportsCenter»
SportsCenter anchor HYPERLINK
«» \o «Scott Van Pelt» Scott
Van Pelt and HYPERLINK «» \o
«Neil Everett» Neil Everett in hockey highlights. The line, «If it
bleeds, we can kill it,» is also used by Van Pelt when the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Nashville
Predators» Nashville Predators lose. Another famous line from the
film, «I ain’t got time to bleed.» spoken by Ventura’s character,
Blaine, subsequently became the title of Ventura’s 2000 autobiography.

The helicopter pilot at the end is the man who plays the predator, late
actor and mime artist HYPERLINK
«» \o «Kevin Peter Hall»
Kevin Peter Hall .

HYPERLINK «» \o «Kevin
Peter Hall» Kevin Peter Hall passed away April of 1991. He died of
HYPERLINK «» \o «AIDS» AIDS which he
contracted through a blood transfusion after a major car accident in Los

Predator was director HYPERLINK
«» \o «John McTiernan» John
McTiernan ‘s first studio movie. The studio wanted writer HYPERLINK
«» \o «Shane Black» Shane Black
to watch over McTiernan because it was his first studio film, so Black
was hired for the part of Hawkins in the film.

Both director HYPERLINK «»
\o «John McTiernan» John McTiernan and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Arnold
Schwarzenegger» Arnold Schwarzenegger lost 25 pounds because of this
movie. Schwarzenegger lost the weight before the movie shot because his
role called for it, but McTiernan lost the weight because he did not eat
the food in HYPERLINK «» \o
«Mexico» Mexico , fearing it would make him sick.

The HYPERLINK «» \o «Mandibles»
mandibles of the Predator were the idea of HYPERLINK
«» \o «James Cameron» James
«» \o
«Wikipedia:Citing sources» citation needed ].

The General Electric HYPERLINK «»
\o «Minigun» Minigun used by Blain in the film has become a
HYPERLINK «» \o «Running gag»
running gag in the books of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Robert Rankin» Robert
Rankin ; after the words: «Fires up to 6000 rounds per minute. 7.62 x 51
mm shells. 1.36 kg recoil adapters. Six muzzle velocity of 869 m/s.»
were uttered by HYPERLINK «» \o
«Elvis» Elvis in They Came And Ate Us. (In reality, the blowback from
such a gun is so powerful that no one would be able to stay upright and
shoot it — it has to be vehicle mounted) Not to mention that if you
could carry such a weapon you would run out of ammo in seconds.

Some speculate the Elite from the game HYPERLINK
«» \o «Halo
(video game series)» Halo took their design from the Predator in that
they both have plasma weapons, armor cloaking, a warrior tradition, four
mandibles and melee weapons. In addition, they both have a war cry and
both are stronger faster and tougher than most humans, and both are

Interestingly, three of the movie’s stars went on to become HYPERLINK
«» \o «Gubernatorial»
gubernatorial candidates, two of whom — Arnold Schwarzenegger (
HYPERLINK «» \o «California»
California ) and Jesse Ventura ( HYPERLINK
«» \o «Minnesota» Minnesota ) —
won election (Landham ran for governor of Kentucky in 2003). A
«Saturday Night Live» Saturday Night Live sketch parodied this fact by
having Carl Weathers appear asking any state to vote him as their
governor, with the caption «Vote for Carl Weathers: He was the black guy
in Predator!»

External links

«» Fan site Predator: The
Hunted contains all Predator info

«» IMDB — Predator page

«» Beowulf

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