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Hold onto your skulls, because Predator 2 is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean ‘Hollywood’ Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell: Brash, crude, and confrontational, Predator 2 is nonetheless a film worth revisiting over and over again. While the plot and pacing aren’t as tight as the original film, the movie is carried by the eccentric performances of its cast and the wonderful special effects by Stan Winston and company.

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7 Responses

  1. Yes, I will have some candy, Mr Gooberzilla.

    I actually really like this movie. I thought the idea of putting the Predator in the the urban sprawl was a great idea. While most people can’t relate to some South American jungle, most can relate to a urban craphole.

    I think Danny Glover is great as the lead. He’s a hard-boiled cop, but he sure as hell isn’t a supercop. Even though he is a big tall dude, he’s one of those gangly tall guys who moves kinda weird and very ungracefully. He wasn’t Arnold, but he wasn’t trying to be. He’s a urban cop, not some highly trained secret special ops supersoldier.

    You guys actually like AvP2? That movie was so friggen terrible. Sure it was rated R so there wasn’t the sissified PG13 of the first AVP. But, the direction, script and acting was just downright bad. What I remember most about that movie is the awful Dawson’s Creek crap with the bland high school kids at the beginning. Don’t get me started with the wooden acting.

    Anyway, good episode.

    P.S. just watched Swamp Thing for the first time in decades and thought who else would be better to review a Swamp Thing movie than two guys who live in a swamp state.

  2. 1) it is ED 209.

    2) If I remember this movie was an almost direct comic adaptation of one of the Dark Horse comics but the Danny Glover character was Dukes brother/cosin/some immediate family member and Duke, all scarred and charred made a cameo along the lines of warning off his brother from trusting the Waylan-Yutani and goverment spooks.

    3) I always thought the xenomorph skull fan service was one of the most genius spots of “nudge nudge, wink wink, you see what we did there?”.

    4)IMHO this is the last Predator movie that actually stays true to the cannon.

  3. Predator 2 is one of those movies, like Escape For New York, Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man, Prayer of The Rollerboys, and, yes, even Robocop, as one of those films that preyed on America’s concern over rising crime rates. They all seem to be set in or around 1997 (although Robocop is more some vague and unstated “ten years from now” setting). Ironically, the crime rate started falling sometime around 1994. I remember reading Freakonomics and the opening chapter, discussing the crime rate and how one of the major factors was probably legalized abortion, along with “drug war” sentencing, increased police presence, and the elimination of lead-based paint, and was some how reminded of those films and how the future they predicted would never come to be.

    Also, the country in Predator is Val Verde. And yes, it’s the same country in Commando, since it was written by the same screenwriter, Steven de Souza. Die Hard 2, also written by him, features a corrupt general being extradited to the U.S. from Val Verde.

  4. Predator 2 is one of those movies, like Escape For New York, Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man, Prayer of The Rollerboys, and, yes, even Robocop, as one of those films that preyed on America’s concern over rising crime rates. They all seem to be set in or around 1997 (although Robocop is more some vague and unstated “ten years from now” setting). Ironically, the crime rate started falling sometime around 1994. I remember reading Freakonomics and the opening chapter, discussing the crime rate and how one of the major factors was probably legalized abortion, along with “drug war” sentencing, increased police presence, and the elimination of lead-based paint, and was some how reminded of those films and how the future they predicted would never come to be.

    Also, the country in Predator is Val Verde. And yes, it’s the same country in Commando, since it was written by the same screenwriter, Steven de Souza. Die Hard 2, also written by him, features a corrupt general being extradited to the U.S. from Val Verde.

  5. I’ve always sort of thought Predator was overrated and Predator 2 was underrated, though the latter probably isn’t better than the former, despite being more interesting, as these kinds of sequels usually are.

    The AVP novelizations (except for the last one) were really cool. The character’s name was “Machiko Noguchi,” which I thought was excellent. I had always hoped that we’d see those books on film. It’s odd to think back and remember that there was a time where we were excited for the prospect of Alien vs. Predator. The name has been so sullied by this point — even the latest video-game was poorly received

  6. I had the same kung pow thought as well

  7. According to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography, he was asked personally to be recast in Predator 2 as Dutch Schaeffer, he just took one good look at the script and said,

    “No Way. This sucks.”

    He had a gut feeling that it would be a bad movie I guess.

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