If you’re feeling nostalgic for some good 80’s action flick or want to relive some of The Governator’s best work, you have to pick up Predator.  As a kid, I saw bits and pieces of Predator, but it wasn’t until now that I saw the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic in full.

An interview with Jesse Ventura on a local radio show (I can’t recall whether it was The Big O & Dukes Show or The LaVar Arrington Show With Chad Dukes, but it was something on 1067 The Fan FM here in Washington with Chad Dukes) not long ago caused a spark within me, reminding me just how awesome parts of Predator were – not just the action, but also the dialogue, and it renewed my interest in watching the film in full.  I remembered having seen bits of it a couple decades ago, but I had either forgotten about the classic dialogue or having missed out on those parts of the film completely.  A preview I saw for the upcoming movie Predators increased my interest in checking out the 1987 version, so I moved it towards the top of my rental queue.

I’m SOO glad I rented it.

I half expected that the special effects would look cheesey now that technology has advanced what’s capable of being created for film, but even 23 years later most of the effects – beit the dismemberment of a human or the cloaking technology of the Predator or even the weaponry used by the antagonist, it still holds up very well.  In fact, I saw the final few scenes of Predator 2 not too long ago on television, and they were horrible compared to the original.

Some of the quotes in the movie, while not necessarily politically correct, were awesome and really helped give you an idea for who the characters are.  In no particular order:

(caution: language)

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  • You’re ghostin’ us, motherf–ker. I don’t care who you are back in the world, you give away our position one more time, I’ll bleed ya, real quiet. Leave ya here. Got that?
  • Poncho: You’re bleeding, man. You’re hit.
    Blain (Jesse Ventura): I ain’t got time to bleed.
  • Blain (Jesse Ventura): Bunch of slack-jawed faggots around here. This stuff will make you a god damned sexual Tyrannosaurus, just like me.
  • Billy: I’m scared Poncho.
    Poncho: Bullsh-t. You ain’t afraid of no man.
    Billy: There’s something out there waiting for us, and it ain’t no man. We’re all gonna die.
  • Dutch: If it bleeds, we can kill it.
  • Dutch: My men are not expendable. And I don’t do this kind of work. (if for no other reason than it makes me think of the new Expendables movie)
  • any of Hawkins’ jokes – not that they were good, but just the awkward way with which the character delivered the jokes (the actor did a great job with the delivery)
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    Anyone who likes action films and doesn’t mind a little blood should watch Predator if they haven’t seen it already.  The alien kicks ass, and Schwarzenegger is awesome in this one.

    I can’t wait for the reboot / sequel they’re coming out with this summer.

    By the way, I think my newborn son enjoys action films.  For some reason, they seem to help him sleep.  No joke.


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