A team of commandos are hunted one by one in the jungle by an alien hunter.
Directed by John McTiernan
Written by Jim Thomas and John Thomas
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves,
Shane Black, Kevin Peter Hall
Oscar Nominations - Best Visual Effects
Predator is one of the most epic movies ever made, and that's before the Predator even shows up. The insane cast of buff, badass soldiers sporting giant machine guns help make this 80's classic just the right amount of cheesy. But there are serious elements of horror, like the Predator's method of skinning his victims and blasting holes in their heads with a big space laser. This film brought an iconic sci-fi character into pop culture with the Predator, and none of the films that followed this one ever came close to capturing the same perfect blend of cheese, frights, and pure American badassery.
Our heroes are an elite band of commandos led by Dutch (Schwarzenegger). When they are sent into the jungles of South America to rescue a government agent, they encounter a vicious yet honorable hunter from outer space. The Predator hunts them down one by one, leading to some incredible action sequences and a host of memorable character deaths. And you care about every one of them. The camaraderie is believable, so much so that the death of each soldier is emotional.
Predator is one of my favorite Arnold roles, with a number of iconic lines and moments that stuck not just in my mind but in the pop culture community. As I said, the franchise regrettably peaked really quick, though two and three aren't bad. But Predator will always be an insanely fun watch that will last forever simply because it is just such an exciting movie that knows exactly what it is.