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Predator (1987) — Episode 138 — Decades of Horror 1980s

“If it bleeds, we can kill it!” One of the many famous lines in  Predator (1987) spoken by the film’s iconic star Arnold Schwarzenegger. The design of the alien hunter from FX maestro  Stan Winston is one of the most recognizable creatures in cinematic history!  Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore revisit the classic sci-fi/action/horror fils from director  John McTiernan, the genius behind Die Hard.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 138 — Predator (1987)

Released in 1987, Predator  introduced horror fans to a brand new alien threat. No E.T. friendly, extraterrestrial love here, folks. This alien is out to hunt and kill its prey: humans. A gigantic hit when released due to its star-studded  macho cast, the film registered with audiences and solidified  Schwarzenegger’s rising star power status. Alongside  Schwarzenegger, the film cast  Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, and Shane Black as a group of mercenaries on a mission in Central America when they encounter a creature bigger and more powerful than they are. The Predator is played by  Kevin Peter Hall who also played Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons and the alien in Without Warning.

Christopher G. Moore and Doc Rotten revisit Predator in time for the upcoming blockbuster film The Predator (2018) directed by Shane Black, who is featured in the 1987  original. The Grue-Crew find the film holding up remarkably well due to  Schwarzenegger (and his co-stars) and the fantastic creature design by Stan Winston. Winston, interestingly, came into the feature late after the first designs didn’t live up — those designs were to be worn by  Jean-Claude Van Damme who quit the film after only two days. “Get to the chopper!”

A team of special force ops, led by a tough but fair soldier, Major “Dutch” Schaefer, are ordered to assist CIA man, Colonel Al Dillon, on a rescue mission for potential survivors of a Helicopter downed over remote South American jungle. Not long after they land, Dutch and his team discover that they have been sent in under false pretenses. This deception turns out to be the least of their worries though, when they find themselves being methodically hunted by something not of this world.

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Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.