The following pages analyze 99 horror films grouped in 16 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.
An alienating mayhem!
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.