This book contains 160 horror movie reviews. These movies all contain shock, sex and gore. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 types of ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!
An alienating world...
Whatever drove the alien from 1987's Predator in a terrestrial jungle convinced the makers to go back there after a couple of urban renditions and including two spin-offs "versus" encounters from the creatures of the Alien franchise. As tradition dictates, most of the cast consists of tough males equipped with big guns. Check! The performances meet the previously established standards, too. Good.
This isn't exactly a return to source, as it turns out, and there lies the mystery instigated by the first scenes. The jungle compares to none from our world. The thick enigma puts the protagonists at the center of the story, making them vulnerable despite the caricatural courage they're going to need. As the title dictates, there are "predators"; not just one and not just a few.
It's horror, science-fiction and action all rolled into one, and it somewhat behaves as a prequel would. It extrapolates on the foreign specie's mythology. The 3-D's cool but sadly not scary, so the effects that didn't work in the 80's and 90's now do and vice versa. Predators wants to tell you a dense story. While some of the signature elements aren't conserved properly, the creators meant well.