Predator

Commandos on a rescue mission in a jungle are ambushed by an invisible beast.
Horror for Beginners
Creature Feature
United States
1987
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Alien Film
Invisible Film
Stalker: 
Hunter
Sneaker
Dimensional: 
Spaceman
8
An alienating mayhem!
8
5.04
7.04
8
3
4
3
Ambiance
Dialogue
Performances
Because predator is a horror movie strongly inspired by creature films from the realms of science-fiction and action, it presents protagonists with caricatural courage, big muscles, big guns and bad tempers rather than frail individuals. Arnold Schwarzenegger is, as usual, a man of few words. His stoic presence is all we need. The rest of the cast is also rather purposely downplayed.
The first act would have you think this is a war movie, but then greatness ensues... Predator is all about the alien, really, and what a great creature design we're treated with! The effects aren't always crisp and photographically seamless, but they bring something new to the audience. The jungle is a character of its own. The whole film is spent there and the makers make the most of it.
Although Predator could rightfully be labeled "slasher", it mostly bathes in a heroic military score that keeps us away from a clichéd victimization of the cast. The structure isn't unlike that of most action-thriller movies of the time. Well shot, frantically paced and skillfully directed, this is an instant classic that was allocated the big budget its premise deserved.
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